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PGCE Secondary Science Biology with Psychology

PGCE Secondary Science Biology with Psychology

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

9 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Biology (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our Secondary Science PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is a great way to develop outstanding teachers. Staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of science education. We train you to be thoughtful, creative teachers who care about children’s development and their capacity to understand and use science in their everyday lives and future careers.

Overview

Psychology remains one of the most popular ‘A’ Level subjects and is also being offered as a GCSE option in some schools. The Biology with Psychology option is designed to provide a pathway into teaching for good psychology or biology graduates who also have a strong background in both biology and psychology.

Psychology graduates wishing to follow this programme will normally be expected to have an upper second or first class Honours degree in Psychology and ‘A’ level Biology at grade A or B. Biology graduates who wish to follow this programme will normally be expected to have an upper second or first class Honours degree in a Biological Science and ‘A’ level Psychology at grade A or B. The programme is designed to prepare students to teach all aspects of science to at least Key Stage 3, Biology to at least Key Stage 4 and psychology teaching at Key Stage 4 and post-16 level.

Development of subject and teaching knowledge and understanding is a priority and the team of science tutors includes specialists in physics, chemistry, biology and psychology teaching.

Topics covered include:

  • the aims of science teaching
  • the planning, preparation and evaluation of learning experiences for children of different ages and abilities
  • school laboratory management
  • the use of information and communications technologies to support science teaching and learning

Learning and assessment

Teaching

We are leaders in Initial Teacher Education. Our unique approach to teaching PGCE is praised by OFSTED and cited as an example of best practice on their website.

We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training.

Modules

The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society. The principle aims of the module are to: enable you to gain an understanding of a range of contemporary education policies and issues, theory and practice; support you in reflecting critically on children's learning and development, pedagogy and teachers' roles and responsibilities; and support you to meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)

£19,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A typical student will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. They will also have good ‘A’ level grades (A or B) in Psychology and Biology and a good degree (first or upper second class Honours) with at least 50% of the content related to Biology or Psychology. Equivalent or alternative qualifications may be considered. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. It is always very helpful to gain an understanding of what being a secondary school science teacher involves through gaining some experience in a secondary school science department. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.