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Initial Teacher Training - Biology: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Initial Teacher Training - Biology: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Key information
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Qualification type

PGDE - Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Secondary Schools Biology (General) Sciences Teaching

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course aims to develop inspirational teachers of Science who can enthuse learners in Biology by setting the subject content in real world contexts and emphasising the relevance of the subject to learners' everyday lives. You will prepare to teach Key Stage 3 Science and Key Stage 4 Biology as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum, with complementary sessions aimed at consolidating your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Physics and Chemistry.

During your training you will focus on a variety of approaches and pedagogies used in Science education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share your understanding of learning with your peers. You will also identify teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will then explore the signature pedagogies of Science such as practical and investigative work, modelling, and problem solving. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Science in the curriculum and identify your own personal philosophy of Science.

Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world, and should excite in learners a curiosity about natural phenomena. The ability to apply logical thinking and use rational explanation are key transferable skills that learners develop through their Science lessons. The subject pedagogy sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn Science and develop key skills and ways of thinking about the world through the application of signature pedagogies of Science.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary Science students and are "hands on" with a strong emphasis on practical and investigative Science teaching. We focus on the "Big Ideas of Science Education" as identified by the Association for Science Education, which identifies 10 principles that should underpin the Science education of all students. As well as broadening your own Science knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your Science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to Secondary Science students.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

This module will cover areas such as: critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject; promoting inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners; informed and deliberate use of educational research methods to improve learning.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£16,100

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

You will usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Biology-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable); to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways - time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience; to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place.

University information

Founded in 1823, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is ranked in the top 600 higher education institutions in the world and attracts staff and students from over 100 countries. A host of taught courses and research opportunities are available across LJMU’s five faculties: Arts, Professional and Social Studies Education, Health and Community Engineering and Technology Science Liverpool Business School The...more