Biology is the science of living organisms (including animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms) and their interactions with each other and the environment. The study of biology involves collecting and interpreting information about the natural world to identify patterns and relate possible cause and effect. Biology is used to help humans improve their own lives and to understand the world around them. For pupils to fulfil their potential, including many of the most able, they need to be taught by confident and highly competent expert who demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for the subject.
If you have a genuine passion for biology, going into a secondary classroom, to teach that subject, can be a wondrous experience. Passing on a love of biology is wonderful, and many teachers realise that they can never be bored teaching with so much variety in the job. Teaching itself is never boring - the kids are so entertaining; they will always surprise you.
The PL SCITT biology course will provide you with a wealth of practical teaching experience, and is carefully designed to ensure you are prepared for your first lessons in the classroom. Our enhanced opportunities to experience EYFS and primary settings will give you a grounding in the teaching of biology.
We work in partnership with other SCITTs in the north west of England to provide the subject specific pedagogy that underpins your classroom practice. Specialist Practitioners in Education (SLEs) lead these sessions, which don’t just allow you to gain knowledge of the best practical teaching approaches but also give you the opportunity to share ideas with other trainees in a wide range of schools.
You will be assessed both for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and through written assignments for Post Graduate Certification (PGCE). They are separate awards however, and the whilst the QTS will be assessed by ourselves within the SCITT, the PGCE will be assessed by your university tutors.