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Secondary Biology (QTS) PGCE

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Biology Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession. The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a biology subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement ranges. In addition you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology at Key Stage 4. Your suitability for the biology pathway will be explored at interview and you bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place.

Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors. Newman has an excellent reputation with local schools for providing a strong partnership with schools that support students during their placements. You will also work in a primary school for a short placement, looking at science teaching methods across earlier key stages. The course offers further flexible opportunities for individual ‘focus’ weeks towards the end of training, where Specialised areas can be further developed, including AS/A2 examinations and Education and Professional Studies links with science and your specialism.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This module allows trainee teachers opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression before and after the age range for which they are training to teach. They will have the opportunity to observe practice in a primary school over a one week placement. During the primary school placement they will have the opportunity to observe and discuss teaching at key stage 2 with class teachers and subject leaders to develop their understanding of transition to key stage 3. A further two week placement will allow trainees to either develop an understanding of teaching in the 16-19 age range where previous placements have not enabled this or to develop a deeper understanding of a specific element of school provision.

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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have an Honours degree of which science forms a part, or a recognised equivalent qualification.