Newman University Biology (P747)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.newman.ac.uk/

Contents

Course summary

The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a biology subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement range. In addition, you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology at Key Stage 4

Your suitability for the biology pathway will be explored at interview and your bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place.

Science with Biology

A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) of which 50% content must be related to the named subject, and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.

If your degree does not contain enough Biology, you may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Biology.

You will explore the science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 through practical work in chemistry, physics and biology that leads to the development of subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. These sessions will take place in newly built laboratories equipped to model modern school science facilities. Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors.

In addition to elements of taught sessions at Newman, directed activities and independent laboratory study time will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your subject knowledge and pedagogy in your specialist subject of Biology and prepare you to begin to take on a leadership role in your specialism within a science department.  These activities will be linked to your audit of subject knowledge and enable you to meet your individual training needs.

School placements

The placement cycle will follow that of the full time PGCE course with trainees out in schools for 2 days a week in year 1 and 3 days a week in year 2. During school placements, students will be provided with a Mentor meeting log, which will contain a ‘Big Question’ for each weekly meeting. These will be tailored to reflect the stage of training, and the content will have recently been covered during theme taught sessions.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

A list of accepted equivalent qualifications together with details of Equivalency Tests from Newman University can be found on our website at

https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/gcse-equivalent-qualifications-accepted-by-newman-university-for-teaching-training-courses-programmes/

Personal qualities

The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.

Other requirements

Obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

To be confirmed

Financial support from the training provider

To be confirmed

About the training provider

The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for over fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.

These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.

The Primary PGCE is available in two options: 3-7 (Early Years/KS1) or 5-11 (KS1/KS2). We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science: Biology/Chemistry/Physics.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.

“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015

Interview process

Our aim is to make this a two way informative process that is as enjoyable as possible, despite being an interview. We want every candidate to have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to be a good teacher and to thrive as a teacher in their following career.

Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage, further details can also be found on the Newman website.

Interview candidates will be invited to our Faculty of Education to meet academic staff and tutors.

The interview day is made up of 2 main components: ● Micro-teaching session with a small group of other candidates, Interviewers will be looking for you to include: a brief introduction; a main body , engaging the audience and making good use of the available time; a definitive ending summarizing the learning ● Personal interview. The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, to find out about you and your interests, experiences and skills relevant to becoming a teacher

We will be looking for: ● Your passion to become an outstanding teacher ● Good communication skills, including an ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups ● A knowledge of the National Curriculum in your subject or age area and current educational developments

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:

  • Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
  • Hearing or Visual loss
  • Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
  • Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
  • Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
  • Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.

We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:

  • Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
  • Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
  • Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
  • Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties

We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@newman.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 476 1181
Website
https://www.newman.ac.uk/
Address
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
Birmingham
West Midlands
B32 3NT

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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