Secondary Education Biology
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.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary Education offers initial teacher education to develop effective and inspirational practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound grasp of theoretical concepts.
This course is designed to meet the NCTL Teaching Standards which assesses all trainees working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This Biology route sits within an exciting range of Secondary Education subjects we offer within the Institute of Education.
This postgraduate qualification offers 60 Masters-level credits that can be used towards our Masters degrees in the field of education.
This is NOT an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in Primary schools or Post Compulsory Education establishments.
- A first honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification (a 2:1 classification or above is expected).
If successful at interview you may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course which is designed for ITT (Initial Teacher Training) candidates to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach in this subject.
- GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent.
Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department email@example.com for clarification. You will be required to provide evidence of your original GCSE qualifications.
- Ability to demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in your own scientific subject knowledge across the sciences.
- You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.
You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.
Interview and selection
Once your application has been considered by 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/audit.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
- 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
Please view further information regarding interview information
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin after 2013/14 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course.
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme through UCAS Teacher Training.
Find out more about Professional Skills Tests and the support we offer.
Please note that: application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
If you have been successful at interview and been given a conditional offer, you will need to complete a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
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 across the 11-16 age range within the Secondary age phase.
Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers
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.
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.
120 days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.
We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,250 (Whole course)||Home/EU||1 Years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 11,700 (Whole course)||International||1 Years|
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