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PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry

Course Description

The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Science curriculum
Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.
We have a full range of specialist Science and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors fromm our partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on the use of ICT in Science and you will be expected to explore up to date developments in this area.

Two thirds (120 days) of the PGCE Secondary Science course will be on placement. We have excellent relationships with schools in north London, Essex and Hertfordshire and many of our graduates go on to work in their first teaching job at the schools where they had a placement.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry course involves students from all three science disciplines working together as a group. Teaching science at Key Stage 3 requires competence across the whole range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. This involves teaching the concepts and processes of how science works through the study of organisms, behaviour and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and forces, and the environment, Earth and universe. This also involves integrating the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works. The science with chemistry course therefore begins with a general mix of biology, chemistry and chemistry to enable you to teach all three sciences at KS3.

However, you will then be able to focus on teaching chemistry since, as well as being able to teach all the science specified in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 3, you will also be required to specialise in the teaching of chemistry topics at KS4, within a broad and balanced science curriculum.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Science with Chemistry page on the Middlesex University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 (hons degree) or equivalent qualification in a related subject. At least two weeks work experience in a UK Secondary school.

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