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Secondary Biology with QTS - PGCE


Course Description

The PGCE Biology Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will develop your knowledge, confidence and competence.

It is a supportive and carefully structured course, designed to produce excellent teachers of Biology and Science. Professionalism is fostered on the course. Commitment, creativity, innovation, critical reflection and academic rigour are all attributes expected of trainees.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Features

-High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision
-English and Welsh medium student provision
-Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales
-Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors
-Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students
-The university is particularly well located and provides access to the beautiful Gower coastline and to a wide range of habitats for study
-We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales
-Opportunities are provided for developing both the theoretical and practical aspects of Biology teaching. Opportunities are also incorporated for learning about the teaching of other sciences at key stage 3
-Post-course CPD opportunities

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Biology graduates have gone on to work as Secondary Teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to:

Lucton School (Leominster), Chew Valley School (Somerset), Queen Elizabeth High School (Carmarthen), Eastern High (Cardiff), Ysgol Dyffryn Amman (Ammanford), St Teilo's Church in Wales High School (Cardiff), Holyrood Academy (Somerset), Mary Immaculate Catholic High School (Wenvoe), Bedwas High (Caerphilly).

Visit the Secondary Biology with QTS - PGCE page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hannah Rees

The best moment of the course for me was being in the classroom - being mid-flow in a lesson when a class and I are having a meaningful debate about a topic. I have enjoyed seeing just how passionate pupils can be on a topic and seeing them understand a new concept and then apply it to something in their life, or change their pre-existing concepts based on their own discoveries.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in Biology or in a strongly cognate discipline. ‘A Level equivalent' qualifications, such as BTEC Advanced will also be taken into account.

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