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Middlesex University Biology (CX11)

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.mdx.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

For further information, see mdx.ac.uk The Secondary Science PGCE at Middlesex has excellent attainment outcomes for students, producing graduates who by the end of their training, have had the opportunities and experiences to equip them fully for a career in teaching and in all cases the clear potential to become good or outstanding teachers of secondary science. The emphasis of the course from the beginning is to develop a notion of professionalism as related to science teaching. Trainees reflect on their own personal values and learn the importance of teamwork and developing positive working relationships with their colleagues and with pupils. This work is then linked to developing their understanding of the nature of science and a rationale for its place in the curriculum. The course is then carefully structured to enable trainees to develop their knowledge and skills both across the science curriculum and in their specialist science subject. Throughout the training there is continuous and systematic review of professional development and subject knowledge development is a key feature of the course, linked to individual development plans. The experience and subject expertise of university-based tutors ensures that the training draws upon the most relevant and best-informed practice available and is enhanced effectively by the contribution of science specialists from our partner schools and from professional bodies in science such as the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Zoological Society of London and the Association of Science Education.

School placements

The course is designed to include 120 days of school-based training with placements in two different secondary schools, selected carefully so that you experience different approaches to school management and organisation as well as varied teaching and learning styles. You will teach classes across the 11-16 age range and have the opportunity for post 16 enhancement. Each placement provides a sustained teaching experience with a gradual increase in responsibility for planning, teaching and assessment. Within the placements, you will be supported by school-based mentors as well as your University Tutor. You may also have the opportunity to have a placement at an alternative learning environment such as a pupil referral unit, Special Needs School or museum. The Middlesex ITT Partnership extends across Greater London and also includes some schools in neighbouring local authorities, such as Hertfordshire.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You need at least a 2.2 Bachelor honours degree in a subject relevant to your chosen subject area. You must have GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English and Maths or be retaking them this year.

Personal qualities

To strengthen applications it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England.

Other requirements

You must be judged suitable to work with children after being subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and other required background checks. Please see; www.mdx.ac.uk

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 £12,500

Financial support from the training provider

At Middlesex, we understand that many of our students may experience financial difficulties. We offer our students a wide variety of additional financial support options to help them fund or part-fund their education. For further information, see; www.mdx.ac.uk

About the training provider

The education department has been involved in teacher training since the 1950s and has a long-established reputation for the provision of high quality teacher training. The department is based at the Hendon campus in London. We are committed to developing excellence in all areas of teaching, learning and professional practice in a wide range of contexts. We have high expectations of all our training teachers and work tirelessly to ensure that each individual reaches their full potential and becomes confident and highly employable. As a result, rates of employment are high across the partnership and many of our trainees stay within the partnership for their first teaching post. Our trainees come form a diverse range of backgrounds and typically all complete their training as good or outstanding trainees. During the last Ofsted inspection, inspectors commended the strong support for current and former trainees and the skilful way in which tutors tailor their work to meet the individual needs of trainees, providing challenge and support as required. Trainees are encouraged to develop their own support networks with peers, sharing resources and ideas. As a result, trainees are confident and able to seek advice and help during and after they have completed training.

Interview process

Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests in teaching, and to explore why you want to study with us. At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be judged, including your subject knowledge for teaching and potential to demonstrate proficiency with fundamental English and mathematics. If any shortfall is identified, you may be required to complete some additional work before starting the programme. During the programme, your subject knowledge and fundamental English and mathematics will be developed and assessed to ensure you reach the required level. The interview process is likely to include a presentation, group discussion, reading and writing tasks to probe subject knowledge, and an individual face-to-face interview. Tutors will use the process to make judgements about your potential to be trained as a teacher in your chosen subject area and your suitability to work with children.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We aim to provide an inclusive teaching and learning environment which caters for all trainees. We work closely with the Middlesex University Dyslexia and Disability Service to ensure that we are able to provide the appropriate support.

For more information, see; mdx.ac.uk

We endeavour to ensure that each trainee is supported on an individual basis, dependent on their needs. We strive to build resilience, and we prepare trainees for the potential pressure points on the course with bespoke ‘well-being’ sessions and provide individual personal support for trainees experiencing stress or anxiety.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@mdx.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8411 5555
Website
http://www.mdx.ac.uk
Address
Middlesex University
The Burroughs
Hendon
London
NW4 4BT

Support and advice

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021