September 2020

PGCE Secondary Biology (QTS)

PGCE with QTS, Postgraduate, September 2020

Key Details

  • 2QGP Course Code
  • 1 Years

Overview

Why study PGCE Biology?

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable.  It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.

The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a biology subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement range. In addition, you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology at Key Stage 4

Your suitability for the biology pathway will be explored at interview and your bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place.

Science with Biology

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of biology in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Biology.

If you are unsure of the suitability of your degree subject for the Biology pathway, please contact Admissions for further information.

Learning and Teaching in Biology

 

You will explore the science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 through practical work in chemistry, physics and biology that leads to the development of subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. These sessions will take place in newly built laboratories equipped to model modern school science facilities. Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors.

Specialist Subject Development

 

In addition to elements of taught sessions at Newman, directed activities and independent laboratory study time will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your subject knowledge and pedagogy in your specialist subject of Biology and prepare you to begin to take on a leadership role in your specialism within a science department.  These activities will be linked to your audit of subject knowledge and enable you to meet your individual training needs.

School Experience

You will spend the majority of your time on the course in schools, developing your teaching skills. You will complete two main teaching placements at different secondary schools; one of 8 weeks and a second longer placement of 12 weeks. During both placements you are likely to have the opportunity teach science across Key Stages 3 and 4 and teach your specialism (biology) at Key Stage 4. During your placements your professional development will be supported by both the school and Newman tutors. Newman has an excellent reputation with local schools for providing a strong partnership with schools that support students during their placements. You will also work in a primary school for a short placement, looking at science teaching methods across earlier key stages. The course offers further flexible opportunities for individual ‘focus’ weeks towards the end of training, where specialised areas can be further developed, including AS/A2 examinations and Education and Professional Studies links with science and your specialism.

Please note that school placements can be an hour’s journey and/or 40 miles from a student’s term time address.

Employability

Newman Initial Teacher Training graduates have a high employment rate; and are well respected in the region and beyond. Most students take up a position in teaching, although some pursue other careers using the range of transferable skills gained during study.

Still time to apply for September 2020 entry

Thinking of starting your PGCE this September? Apply through UCAS Teacher Training for this PGCE with QTS. For help with the application process please contact our friendly and helpful admission teams via admissions@newman.ac.uk or via 0121 476 1181 ext. 3662.

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Entry Requirements

A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) of which 50% content must be related to the named subject, and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.

School experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, having experience in a school will support your preparation for training as a teacher.

At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have with school aged children and your understanding of teaching within your chosen age range. The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview.

You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and meet the requirements for fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course and be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of your PGCE. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

For further information about the Interview Process see our PGCE Secondary ITE Interview page.

For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

Fees for academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme. Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs that you will incur.

 

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

 

Modules

  1. This module enables students to develop their understanding of how to manage the learning and teaching environment in school. Three strands of teacher practice are explored: How children and adolescents learn; effective approaches to behaviour management for learning in school and assessment of learning in school. This learning will be facilitated through taught sessions that introduce theoretical perspectives and research evidence on these three aspects of practice and develop reflection on the implications of evidence for developing practice. School placement will provide opportunities to develop personal practice that implements the implications of an evidence base and reflect on the relationship between theory and practice.
  2. This module engages students with problematic areas of teaching and learning in science in secondary school. Pedagogic approaches that facilitate learning in school of these problematic areas of the subject curriculum are explored through practical engagement with subject specific pedagogic knowledge in seminar sessions. Students develop an area of expertise in their subject pedagogy that encourages future leadership, initially leadership of classroom learning in their subject and then potential subject leadership within school. The development of this expert knowledge provides opportunity to show creative problem solving informed by research evidence in an area of practice.
  3. This module allows trainee teachers to develop, practice and begin their professional competences as a secondary school teacher, through work in schools/ classrooms/ settings over a nine week placement. It is organised so that in successive modules the trainees will take increasing responsibility for teaching pupils and fulfilling the duties expected of a teacher. During the placement they will have the opportunity, supported by School based mentors, Class teachers and subject leaders to develop the qualities and skills necessary to manage pupils, monitor their learning and reflect upon and evaluate their knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements. They will demonstrate expertise in the pastoral and professional duties of a teacher and begin to acquire and develop skills in monitoring pupil’s progress.
  4. This module allows trainee teachers to develop, practice and demonstrate their professional competences as a secondary school teacher through work in schools and classrooms over an 11 week experience. This module is organised so that the trainees will be responsible for teaching pupils and fulfilling the duties expected of a teacher. During the placement they will have the opportunity, supported by School Based Mentors, Class teachers and subject leaders to demonstrate the qualities and skills necessary to manage pupils monitor their learning and reflect upon and evaluate their knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements. They will demonstrate expertise in the pastoral and professional duties of a teacher and continue to acquire and develop skills in monitoring pupil’s progress.
  5. This module allows trainee teachers opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of progression before and after the age range for which they are training to teach. They will have the opportunity to observe practice in a primary school over a one week placement. During the primary school placement they will have the opportunity to observe and discuss teaching at key stage 2 with class teachers and subject leaders to develop their understanding of transition to key stage 3. A further two week placement will allow trainees to either develop an understanding of teaching in the 16-19 age range where previous placements have not enabled this or to develop a deeper understanding of a specific element of school provision.
  6. This module enables students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to demonstrate that they meet the teachers’ standards for the award of QTS. Delivery of this non-credit bearing module is designed to support teaching placements where the skills and knowledge are both developed and demonstrated. The intended outcomes of this module are successful in demonstrating that they meet the teachers’ standards. Evidence of meeting the outcomes of this module will be demonstrated through an e-portfolio that contains a professional journal and professional development record and evidence of how the teachers’ standards have been met.

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