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Secondary Science (PGCE)

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training. Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.

The Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics routes are designed to produce highly-skilled and outstanding science teachers who will enthuse and inspire children with a love of the subject and an ability to achieve in it at the highest levels.

Trainees with be trained to teach National Curriculum Science at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and their subject specialism (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) to KS5.

The subject specific element of the course is delivered at a nearby partner school and is complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is based at our Bognor Regis campus.

The subject studies focuses very much on turning a good understanding of educational theory into outstanding performance in the classroom.

  • How do children learn?
  • How do we know they have learnt?
  • How can we increase their achievement?
  • How do I plan for learning and then how do I know if the children have achieved the desired outcome?

To develop these skills and many others we use a mixture of input from the course leader, from your peers, visiting speakers, group work and tasks, practical sessions and use videos of you teaching your peers.

You will learn about learning and how to plan and achieve the best progress for the children you teach.

Entry requirements

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.2 or above in a subject where the content is at least 50% science. The course co-ordinator welcomes contact from applicants who would like to discuss the suitability of their degree and their specialist options. There are various subject knowledge enhancement courses available for students who need to improve their subject knowledge in specific areas. These can also be discussed, either before application or at interview.

All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths.

Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

Course modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

Fees

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area).

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years

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