Biology: As a biology teacher, you will enhance pupils’ understanding of themselves and the world around them to succeed in a range of important careers.
Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is designed to prepare you in becoming a professional, competent and reflective secondary school teacher of science, with biology as a specialist subject. Your studies will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged eleven to sixteen and beyond.
The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as ‘Good’ in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that, “Scientists appreciate the enhancement groups where they further build on their knowledge by sharing each other’s expertise. As a consequence, the trainees’ and newly qualified teachers’ enthusiasm and confidence in the subjects they teach motivate and inspire pupils to learn and make progress.”
98% of students indicated that the programme prepared them for teaching learners across a range of abilities and 98% of students indicated that the programme helped them secure employment.
As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
We work in collaboration with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. We also partner with the adventure learning charity, Wide Horizons, who will support your training in the area of field work, conservation and ecology. Additionally, you will receive free resources and ideas on how to plan engaging lessons in plant biology from Science and Plants for Schools.
Our one-year programme comprises of two elements: 60 days of university-based teaching and 120 days of school-based experience. Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and biology teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.
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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
Disclosure Barring Service
Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.
The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies. Make sure you are aware of the level of support you are eligible for before you apply for teacher training.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO BURSERY FOR PE
About the training provider
The Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance is committed to providing world-class support for schools in Greenwich and beyond.
We are an alliance of strong and innovative schools, highly focused local authority support and universities (including the University of Greenwich and Goldsmiths University), collaborating to deliver excellent teaching and embed outstanding practice at all levels.
his programme is led by Thomas Tallis secondary school, will run for 36 weeks, and is available to high-quality graduates. Successful completion will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teaching Status (QTS). The programme comprises two elements; university-based teaching (with either the University of Greenwich or Goldsmiths University) and school-based experience. Practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools, where student teachers are allocated subject-specialist mentors who offer feedback and guidance. During both placements there is the opportunity to develop your subject teaching, supported by specialist teachers. As well as covering all aspects of the National Curriculum and addressing all relevant government standards, this programme helps trainee teachers to develop as effective teachers. Sessions with our University Partners cover a range of topics, including planning lessons, assessment of pupils and classroom management.
We offer the following subjects: Biology, Maths, MFL, Chemistry, Art & Design, Drama, English & Media, Design Technology, P.E., Physics, and Music.
Kidbrooke Park Road Kidbrooke London London SE3 9PX
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