About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Biology) programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach all three sciences to Key Stage 3 and your subject specialism to Key Stage 4.
In addition, we will help you to develop expertise that will enable you to teach all three sciences to Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and your subject specialism to Key Stage 5 (A Level).
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about this course
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
- Giving a presentation
- A group interview
- Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions
As a School Direct applicant you may be asked to attend a school based interview at one of our partnership schools, in order that we can consider a suitable placement school should you be successful on gaining a place on the programme. Farlingaye & Kesgrave TSA will contact you directly should this be the case.
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
You will be based in schools two-thirds of the 38-week programme (120 days). On the School Direct route you will already know the Lead and partner schools in which you will have at least one of you placements when you are offered a place on the course.
The programme begins with structured observation in both secondary and primary schools in your local area.
During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you’ll gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice as you work in university and your two placement schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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Prior to submitting your application, you will need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C or an equivalent qualification in English language and mathematics
- IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent qualification, if your first language is not English
Prior to beginning the course, you will need to have achieved a degree or its equivalent. As a general guideline, approximately 50% of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach. A degree classification of 2:2 or above is preferred in Biology or a closely related subject.
Find out more within our Essential Information section
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
If offered a place, prior to the start of the course in September, all applicants will be required to:
About the training provider
The Farlingaye and Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance was established in 2011 as part of the first cohort of Teaching Schools nationally. We were the first Teaching School within Suffolk, and feel that we have established a positive working relationship across the county providing tailored support, raising achievement for pupils and developing staff.
By choosing to undertake your teaching training with us, you will find a welcoming, supportive and cutting edge environment in which to begin your career. A combination of working with excellent classroom practitioners, as well as the thorough programme of professional development that is in place will ensure your training year is rewarding and offers you the right opportunities to develop. We also realise the importance of the support you receive in this crucial year and our supportive mechanisms for those new to their careers ensure that at every level substantial guidance, mentoring and coaching is in place to aid your development.
We work with a variety of secondary schools within Suffolk, a full list depending on the training programme you choose can be found on our website. (http://www.farlingayekesgravetsa.co.uk/)
Our long standing and collaborative working relationships with both our accrediting providers is second to none, which is reflected in the success rates of our trainees.
In the last 10 years 100% of our teacher training graduates, who completed their training programme, have secured teaching positions after leaving us, with many remaining in our schools to enjoy the continued support that is offered beyond training and the NQT years.
About the accredited body
UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Farlingaye & Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance, alongside our ITT providers, is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities. Please contact us to discuss any specific access requirements.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Farlingaye & Kesgrave TSA, Suffolk IP5 2PB
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