University of Huddersfield 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.hud.ac.uk/the-university/teacher-training/

Contents

About the course

If you’ve got an undergraduate degree and are striving to become a secondary school Biology teacher, then studying our one year Secondary Science with Biology PGCE with QTS will help you on your way. You’ll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience. Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range.

The course programme is divided into two main themes:

  • Developing Specialist Subject Knowledge

Subject sessions provide you with an understanding of subject pedagogy in Biology and generic Science sessions offer you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues such as ‘practical aspects of Science’, assessment of Science and literacy in Science as well as the more practical considerations whilst teaching this subject. We help you to prepare for teaching all the sciences at Key Stage 3.

  • Supporting Learning and Progress in the Secondary School

We’ll prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your teaching skills and understanding of how to meet the needs of all learners. Themes include how young people learn, teaching and learning techniques to support pupils’ progress; behaviour management, assessment, inclusive, creative and innovative teaching methods and how to plan lessons and sequences of lessons. You will research evidence based learning theories, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and begin to develop your own educational philosophy.

You’ll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed. Course tutors are experienced teachers and you’ll have a personal academic tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other trainee teachers.

Two of the PGCE modules are at Master’s level and you’ll have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Master’s degree, supporting your early professional development.

Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence. There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further. Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the Department for Education.

School placements

For all trainees, their school based training is the central element of their initial teacher education. You will undertake at least two compulsory placements as part of your course and will spend 120 days in at least two schools. You’ll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, from practical hands-on experience and from supportive mentoring to help you to develop into a confident and successful teacher.

You’ll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You’ll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.

Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. There is an emphasis on practical engagement with the curriculum whilst developing your understanding of the theoretical perspectives which underpin the best models of practice.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

We also require two Science A levels at a minimum of grade C (or equivalent), with one subject being Biology.

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.

Personal qualities

You must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to meet the required Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

Other requirements

  • Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • You should provide two references. Where applicants have current or recent experience working with children or young people, one of the referees should be a member of staff who can comment on your potential to train to teach.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need IELTS 7.0.

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 £16,000

You can apply for a tuition fee loan as part of your application to Student Finance England for loans and grants. Student Finance England will pay your fees direct to the University.

You don’t have to pay the loan back while you study. It will only be repayable when you have left the course and earn over £25,000 a year.

When you enrol we will ask you who will be paying for your fees and whether you have requested a loan. If you have not taken the loan, we will send you an invoice for the fees, which will require payment in full during the relevant academic year.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/tuition-fees/) pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

About the training provider

Whether you want to teach in early years, primary, secondary or lifelong learning, we’ll help you get the professional training and experience needed to become a confident and successful teacher. We operate strong and credible partnerships with local and national education providers, including leading The Education and Training Consortium consisting of 21 regional partners. So if you’re looking to pursue a career in teaching then we could be the perfect choice.

We combine the latest research and cutting-edge teaching practice to help ensure our trainees are able to equip themselves with the most relevant and up-to-date skills needed in the classroom.

We have excellent facilities in the School of Education and Professional Development including our mock classrooms for early years and primary practice, our science lab and music studio to support your preparation for the classroom.

Our aim is to develop teachers who can transform the learning and life opportunities of the children, young people and adults they work with. Through inclusive practice, reflection and continuous personal development, our trainees are empowered to become autonomous practitioners who enable all learners to reach their potential. We have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally.

By choosing to study with the University of Huddersfield, you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed community focused on making your studies as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible. We look forward to welcoming you.

Interview process

You will be shortlisted for interview based on your application. The interview process typically lasts for half a day. The following selection procedures are designed to assess your suitability to train to teach:

  • You will be asked to teach a concept from your subject area
  • You will participate in a group task which is designed to investigate your understanding of teaching and learning and the role of a secondary school teacher
  • Complete tasks designed to evaluate your fundamental English and Mathematics skills
  • You will also have an individual interview with a member of the course team which will include a discussion about your subject knowledge

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

Our Wellbeing and Disability Service works with students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions that have a significant impact on their ability to study. This includes specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, mobility or physical disabilities or conditions, hearing impairments, visual impairments, social communication difficulties such as autistic spectrum conditions or mental health issues.

Our main aim is to work alongside you to get the right support in place at the right time as we believe that nothing should stop you achieving what you’re capable of. For more information please email disability@hud.ac.uk.

Contact this training provider

Email
sepd@hud.ac.uk
Telephone
01484 478249
Website
https://www.hud.ac.uk/the-university/teacher-training/
Address
Queensgate
Huddersfield
Kirklees
HD1 3DH

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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