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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Biology

Course Description

Do you want an enormously rewarding opportunity to help children explore the world around them? Help teach about the exciting world of biology by studying to become a secondary school science teacher! You'll help students to make sense of their observations as they look at the inner workings of plants, animals and the human form. It's hard work and can be very challenging, but the satisfaction of teaching your students something new will make it all worthwhile.

Although you will specialise in biology, you will also learn how to teach chemistry and physics. We will show you how to run practical lessons effectively, sharing your ideas while maintaining the interest and enthusiasm of your pupils. We are proud of the high level of practical work in our course, giving you the hands-on experience you need for future employment. Put your knowledge of science to the test by working with young people and inspiring the scientists of tomorrow.

Course outline

We blend theories about learning with the wide range of skills a teacher needs, developing a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom. You'll learn from a variety of teaching methods including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues and mixed-subject research training activities.

You learn about the science curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms. We'll teach you to use ICT in lessons, how to mark and assess work and how the new Key Stage 4 curriculum is structured. Assessment takes the form of three pieces of written coursework and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.

Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Biology page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in biology, chemistry or physics, depending on your chosen specialism, is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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