The school direct 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.
The experienced tutors at UCL IOE 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.
Students on the Biology PGCE will acquire a critical understanding of current debates and issues relating to science education, and will be guided and supported in developing their subject knowledge. Students are expected to engage with reading and research into science education and to regularly reflect upon their own progress, towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards across the 11–16 age range.
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. In addition to excellent science classroom facilities the Biology PGCE offers opportunities such as teaching sessions at museums and Kew Gardens, developing students’ understanding of learning science outside the classroom.
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.
You will undertake two school placements during your training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools.
UCL 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 school direct trainees have full access to UCL student support services/facilities.
The school direct programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is students apply directly to the NRTA via the DfE ‘Apply’ service. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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