Our PGCE Science with Biology course begins with a stimulating mix of Biology, chemistry and physics education. You will then focus fully on Biology, allowing you to specialise in the teaching of Biology at Key Stage 4. Teaching science at Key Stages 3 requires competence across the entire range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science.
As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University’s extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University. These may include sessions which:
Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools and non-formal educational sites to enhance learning in specialist areas.
Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.
Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
School Direct Salaried trainees will have timetabled lessons where they will be teaching independently from the start of term.
The course is full time over 38 weeks (term time only). Trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.
Trainees will be placed in one school for the entire academic year with a 6 week second placement at a contrasting partner school arranged by the ETSA alliance.
All partner schools have experienced subject mentors and professional tutors who are committed to high expectations .
Trainees will be awarded Secondary QTS (11-16) however, all partner schools ensure trainees have the opportunity to teach A-Level classes in preparation for their NQT year.
Professional studies training sessions will be held at Middlesex University (Scheduled dates will be provided prior to the commencement of the programme). During all other times trainees will be at their base school .
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Christ’s College Finchley
East End Road, Finchley, London, N2 0SE
Edmonton County School
Great Cambridge Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 1HQ
A bachelor degree, usually 2.1 or 1st, relevant to the subject or phase (primary, secondary etc.) you want to teach
GCSE grade C / grade 4, or equivalent, in mathematics and English. All primary applicants must also hold grade C, or equivalent in a science subject.
We also accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing and A Star Teachers. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills.
To strengthen applications it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England.
You must be judged suitable to work with children after being subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and other required background checks. Please see;
Salaried School Direct trainees are paid on at least point one of the unqualified teachers’ scale.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Southgate Learning Alliance (formerly known as ETSA Southgate) is a partnership of schools working with Middlesex University and The Compton SCITT to provide high-quality teacher training. There are lots of ways to get into teaching, but at Southgate Learning Alliance, we offer a School Direct route with Southgate School as the lead school. Our vision is to train and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers for our schools.
We recruit with our partner schools, who are all highly experienced in training teachers.
You will need to attend an interview, which should take place within the school you will be training to teach.
At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and Maths. If any shortfall is identified, you may be required to complete some additional work to secure the appropriate level of competency before being accepted on the programme.
During the programme, your competency in these areas will be assessed and developed to ensure you reach the required level.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All candidates regardless of disability are welcome to apply to the Compton SCITT partnership. Any access or special provisions will be catered for on a case-by-case basis.
Aim to provide an inclusive teaching and learning environment which caters for all trainees. Works closely with the Middlesex University Dyslexia and Disability Service to ensure that they are able to provide the appropriate support.
Southgate School Sussex Way Cockfosters Barnet EN4 0BL
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