Teachers of Science have chosen a profession that is exciting, dynamic and rewarding. The PGCE Science course at Sussex recognises that effective Science teaching is about enabling pupils to learn, think and question. The central aim of the course is to develop committed, thoughtful and effective Science teachers who will encourage their pupils to think for themselves and enjoy their learning experience. Our ethos is based on collaboration and as such we recognise that all our trainees, whatever their background, have something to contribute to the cohort.
Science courses at Sussex are among the most established within Initial Teacher Education in the UK, and have a well-deserved reputation for developing successful specialist teachers. The commitment of many local Science teachers and professional tutors to our courses has ensured their quality over the years and this dedication and support is greatly appreciated by trainees and university-based curriculum tutors.
We work in partnership with local schools, in respect of placements as well as for our taught sessions at the University. We have a genuine commitment to working in original ways - to enhance your training and, through you, the learning of young people.
Teaching, learning and assessment
You will learn to be a Science teacher through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences.
You will undertake two periods of professional practice in two different schools (these may vary slightly in length, but will equate to a minimum of 120 working days in total). You will be supported in your professional placements by a Science specialist who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. To this end, you will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher’s Standards.
You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing three academic assignments during the course.