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PGCE Science with Biology (QTS)

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-23

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Biology (General) Teaching (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Biology is a fascinating subject which can engage and inspire children. It feeds their natural curiosity and supports them in developing their understanding of the natural world. Science teachers are in great demand and this course appeals to graduates who are passionate about biology but want to develop the skills and understanding to teach science across the curriculum.

This one-year full-time course, enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Why study PGCE Science with Biology (QTS) at Middlesex University?

Through this PGCE, you will learn to operate as a critically reflective biology teacher in a secondary school setting and develop competence across the entire range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. Specialising in biology, you will learn to integrate theory and practice, as part of a stimulating and engaging ambitious curriculum. Our PGCE Science with Biology course has fully embedded the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training. You will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to fully meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of your training.

We have a range of specialist science and teaching facilities, providing you with a solid foundation on which to develop your skills and experience. We have excellent relationships with schools in and outside London. During your studies, you will undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools and have the chance to acquire skills in the application of established pedagogical approaches and new technologies in teaching and learning science. We work closely with our trusted partnership schools to provide a variety of opportunities and experts from our partner schools are on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support. We are proud of the excellent and comprehensive level of support that we offer our trainee science teachers in every aspect of our course.

The course gives you a strong understanding of how and why to teach biology in secondary schools whilst also enabling you to appreciate the unique aspects of other science specialisms in order to develop your confidence in teaching across the science curriculum. Middlesex University has dedicated subject tutors who have established strong relations with external specialists and partnership schools who will deliver contemporary and subject specific training sessions.

Careers

How can a PGCE Science with Biology (QTS) support your career?

Graduates will look to move into a position as an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in a secondary school setting.

Our employment rates are extremely high with around 97% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation. The starting salary of a qualified teacher in inner London is £30,480.

Teachers can find career progression in both the classroom and the school's management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher.

Modules

This module aims to develop your understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective teacher in a secondary school. You will be assessed by undertaking a small scale research assignment that compares theoretical perspectives in education with the reality found in school.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,250

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

UK students are eligible to apply for this course.

Entry requirements

We normally require a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above with at least 50% biology content supported by a strong A Level (or equivalent). We also accept the equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS. The following requirements are set out in the Initial Teacher Training Criteria document. You must have: GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English and mathematics or standard equivalent; been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and/or any other appropriate background check; To strengthen applications it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England.

University information

Middlesex is a campus university based in leafy North London only 25 minutes from the buzz of central London. It has been excelling in teaching for over 130 years and boasts international campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. Their industry led, contemporary courses and practice-based teaching will help you to excel in the job market and become a leader in your field. Middlesex’s teaching is informed by the needs of industry, so you’ll develop the...more

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