Brunel University London Biology (C1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.brunel.ac.uk/education/postgraduate-programmes/ite-pgce-programmes

Contents

About the course

The Brunel PGCE in Secondary Education (Science with Biology) aims to facilitate your transformation into a well-educated, confident and motivated science educator, helping all pupils become scientifically literate citizens.

As a secondary school biology teacher you will have to build upon and sustain pupil’s interest for the subject as they journey through the biology national curriculum.

The need for qualified, enthusiastic teachers with an understanding of the demands society places on young people has never been greater. The opportunity to educate children and young people, and learn from them in return, is immensely rewarding.

Schools are seeking teachers with high levels of pedagogical competence and skill, as well as advanced subject knowledge for teaching as well as knowledge of the theories, policies and systems relevant to education. The focus of your studies will be on the principles and methods of teaching and learning delivered through three core modules, together with compulsory, practical school-based teaching placements. Your progress will be assessed in both areas.

As part of your teacher education, you will be taught how to use subject knowledge and relevant course specifications to plan and deliver the curriculum for pupils from 11-16, including examination and vocational courses.

Your placement will typically take you into partner schools or other educational settings in and around London for at least 120 days in block placements in two or more different contexts working with a school-based mentor.

Links with schools across our partnership enable you to undertake placements that will equip you with the skills to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts. Brunel’s education department was highly praised for this partnership work in the 2015 Ofsted inspection – Ofsted graded Brunel’s Initial Teacher Education Partnerships as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.

As you progress through your own development and learning on the course, you will be encouraged to reflect critically and constructively on your own and others’ teaching practices in relation to a range of aspects including national and regional priorities and policies, and current research.

At the heart of the programme is the commitment to ensuring that your practice will impact positively on pupil progress over time, and partnership activities with schools will contribute to school improvement in which you will play a central part.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive both a postgraduate certificate in Education (PGCE) and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School placements

School-based professional learning is a compulsory element of all programmes leading to a recommendation for QTS. The course involves the statutory requirement of at least 120 days of school experience in the form of block school placements undertaken in at least two different contexts.

School experience will take place as planned, but in case of further disruption students will be able to continue working with the school, for example, working with small groups in a social distanced environment and supporting with the planning of online teaching and associated resources.

We will work with DfE guidance in relation to any such advice about working with schools.

Our current partnership schools are mainly located in the West London area and adjoining Home Counties. We have developed close links with a number of very good schools over a number of years, and offer placements within carefully chosen schools that provide an appropriate professional learning experience. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the schools we work with is a distinctive aspect of our provision and we are equally proud of the diversity of our student teacher cohort, who reflect the communities in which many of them go on to work as teachers.

We also offer student teachers the opportunity to experience placements in alternative settings, which include special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), young offenders institutions. This further demonstrates our commitment to preparing teachers to work with young people in a diverse range of educational contexts.

You will be allocated a school-based mentor, selected for their experience and expertise, who is there to help you develop and learn while you are on placement. The importance of this person should not be underestimated. Teaching is a very challenging profession and with the help of your school-based mentor and your University tutor we aim to make sure that you have support every step of the way, encouraging reflection and development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

The equivalency tests are only available for non-home students, as they will not have had the opportunity to take the GCSE qualifications in order to meet the entry criteria. For home students, it is a University requirement for applicants to have the actual qualification. The GCSE equivalence demonstrates an applicant has achieved the equivalent of a grade C/level 4 at GCSE, it does not provide the actual qualification which is necessary.

Personal qualities

To further strengthen your application, we recommend that you have:

  • Modules within your degree course which should provide a foundation of preparatory knowledge for the phase or subject you are applying to teach;
  • An informed personal philosophy on the aims of your subject area, drawing on relevant reading and research;
  • An understanding of statutory requirements for your subject area within the state school sector;
  • An awareness of recent government policy or initiatives in education and your subject area
  • Recent and relevant experience of state school education in England;
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English.

Other requirements

We ensure that all student teachers have been subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks, including a check against of the children’s barred list.

We undertake our responsibility to ensure that the student teachers are not, therefore, disqualified from childcare or that the student teacher has obtained a childcare disqualification waiver from Ofsted.

The DBS application costs £46.81 (this amount may be subject to change) and we will send further instructions. For further guidance visit: (https://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/admissions/professional-course-requirements) or email (dbs@brunel.ac.uk).

Please note, all student teachers are required to complete a medical questionnaire as part of the enrolment process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,825

Fees for 2022/23 entry

  • UK/EU students full-time: £6,170 (Schools Direct); £9,250 (Core) (Note: European fees TBC shortly)

  • International students: £16,825 full-time

  • UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

  • Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 40% on enrolment, and 60% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 60% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Financial support from the training provider

Brunel offers the following Postgraduate Scholarships, prizes and further fee reductions:

  •     Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship – 15% tuition fee discount, plus additional 15% if a Brunel Graduate.  No application is required.  Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer
    
  •     PGCE Access Scholarship - £2,500 with no application required.  Brunel will automatically assess your suitability in the summer.  
    

For full terms and conditions please visit the scholarships page on our website: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/scholarships

About the training provider

Ranked 3rd in London (Guardian League Table 2021) and an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Education (Ofsted, 2015).

Education at Brunel offers an unrivalled experience for developing education professional or for your education training.

We are one of the longest established Education departments in the country and leading research centre for work in supportive education. We regularly receive high ratings from the UK’s leading benchmarks such as Ofsted.

All our education courses have been developed in collaboration with partnership schools and the requirements of the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). This ensures the highest possible quality of provision and relevance in national and school-level priorities in Education.

You’ll learn in lectures, seminars, and workshops and by modelling classroom practice. Teaching will be a blend of on campus (subject to social distancing restrictions) and online delivery. The latter will include interactive, face-to-face sessions and pre-recorded sessions, supported with access to a range of learning resources. We invite guest speakers to contribute to the taught sessions and arrange school visits, for example, to pupil referral units and special schools.

A Brunel PGCE with recommendation for QTS is a recognised symbol of high-quality Initial Teacher Education. You’ll benefit from our partnerships with educational institutions and local schools. Many of our students go on to work in our partner schools and many more are employed in schools where they undertook a placement.

Interview process

If your UCAS application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. Depending on government guidance, the interview may take place online (for example, via the Zoom platform). The interview process will normally include a subject knowledge task, a written communication task, a mini-lesson and a formal interview. These are led by members of the Initial Teacher Education team at Brunel.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our campus and facilities are recognised as some of the best in the country for disabled students.

We offer advice and support to disabled students, including those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions, Asperger syndrome, mobility and sensory impairments and unseen disabilities such as epilepsy, diabetes, arthritis and sickle cell anaemia.

Our disability advisers will help make you access the support or specialist equipment you need to make the most of your studies.

We arrange support individually with each students and the service is confidential. We only use your details, with your consent, to help you get the best support.

For more information, you can contact Brunel’s Disability and Dyslexia Service: disability@brunel.ac.uk; www.brunel.ac.uk/disability

Assistive Technology Centre - this provides software and hardware to support disabled students. It also runs a loan scheme of key equipment such as digital recorders and assistive listening devices. www.brunel.ac.uk/assistive-technology

Contact this training provider

Email
education-admissions@brunel.ac.uk
Telephone
01895 265265
Website
https://www.brunel.ac.uk/education/postgraduate-programmes/ite-pgce-programmes
Address
Brunel University
Kingston Lane
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 3PH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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