Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school science curriculum for the 11-16 age range.
You’ll learn how to teach sciences to GCSE and your science specialism, up to AS/A level.
To help you share your subject expertise, you’ll have many of your sessions in mixed specialism groups with fellow trainees. When you study A-Level work, you’ll usually split into specialist groups.
You’ll explore various teaching methods in our laboratories, which mirror school science classrooms. You’ll consider how to plan lessons and manage activities, how to reflect on your developing practice and how research can develop this.
And, you’ll conduct some of the experiments you might use on your placements, such as exploring the properties of electromagnets, extracting DNA from a kiwi fruit, and investigating the reactions of alkaline metals.
You’ll also have guest sessions with alumni and experts from a variety of organisations. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS).
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in a variety of schools.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach science at Key Stage 3, GCSE and potentially A/AS-level.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in at least two contrasting school placements as well as the opportunity for additional experience that will prepare you to excel in the classroom.
You can choose University-led or School-led routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Following successful completion of this course, you will achieve 60 masters level credits (one third of a masters degree) and these can contribute to future studies.