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The University of Hull 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.hull.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

The course trains you to plan lessons, organise safe investigations, meet the needs of all pupils, manage the learning environment and undertake an assessment. There are plenty of opportunities to carry out practical work in our spacious school laboratory.

In the first part of the course, the emphasis is on science in the national curriculum. In the later stages, you’ll develop your Key Stage 5 teaching with specialist tutors: learning how to challenge and motivate the range of learners staying on in schools and colleges.

Hull is one of the few universities in the country to provide the option of including your PGCE year as the first year of study for an MA in Educational Studies. You can then complete the MA part-time over the following three years, developing your expertise and career prospects.

Employment opportunities are very good since science is a shortage subject nationally and locally. Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are popular destinations for our trainees, and you’ll most likely bump into some of our former students on your teaching practices.

We work with a range of schools over a wide geographic area, so you’ll gain experience in different settings. Staff in the school will support you throughout your placement.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is an initial qualification in education for those who intend to have a career in teaching. Its three main threads are to

  • provide you with the information, knowledge and skills to enable you to embark on a teaching career and become an effective teacher
  • help you develop a professional interest in educational issues as the basis for further thought or training
  • help your personal development in a critical year that bridges the gap between being a student (or doing some other form of work) and becoming a teacher

Theory Assessment is based on a range of coursework assignments.

Practice The assessment takes place in schools. You’ll also be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.

Please see full information on our webpage (https://www.hull.ac.uk/study/pgce/secondary-pgce-biology.aspx)

School placements

You’ll spend a total of 120 days in schools during the programme, supported by school mentors, class teachers and University-based tutors.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants must possess GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Maths and a degree of a British university, or equivalent and have appropriate subject knowledge. The University states that prospective applicants require a 2:2 honours degree or better to be able to progress on to the PGCE Secondary programme. Since science is such a broad subject area, and we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutors, Michelle Wormald , Michelle Wormald at m.wormald@hull.ac.uk.

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Motivated to work with young people and is enthusiastic about their subject
  • Adaptable, hardworking and committed to teaching all pupils
  • Able to think on their feet, with good communication skills and a sense of humour
  • Able to work as a member of a team as well as being independent and resourceful.
  • Be well qualified in your subject and to be able to talk about it with understanding and enthusiasm. We would like you to believe that your subject is relevant for pupils of all ages and abilities.

Other requirements

Admission is subject to a satisfactory medical report and an Enhanced Clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If you have spent time living outside of the UK, you may be asked to also provide a satisfactory police check from the country or countries in which you have resided.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,800

Please contact the Admissions Service on 01482 466100 for any further information on Fees.

Fees for EU, EAA and Swiss nationals are to be confirmed.

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22.

Training bursaries may be available for some subjects. For further information visit the following website for information: (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview)

About the training provider

Teacher training you’ll grab with both hands When you choose a PGCE at Hull, you’ll get real, hands-on, on-the-job teacher training. You’ll learn how to fuse tradition with brand-new approaches. And you’ll discover the most natural way to teach…

Learn how to teach with new technology You’ll join a university steeped in tradition, but one that also believes strongly in Technology-Enhanced Learning. So much so that we helped spark a European Commission project to improve the use of digital technologies in schools. To give you a taste of the modern classroom, you’ll have access to specialist teaching facilities. You’ll also be encouraged to use mobile devices like iPads on campus and in schools.

Gain hands-on experience You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain classroom experience and the new perspectives that come with it. We have a productive network of more than 600 early years settings, schools and academies around the region. With many Hull graduates among their teaching staff, these partner institutions span the spectrum of settings: large, small, urban and rural..

Interview process

On receipt of your application, it will be checked for the suitability of the academic qualifications, the quality of both the content and the accuracy of written English and the extent of support provided by the referee. This is always done by the Subject Tutor. Your application will also be seen by a School Mentor, and sometimes by the Programme Director.

The Department for Education stipulates that entrants to ITT must possess a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or an equivalent qualification. The University requires that prospective applicants possess or are studying towards a 2:2 honours degree and have appropriate subject knowledge. The University reserves the right to determine equivalent qualifications. Since science is such a broad subject area, and we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutor, Michelle Wormald at m.wormald@hull.ac.uk.

You will be interviewed on an individual basis with a Subject Tutor(s). Currently, our interviews are being held virtually.

The interview process is informal and you will be offered the opportunity to ask questions about the programme. You may be asked to deliver a short presentation on a topic agreed in advance.

After the interview, decisions about the offer of places are made immediately after the interviews and the outcomes communicated to candidates formally through UCAS Teacher Training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

World-class library Following its £28-million redevelopment, the Brynmor Jones Library is one of the finest institutions of its kind in the country. A stylish, state-of-the-art place of learning for generations to come.Boasting more than a million books, journals and periodicals, plus a vast collection of digital information, it’s open whenever you need it – 24/7 during semesters. The modern and flexible work spaces are suitable for all your needs. However you like to work, there’s a space for you – with access to all our print and digital collections. There are 30 bookable study rooms, 14 with full audiovisual facilities, as well as 350 open access PCs, 48 borrowable laptops, multifunction printers, scanners and photocopiers, plus self-service issuing facilities in all areas. Or bring your digital life with you – our high-speed wireless network means you can use your own laptops and tablets wherever you go.

FREE WiFi and computer access High-speed WiFi turns our entire campus into a virtual classroom. We’ve got more than 1,100 open-access computers and 1,600 study spaces for you to use.

Academic support tuition If you need advice or supervision on your research, we have staff who are experts in their field that offer personal tuition.

Disability support We have a team of professionals to support you, whether you have a physical, medical or learning disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Pastoral and wellbeing support Whether it’s a personal or practical matter, you can count on our friendly and informal support whenever you need it.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@hull.ac.uk
Telephone
01482 466100
Website
http://www.hull.ac.uk
Address
Admissions & Applicant Services
The University of Hull, Venn Building
Cottingham Road, Hull
Yorkshire
HU6 7RX

Support and advice

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