Spending four days a week in school and one day a week at the University of Hertfordshire this Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching this subject to the 11-16 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with Hertfordshire University.
The programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by a teacher and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice.
We pride ourselves in providing a stimulating and supportive environment. We have a very effective partnership with the University at all levels. A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions at University which will include lectures, seminars and workshops and where active participation is encouraged. In School trainees are supported by both a subject mentor and a professional mentor with weekly meetings to support the individual needs of the trainee. There are a wide range of opportunities for observation, training and complementary experiences within our consortium. You will be based for the majority of the time in a single, named school, but will also spend 6 weeks on a second placement to broaden school experience.
Recommendation for QTS is based on continuing assessment of practice.
For information on aspects of the masters credits please consult the University of Hertfordshire website.
This differs from our other course in the subject by being unsalaried but awarding a PGCE in addition to QTS.
All of the schools in our consortium offer training in the 11-16 age range, but in addition can offer experience of sixth form work. Schools are selected according to location and capacity to train in a particular subject. We have 7 schools in the consortium and trainees will experience 2 placements. The majority of time in their named training school and 6 weeks in the second school placement.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
See University of Hertfordshire
About the training provider
Working in Partnership with 7 Schools in South West Hertfordshire and North London and with the Advanced Learning Partnership we offer training in a diverse range of schools including a number of schools listed in the top 100 best achieving state schools in the country. We can also offer experiences in single sex, mixed selective and community schools. As a consortium we have worked together for many years and have trained well over 100 teachers in partnership with Hertfordshire University.
Our training is based on supporting trainees to develop their academic subject knowledge as well as their understanding of pedagogy in a supportive atmosphere tailoring experiences to the needs and prior experience of the individual.
You will be based at school for 4 days a week and spend one day of the week at university.
Applications will be invited to visit one of the schools in the consortium to discuss their application. Candidates will be observed teaching a short lesson.
There will be an interview in the placement school and a Panel interview held at the Lead school, this will include a written test and an examination of qualifications.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are keen to support trainees with particular needs. There are some access issues on some of our sites; but we have supported trainees with hearing and sight impairment, dyslexia and long term illness. This is done in close association with and seeking the advice of Hertfordshire University.
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
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