The Biology PGCE will help you develop the professional skills and knowledge to teach all aspects of science to pupils up to age 16, as well as biology to pupils aged up to 18. We are committed to creative approaches and you will be encouraged to develop resources during the programme. The experienced tutors have previously been classroom teachers, heads of school science departments and worked in industry. They are actively involved in science education research, work on the national curriculum and leading sessions for Science Learning Centre London.
You will acquire critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, and we will support you in developing your subject knowledge. You are expected to engage with reading and research in science education and to regularly reflect upon your own progress.
The course covers health and safety, management of teaching and learning in laboratories and outdoors, the use of ICT, facilitating small group discussion, meeting pupils' special needs and assessment. Facilities include a suite of laboratories and a micro-computing laboratory. You will also have the opportunity to teach outside the classroom in a variety of London venues.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.
At the IOE you will work in groups of approximately 20, with a team of tutors who have unparalleled experience and research interests in London schools.
You will undertake two school placements during your PGCE training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Park View School, Duke's Aldridge Academy, Highgate Wood School, Mill Hill County High and Christ's College Finchley.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services/facilities.
This programme follows the same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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