The University of Gloucestershire Biology (3DMF)

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
http://www.glos.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

The PGCE programme is taught in partnership with secondary schools/colleges. It will prepare you for entry to the teaching profession through developing your expertise in teaching pupils aged eleven to sixteen with post-sixteen enhancement.

You will work alongside experienced teachers, developing class management skills, observing and supporting pupils’ development, becoming familiar with the school’s assessment of the curriculum and acquiring practical experience of inclusive teaching and learning within the school environment. You will develop research-informed understanding of curriculum design and have an excellent understanding of safeguarding practice.

Through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and directed study, you will develop the understanding and skills needed to plan, teach and assess.

In your subject knowledge days, you will explore how to teach the key concepts of Biology through exploring and experimenting the ways in which each curriculum can be taught. You will discover how young people meet each concept across the curriculum and how their knowledge is expected to evolve over time.

Starting with direct instruction to give you the fundamentals of teaching, we then evolve our practice to incorporate a range of evidence-led teaching methods, such as dialogic inquiry, metacognition and cognitive acceleration. Over time, with inclusion at the heart of our programme, you will find yourself becoming increasingly adaptive to a range of student needs.

A lot of time is committed to rigorous practice: how to explain, model and assess different topics, how to use practical’s effectively and how to design schemes of work that impact on pupil progress. You will also delve into Physics and Chemistry, so that you are prepared to teach Science across the curriculum.

The course gives high priority to developing your abilities of analysis, evaluation and autonomous learning and a placement in a contrasting school provides further opportunities to develop your understanding of the teacher’s wider role.

The PGCE is awarded following satisfactory performance in relation to all the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Evidence of success will be drawn from coursework, study tasks and teaching competence which is demonstrated on school experience.

In addition, our PGCE offers students the opportunity to gain up to 60 Master’s level credits, with potential progression to a Master’s level degree programme.

School placements

The PGCE Secondary course at the University of Gloucestershire provides trainee teachers with a breadth of school experience across placements. There are a wide range of placements available which have been arranged with key considerations in mind: experience of different age-ranges and schools, accessibility and travel time and students’ previous experience. The normal working week is approximately 35 hours and normal school hours apply when students are on placement (8am-5pm), with additional independent study.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree should be in a relevant subject to that you wish to teach. If you do not hold a degree in a relevant subject we will be able to consider your application on an individual basis if you have other qualifications.

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.

We accept equivalency tests through www.equivalencytesting.com

Personal qualities

Successful applicants will be proactive, engaging, willing to learn and resilient with a drive to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families. The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

Other requirements

  • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information.
  • Satisfactory completion of Declaration of Health signed off by the university doctor.
  • Verification of two references.
  • Satisfactory completion of suitability form;
  • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

Our money advice team is here to help you talk through your options, whatever your situation. We can offer confidential advice and information on how to organise your budget.

We can also provide you with information regarding bursaries, loans and grants and explore what you’re entitled to.

About the training provider

At the University of Gloucestershire, practice in the School of Education and Humanities is based on a clearly defined set of values; the transformational potential of education, the centrality of social justice to our actions, the value of community and a belief that diversity enriches learning.

We are committed to helping our trainee teachers to take the next step in their education so that together we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Based at the historic Francis Close Hall campus, just a few minutes’ walk from Cheltenham town centre, we have been making a significant contribution to education for over 150 years.

Leading the way in high quality research, teaching and professional education, we have earned an excellent reputation in terms of student satisfaction and our graduates are caring and successful.

If you engage with us as an aspiring teacher, you will become part of a close-knit community characterised by exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of diverse schools for first-rate placement opportunities.

The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

Interview process

Appropriate candidates are invited to interview where they will have the opportunity to meet members of teaching team and support staff.

Full guidance on the interview and selection process will be made available to applicants via email.

Individual support arrangements can be made on request.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions.

We can help with:

  • advisory visits to the university before you submit your application
  • advice on diagnosing specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
  • support with applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
  • advice on disability access
  • awareness training
  • liaison with academic staff and student services regarding support needs

The university’s halls of residence have accessible rooms at all facilities. These rooms tend to be larger than other rooms in halls with enhanced bathroom facilities and flexible interiors to suit the level of need required.

Local buses provide low-level access for people with mobility difficulties. Some disabled students may also be entitled to an accessible parking permit. There are accessible parking bays on each campus.

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@glos.ac.uk
Telephone
01242 714510
Website
http://www.glos.ac.uk
Address
University of Gloucestershire
Pittville Campus
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL52 3JG

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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