University of Greenwich
Biology (CX11)

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.gre.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

As a biology teacher, you will enhance pupils’ understanding of themselves and the world around them to succeed in a range of important careers.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is designed to prepare you in becoming a professional, competent and reflective secondary school teacher of science, with biology as a specialist subject. Your studies will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged eleven to sixteen and beyond.

The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as ‘Good’ in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that, “Scientists appreciate the enhancement groups where they further build on their knowledge by sharing each other’s expertise. As a consequence, the trainees’ and newly qualified teachers’ enthusiasm and confidence in the subjects they teach motivate and inspire pupils to learn and make progress.”

98% of students indicated that the programme prepared them for teaching learners across a range of abilities and 98% of students indicated that the programme helped them secure employment.

As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We work in collaboration with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. Additionally, you will receive free resources and ideas on how to plan engaging lessons in plant biology from Science and Plants for Schools.

Interview process

Candidates must:

How school placements work

Our one-year programme comprises of two elements: 60 days of university-based teaching and 120 days of school-based experience. Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and biology teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Disclosure Barring Service

Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.

The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies. Make sure you are aware of the level of support you are eligible for before you apply for teacher training.

You will also be required to get a letter from you doctor for occupational health which will come with a cost dependant on your individual doctors surgery.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £7,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.

To receive a bursery or scholarship, you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

For more information, please visit our Teacher Training Bursaries page.

Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants should have:

Other requirements

Candidates must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding.

Students must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay, it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.

About the training provider

University of Greenwich is committed to ensuring sustainability across all phases of teacher education and provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and further education and skills sector. Located at the university’s Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century. (Early Years Teacher Status is delivered at Maritime Campus)

Ofsted rated the quality of Initial Teacher Training as ‘Outstanding’ for Primary Education (Ofsted Report 2016) and ‘Good’ Secondary, Further Education and Early Years Initial Teacher training.

Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

If you are studying for your PGCE Early Years Teacher Status, your tuition fees will be covered by a DfE and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS. As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Student Wellbeing Service (https://www.gre.ac.uk/student-services/support/student-wellbeing) provides information, guidance and support to students with a disability, including physical and mental health difficulties, long-term medical conditions and specific learning difficulties. This service is open to individuals who work and study at the University of Greenwich, and to those who aspire to do so. We also support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students who are carers.

Before you join the University, you can speak to the *STAART team (https://www.gre.ac.uk/study/support/disability/staart#:~:text=The%20STAART%20Team%20is%20a,concerns%20about%20going%20to%20university.) about any concerns on entering higher education and adapting to university life. Once you’re a student, we can provide further information and support, such as advice on assistive technology requirements and Disability Allowance Needs Assessors to help you access any financial help you may be entitled to.

Contact details

Email
courseinfo@gre.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8331 9000
Website
http://www.gre.ac.uk
Address
Avery Hill Campus
Southwood Site
Avery Hill Road
Eltham, London
SE9 2UG

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Main Site
Avery Hill, Avery Hill Road, Eltham, London, SE9 2UG
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