Roehampton University Biology (C1X1)

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/teacher-training/

Contents

About the course

The PGCE Secondary science programmes (Biology with Science, Chemistry with Science and Physics with Science) are designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the science specified in the National Curriculum for science at Key Stage 3, and your chosen science specialism from biology, chemistry or physics at Key Stage 4 and, if appropriate, at post-16. Students join the course with a variety of science degrees and backgrounds. Few, if any, are confident from the start in all aspects of science demanded by the National Curriculum or even by their own subject specialism. Early in the course you will complete a personal audit and begin an action plan to build on your general science and subject specialism knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme. A similar approach is followed with your understanding and skills in ICT, so that you will be able to make appropriate use of these when teaching.

The programme is the result of close collaboration between school-based mentors and the Roehampton team. It is arranged into three terms. In the first term you begin to learn how pupils develop science understanding and skills while at the same time building enough confidence to plan and teach a science lesson. The second term extends this by using teaching experience to improve lesson performance and revisit and extend issues within science education. The third term addresses science education outside the classroom and broader issues concerning the role of science within the school curriculum. Towards the end of this term, you will develop an action plan to provide a basis for progression and development within your first year of teaching.

Science education at Roehampton is well staffed and resourced so that we are able to provide you with practical workshops as well as seminars and personal tutorials. Throughout the programme we aim to produce more than strong classroom practitioners; we aim also to produce reflective teachers who will go on to participate in, and influence, the future development of science education.

For more information please visit our website here. (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/pgce-secondary-science-specialism/)

School placements

During school placements, students benefit from working alongside experienced Science teachers. Students have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors. We have an extensive mentor training programme to ensure that you have access to fully-trained mentors.

Each student spends a minimum of 120 days on placement. In a normal week you will be in school on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and a Friday with Wednesdays being spent at University.

We will arrange your placements and we take into account where you live and your available methods of transport. We also make placement decisions based on trying to ensure you have contrasting placements to give you a breadth of expereince across the course.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

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.

We recommend A Star equivalency (https://astarequivalency.co.uk/) or Equivalency Testing (www.equivalencytesting.com) as third parties who can provide equivalency testing. Please consult their websites for costs and arrangements.

Personal qualities

We look for candidates who have good interpersonal skills and a strong desire to teach. Teachers need to be flexible and prepared to take on a wide range of responsibilities. It is not a requirement to have spent time in school before the course starts but many candidates find this very useful in preparing them for the realities of classroom life.

Other requirements

  • UK enhanced DBS check is required prior to enrolment and a suitability declaration will be requested when accepting a place. If you have lived outside of the UK for a period of a year over the age of 18 then you will also be required to provide an overseas criminal records check clearance prior to starting the course.

  • A declaration of health questionnaire is required to assess if you are fit to teach.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

The School of Education at Roehampton is one of the principal providers of teacher training in the UK, with a partnership network of over 400 schools. We have a rich tradition of training teachers dating back to 1841, longer than any other university.

As a student in our School, you will enjoy high quality teaching which will equip you for a successful career with a competitive starting salary. The subject specific expertise of our tutors and the outstanding resources offered by the course will help you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become an Early Career Teacher. 95% of students who left the course in 2020 and 2021 agreed that the course had equipped them to be a good or better teacher (Ofsted survey 2020 and 2021).

We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in south west London, close to Putney and Hammersmith, and just 30 minutes from the West End.

Interview process

We are continuing to interview applicants online this year. There will be a recording for you to watch introducing the course and the subject tutor team and a group interview based on what you have learned from your observations in school and understanding of teaching in general. Each applicant will also have an individual interview with the subject tutor lasting about 30 minutes. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the course during this interview. You may be asked to discuss a portfolio where relevant, to give a presentation, or to show the relevance of your subject knowledge, following specific guidance.

There will also be a written task, where you will be asked to write a short piece on the role of your subject within the national curriculum. This is to check your spelling, punctuation and grammar, and to see what your response would be to writing at Master’s level. These interview elements are carefully planned to give you the best possible opportunity to show your potential for teaching and working with young people in school. A teacher from one of our partner schools may take part in the interview.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.

For new students, we strongly recommend that you get in touch to let us know about your specific disability and support needs. Any information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to support you with your studies.

We recommend you inform us of your specific learning difference (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

For more information please see our disability services website here.

https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/disability-services/

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@roehampton.ac.uk
Telephone
0208 392 3314
Website
https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/teacher-training/
Address
Roehampton University
Roehampton lane
London
SW15 5PU

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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