This is a one-year course in secondary teaching for graduates only, providing professional preparation, including subject knowledge development appropriate to teaching Science where this is may not have been covered in your degree. The expectation is that you develop your subject knowledge in Biology throughout your PGCE year. This may be through focussed essays, teacher support within school, INSET activities, Mentor guidance, peer group subject knowledge development and private research. It is also expected that when you apply for teaching jobs you will be able to teach all three sciences to KS3 and up to C-grade GCSE in your non-specialist area and to higher GCSE in Biology.
The course is designed to enable you to become a capable and confident teacher at secondary level. Abilities to teach the National Curriculum and encourage learning will be developed alongside the skills and understanding required of effective teachers by the Teachers' Standards.
Mode of study
One-year full-time course (36 weeks).
The Science course integrates theory with practice and two-thirds of your time will be spent in a school, where you will work closely with mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of topics including:
- subject knowledge enhancement
- ICT in the classroom
- lesson planning
- classroom management
- research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning Science
- special educational needs and inclusion
- differentiation and assessment
The University works closely in partnership with a number of schools. Two thirds of your time is spent in schools, where you will receive the support of school-based mentors required of the school's teaching staff.
You will spend an increasing amount of time in school as the course progresses, beginning in Term One with three days per week. In Term Two, four days a week will be spent in school and in Term Three, five days a week. The emphasis throughout will be on helping you gain progressively more confidence and competence in order to attain an increasing level of responsibility in the classroom.
You will need to be substantially independent in accessing relevant curriculum documents and approaching staff for guidance. In particular, you will need to plan your use of time very carefully. Early work in the Autumn Term at the University will be designed to help you prepare for and develop competence in these aspects.