Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school science curriculum for the 11-16 age range (all three sciences) and biology to AS/A-level.
Science is crucial to the development and future prospects of children. You can inspire the next generation of scientists and ensure all children value their science education. Developing scientific skills, curiosity and literacy enables children to understand the world around them so they can make informed decisions about their lives and have a say in society.
You will explore theory informed, up-to-date and practical teaching practices in our school-styled laboratories. You’ll learn how to plan, assess, reflect on and use research to continually improve your practice in a supportive environment. You will also develop your teacher persona, ability to manage behaviour for learning and support children’s wellbeing.
Some sessions are specific to biology but the majority occur in mixed specialism groups. Just like science departments in schools, we explore the connections across the sciences and share expertise.
There will also be 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). The course is taught by highly experienced, research active, subject experts who have all been practising teachers. The team and students are supported by an excellent team of science technicians.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Employability - You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach all three sciences to GCSE and your specialism, biology, chemistry or physics, potentially up to A-level.
Schools experience - You will spend at least the minimum DfE required time in schools (approximately 120 days) on placements in schools, gaining experience in mainstream secondary schools.
Postgraduate credits - When you graduate, you’ll achieve 60 masters’ level credits (this is one-third of a masters degree). You can put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your new career, such as our new MTeach course.
Partnerships - We have partnerships with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations, meaning we are able to provide students with a range of school experiences.
Research-led teaching - Our research centre, ESRI ranks in the UK’s top 20 for research power in Education (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and recent research sponsors include the Department of Education; Wellcome Trust; European Union; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Barclays; Microsoft; Siemens and LEGO.