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PGCE Secondary Science

Course Description

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

Our PGCE Science has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality science teachers. Science teaching is a stated government priority nationally and therefore attractive bursaries are available to support your training. Attractive bursaries are available, also enhancement and booster courses (subject to confirmation of PGCE place).

As science is still a national shortage subject and government priority, successful trainees are very employable.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints campus, in Manchester city centre. Further details at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

During the first term you will learn how to plan lessons, how to organise and manage classrooms and laboratories, how to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere and how to evaluate your progress. You will also carry out an audit of your subject knowledge and use this to develop identified areas of your scientific understanding. Based in one of our placement schools, you will observe effective classroom practice first hand, engage in shared and individual teaching and complete a range of school-based training tasks that will begin to develop your understanding of your role as a science teacher.

In the second term, the focus of training will shift to the assessment of pupils' attainment and progress, the use of ICT in science teaching, teaching post-16 aspects of your specialism and looking at transition from primary to secondary schools. You will transfer to a second placement school, where you will take on an enhanced teaching role which has a greater emphasis on your ability to ue your assessment according to pupils' needs. At the end of this placement, you will be assessed against the classroom based aspects of the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In the third term you will follow a personalised agenda that has been agreed with your tutors and mentors. This will allow you to address any remaining QTS standards and to further develop your subject knowledge, both within and beyond your science specialism, to Key Stage 4 and Post-16 level. There will also be scope for individually negotiated project work within this term.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
Working in multi-professional teams
Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
Learning and teaching strategies
Managing students' behaviour
Planning and evaluating students' learning
Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

These courses have a high reputation within the region for producing very good science teachers. Successful trainees are highly employable; you will meet many of our former trainees in our placement schools.

As part of this PGCE you will gain 60 Masters Level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

Our flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme includes:

STEM Masters, specially designed for Newly Qualified Teachers and those in their first five years of teaching]
MAs available in Education, Educational Leadership and Management and Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs.

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. A fully funded 6 month Physics enhancement course is available for early applicants - see http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/pgce
. Short booster courses available (subject to confirmation of place), details at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/pgce
. Eligibility for bursary - see http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for details
. Course includes 60 Masters Level CAT points (one third of a Masters degree) - we offer an MSc in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM)
. Close links with our STEM Education North West centre and Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
. Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

Visit the PGCE Secondary Science page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. All subjects normally require a minimum of a 2:2 classification. Candidates will normally be expected to engage in at least two weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school. You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Course Fees

UK and EU students full-time £9,000 · Non-EU overseas students full-time £12,500

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