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PGCE Secondary (Science with Biology)

Course Description

Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of biology to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our one year programme aims to prepare you to teach in a way that makes use of the latest developments and technology. You’ll be introduced to a range of modern scientific software and use and develop resources for interactive white boards. The placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career.

Key features

- Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.

- Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.

- Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.

- Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.

- Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.

- You'll be supported to teach all three sciences to GCSE, with a particular focus on your specialism.

- Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.

- Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.

- Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.

- Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching biology to children of all abilities from 11-18.
Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

- Our PGCE secondary programme is now part of the School Direct initiative, and we offer a wide range of subjects through this route.

Course details

You’ll take six core modules: induction and professional issues, teaching and learning biology, developing subject pedagogy, professional studies and practical teaching (two parts). You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles, enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department of Education. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

We’ll support you with a range of graduated practical experiences which will allow you to develop the confidence to take responsibility in the classroom. This tapered introduction to learning is a well established and successful feature of our teacher training. As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE year in local schools with two main secondary school placements as well as shorter visits to primary schools. You’ll be supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor.


Non-academic requirements:

You'll be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form. You must be deemed fit to teach. You must be able to reflect on some significant experience (a minimum of ten days) in a relevant educational setting(s).

You'll need to pass your Professional Skills Tests (PST) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) tests prior to the start of the course. For more information please visit the Department of Education website.

International applicants

If you have overseas qualifications you can check how they compare with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows:

IELTS at level 7 in all four components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above.
IELTS at level 6.5 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for a postgraduate degree completed in the UK.
IELTS at level 6 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for an undergraduate degree completed in the UK.
For more information please visit the IELTS website.

Visit the PGCE Secondary (Science with Biology) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and an honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university. Your degree should be in science or a strongly related subject. Masters and PhDs count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants. For all other UK qualifications please refer to the UCAS website.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £9000, International: £12,250, Islands: £9000

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