Pathfinder Teaching School Hub Biology (2FG3)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of York
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://pathfinder-tsh.co.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This secondary teacher training course leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It prepares and equips you to teach your subject in secondary schools and post-16 colleges. School and university training is integrated throughout the course and the UOY and Pathfinder Teaching School Hub work closely together to identify your individual capabilities and needs and to enable you to make progress in your development as a teacher.

This PGCE course comprises of 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at level 6 plus the recommendation for the award of QTS.

On the course you enhance your subject knowledge, understanding and skills, learn how to teach your subject, learn about the wider role of teachers in school, gain knowledge about schools and the education system, apply your skills and knowledge on school placements, gain experience of working alongside other professionals who support the care and development of individual pupils in schools.

We help you to develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. While studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach your subject.

We offer places in Biology through the unsalaried route.

The University of York

This course prepares you to teach National Curriculum Science and biology as a specialist at KS3, KS4 and Advanced level. The University’s unique position, as one of the UK’s leading centres for curriculum development and research in science education and as home to the National Science Learning Centre (NSLC), means that your programme benefits from best practice in curriculum and professional development, training and research. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills of biology and science teaching and to be familiar with up to date thinking and research in teaching and learning science.

School placements

The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills. Over the course of the year trainees will gain experience in two contrasting schools.

University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • The ability to be reflective
  • Interact well with children
  • To demonstrate resilience
  • Good written communication skills
  • Committed to the well-being and development of children

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Good subject knowledge in the area they wish to teach
  • An understanding of how children learn
  • Familiarity with issues in education

Candidates should be prepared to engage in educational issues beyond their immediate day-to-day activities, and to examine - in a critical but constructive way - the current educational system and practice.

Other requirements

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars, and school and classroom activities. Activities emphasise team work, and require trainees to share the responsibility for their learning.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, all PGCE candidates will be required to:

  • Obtain an enhanced DBS check (plus overseas police checks for any countries where 12 months or more have been spent in the last ten years)
  • complete an occupational health check
  • meet the Department of Education’s English Language requirements (international students only)

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,950

EU students are classified as international students as per government regulations.

About the training provider

The Pathfinder Teaching School Hub is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School in York which is an Ofsted Outstanding (2021) school with a proven track record as being one of the highest performing schools in the North of England. Our Teaching School Hub works with a range of schools in York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding and Leeds. Our aim is to provide the highest quality initial teacher training programme possible. We have over 20 years’ experience of training teachers and pride ourselves on our innovative and forward thinking programme. We have outstanding outcomes and believe we prepare our trainees for the demand and rigour of the teaching profession.

Our mentors are extremely experienced and will ensure you receive the appropriate support and guidance to become a successful teacher. At Archbishop Holgate’s School we have a specialist Teaching and Learning Team who will be on hand to offer additional support and advice should you need it.

We pride ourselves on the Values, Care and Achievement which we provide for both our staff and students and hope you will consider training with us. Visits to the teaching school or inquiries are warmly welcomed.

Interview process

Candidates who are invited to interview will be expected to undertake a teaching activity as well as a formal interview and other tasks related to teaching in their specific subject. Interviews will take place at the Pathfinder Teaching School Hub. Prior notification of interview tasks will be provided to candidates in advance of the interview date.

University of York

No applicant will be admitted to the course without interview. Normal procedure is invitation to interview by email following consideration of your application by admissions tutors.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

Contact this training provider

Email
lthompson@ahs.pmat.academy
Telephone
01904 806900
Website
https://pathfinder-tsh.co.uk/
Address
Archbishop Holgate's School
Hull Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5ZA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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