Our PGCE Secondary Biology course prepares you to teach in the 11 - 16 age phase. It may be possible to gain experience of teaching post 16 during your PGCE and the qualification does not preclude you from teaching post 16 once employed. There are two stages to the course.
Stage A – Introduction to teaching
Our innovative and supportive model of training gives you school experience from the very early weeks of the course, and support and tuition from University and subject experts until you are a highly-confident new teacher. After a short induction programme, you will start a school placement three days a week, extending to four days a week. Every Friday you’ll return to University for subject knowledge and applied pedagogy sessions and support from your tutor and fellow trainees on the course.
Professional Education Studies
You’ll be introduced to the important topics and issues which will inform your learning, practice and professional values. These sessions give theoretical insights and practical strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your placements and early years of your professional teaching life.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
You’ll study the school curriculum and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll learn how to plan sequences of learning that address the needs of your pupils so you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
You’ll put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your subject mentor based in your school. You’ll benefit from the support and expertise of your subject tutor, and your subject peer group at University one day a week.
Stage B – Developing your knowledge and preparing for your new career
You’ll build on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block.
You’ll deepen your knowledge of how students learn, extending your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school, and with pupils that you will get to know really well. Your second placement will usually be in a different school.
You’ll teach more lessons, ensuring you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and 4, becoming more of an independent practitioner.