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Berkshire Teaching School Alliance Biology (2NMF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.berkshireteachingschoolalliance.co.uk

Contents

About the course

The biology School Direct PGCE will enable you to develop the professional skills and knowledge to deliver all aspects of science up to GCSE, as well biology to students studying at A-level.

You will:

  • Develop creative approaches to teaching science at all levels
  • Develop resources for future teaching
  • Develop a critical understanding of current debates relating to science and education
  • Develop your subject knowledge

You will need: -A degree in biology or a biology related subject, or a joint degree with biology as the main component (2:2 minimum). -A sound knowledge of basic physics and chemistry. -GCSE English language (grade A*-C) -GCSE maths (grade A*-C) -Clear and accurate written and spoken English

If you have non-UK qualifications, you should present your UK-NARIC statement(s) of comparability at interview.

School placements

You will:

  • Develop creative approaches to teaching at all levels
  • Develop resources for future teaching
  • Develop a critical understanding of current debates relating to science and education
  • Develop your subject knowledge

Locations

You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School
Fawley Road, Southcote, READING, RG30 3EP
No
Easthampstead Park Community School
Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8FS
No
Maiden Erlegh School
Off Silverdale Road, Earley, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 7HS
No
Reading School
Erleigh Road, Reading, RG1 5LW
No
UTC Reading
Crescent Road, Reading, RG1 5RQ
No

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree 2:2 or above (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent.

Personal qualities

You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a school.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,045

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:

UK students £9,250 EU students £9,250 International students £16,045

About the training provider

The Berkshire Teaching School (Berkshire TSA) is a teaching school based at Maiden Erlegh School (‘Outstanding’), a National Teaching School designated by the National College for Teaching & Leadership. We have an excellent track record and provide teacher training at various schools in the Berkshire area.

We participate in the Schools Direct Programme of school-led training and work closely with The University of Reading to deliver training.

With the University of Reading being so close to our teaching school, we have a strong partnership with the university. Reading is a vibrant town, with excellent employment opportunities.

We offer training in a variety of schools, including primary and secondary schools and all key stages. You can train at Maiden Erlegh School or the following schools under our alliance.

Maiden Erlegh School in Reading Kendrick School Reading School John Madejski School Blessed Hugh Faringdon School Reading Girls School Easthampstead Park School UTC Reading Whiteknights Primary School Great Hollands Primary School

If you have any questions, please get in touch. mesteachingschool@maidenerleghtrust.org

About the accredited body

Train at one of the country’s leading providers of teacher training and have a direct and positive impact on the lives of young people.

You will be taught by a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics, and benefit from the breadth of their expertise and understanding of educating and influencing policy.

You will benefit from the Institute’s world-class teaching, supportive environment, and incredible resources and facilities. Our excellent partner arrangements - with around 80 local schools - will give you the chance to apply your skills to a real world setting, and the opportunity to connect with future employers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Maiden Erlegh Trust takes very seriously its responsibilities and duties under the Equality Action. Our motto of “schools for the community, schools as a community” as well as our vision and ethos illustrate our commitment to treat everyone fairly and respectfully, to embrace and celebrate difference and to support every student in our schools to meet their potential.

Maiden Erlegh Trust will fulfil its statutory Public Sector Equality Duty to consider needs of students and their families, employees, governors, visitors and contracted service providers in terms of:

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination*, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by The Act.
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

Contact this training provider

Email
mesteachingschool@maidenerleghtrust.org
Telephone
0118 9262467
Website
http://www.berkshireteachingschoolalliance.co.uk
Address
Maiden Erlegh School
Silverdale Road
Earley
Reading
RG6 7HS

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