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PGCE Secondary Science with Biology PGCE

Course Description

Our PGCE course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and it not only teaches you 'what teaching is' but it also demonstrates and facilitates a way for you to become a great teacher" (PGCE Trainee January 2014).

We embrace the reflective-practitioner tag line, a method that trainees truly value and an approach engineered towards ensuring you will excel within any school environment.

About the course

PGCE Schools Direct

The School Direct model we are adopting is one which aligns the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we will only be able to offer places in Primary / Early Years, and in Secondary in Citizenship, English, Maths, MFL, PE and Science (with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics). Student teachers will attend the training workshops at the university with regular PGCE students. The placements will be planned to take place within the school / consortium of schools with the School Direct allocation. Within the overall requirement of 120 days in school, this time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

The consortium is part of the much larger family of nearly 100 School Direct at London Met schools. It represents a large body of schools that have joined together with London Metropolitan University to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University, and the school experience divided between two partner schools. A small number of primary schools have requested School Direct salaried trainees; they will host the trainee for the majority of the course, and release them to the university, for tuition.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics courses are all full-time, one-year courses. At their core, each course aims to:

ensure that you are a competent, dynamic and reflective teacher of science and of your specialist subject
enhance your subject knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and processes relevant to current science teaching
provide practical experience of a range of teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques
provide the necessary skills to facilitate planning of learning opportunities to include individual lesson plans, medium term and long term sequences of learning and extra-curricular learning opportunities
Applying to either London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process the course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status. Please see the ‘How to Apply’ section for the UCAS provider details of our partner schools.

"Trainees and NQTs are enthusiastic about their subject, and plan and teach lessons that are well structured. They make good use of subject-specific vocabulary in their planning and teaching." Ofsted 2015.


The different elements include:

Practical teaching experience across two placements is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
You will complete a number of formative assignments aimed at developing your knowledge of teaching and learning. These will help make up your Professional Practice portfolio, something which is compiled across the year and details your personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience. These formative assignments lead to a synoptic piece of writing focusing on teaching, learning and curriculum development.
In the last weeks of your teaching practice you will be given time to complete a research assignment focusing on broader issues and policies related to education.
In addition, a great emphasis is placed on formative feedback from your peers within the group, and from colleagues on placement. You will be expected to complete a weekly reflection on our virtual learning environment and contribute to online discussions.

There are no examinations.

Modular structure

You will be trained to teach school science up to age 14, as well as your specialist science subject of biology, chemistry or physics up to at least age 16. Some training in post-16 teaching is also provided, where appropriate.

After the course

On successful completion of the course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status for teaching science at Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) and Key Stage 4 (age 14-16) and your Biology specialism at Key Stage 4. London Metropolitan University's students have an excellent rate of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and finding teaching positions within six months of graduating.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the PGCE Secondary Science with Biology PGCE page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

For PGCE / PGCE by School Direct; you must have a relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or above, or an equivalent qualification from overseas. Other than "pure Biology", appropriate degrees might include ecology, biomedical sciences, physiology and forensic science.You will also require GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent).

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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