The PGCE Secondary course is an exciting and challenging 36 week training programme which will prepare you for the teaching profession (see course calendar below). The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher in Science. Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you are accepted onto our course.
-High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision -English and Welsh medium student provision -We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales -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 -Post-course CPD opportunities -We have the best employment rate throughout Wales
The course covers training in a wide variety of teaching techniques with opportunities to try ideas out in the partner schools. This course will equip trainees to teach Science within the 11-16 age range in a variety of schools and colleges (including Welsh medium if requested). The course provides you with training to teach Science i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics up to GCSE examinations.
The fundamental aims of the PGCE Science programme are to develop the skills of a trainee Science teacher who is able to reflect on practice gained through teaching experience in school; who can analyse that experience in the light of discussion with mentors and others and also in the light of their reading; and evaluate their practice effectively to demonstrate gradual improvement in the standards of their own teaching and pupils learning.
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.
I want to help children change their lives and see science through a different light. My school mentor is absolutely fabulous, she inspires me every day and makes me even more determined to become a good teacher.
Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected. The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree that has at least 60% Science content (please note, Psychology will not be considered).
Recipient: University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
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