This Secondary Science with Biology course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and to the Master’s Level PGCE. It prepares you to teach 11-to-16-year-olds and where possible, we give you the chance to gain experience in the 11-to-18 age range.
You’ll learn all the skills you need to start teaching in secondary schools, with expert guidance from our tutor team and with strong school placements to give you the experience to teach with confidence. You will gain an understanding of the relevant research which underpins the teaching of science and a critical view of competing claims for different pedagogical approaches.
You’ll learn to equip pupils with a strong command of biological science and to develop their interest in science generally. You will be able to open their eyes to the many potential career paths offered through study of this subject.
This PGCE course benefits from our convenient London location and will broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through study, discussion and teaching, you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and the methods you can use to help them to effectively develop their computing skills.
We place great emphasis on sharing feedback with your peers and colleagues. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.
In the university-based sessions at our Holloway campus, you’ll learn teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques, as well as discovering the fundamentals of how pupils learn. These sessions will include collaborative projects and school-based projects with other trainees, learning about the principles of planning, teaching and assessment and will also make use of the university’s renowned Science Centre.
Throughout your school placements, your school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in the classroom. By gaining experience both in the classroom and at university, you have the chance to reflect on links between your own teaching practice and theory.
With its high-quality teaching, this course is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the ‘inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support trainees receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.’ (Ofsted 2016)
For more information please see PGCE Secondary Science with Biology