Secondary Education Biology – School Direct (Training)
The School Direct Tuition PGCE route is for high quality graduates who are looking to secure training and final employment at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your main training placement and provides University and school-based training along with 60 Masters level credits leading to the award of a PGCE at the end of the programme. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.
If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular life processes and living things and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our biology course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops in the context of a particular school direct training alliance.
- A degree in a strand of science or applied science, with 60% of the content in a relevant National Curriculum science area (from life processes and living things; materials and their properties; physical processes)
- Ability to demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in your own scientific subject knowledge across the sciences
- Recent experience of shadowing teachers in a science department in a secondary school
- GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Please consult the following guidance on GCSE and equivalent qualifications for entry to initial teacher training courses before applying. If your qualification is not listed please contact us for clarification.
Interview and Selection
- Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
- give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
- explore your subject strengths and areas for development
- assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
- arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
- answer all of your questions
- Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different schools determined by the school direct alliance.
- All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style. You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
- Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, classroom based investigation and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other the science routes.
- All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
Typical modules may include
- Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
- Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
- Further development through planned classroom activities
- Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
- Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject
PGCE: programme structure
- Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
- The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.
- 24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. This covers three phases the first and third (autumn and summer) will be in your alliance school. The second will be in an alternative setting. During the third phase a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focused on your chosen specialist area.
The fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323135 for further information.
Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and may be entitled to bursaries and student loans.
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