About the course
In this course, professional and subject theory courses are delivered by the University of Leicester and the two school placements are within the Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance schools. In the first school placement, there will be the opportunity to mix with trainees from other disciplines during supplementary training sessions and to consider the ways in which theory is translated into good practice by outstanding teachers.
The PGCE Secondary Science programme aims to:
• develop your understanding of the role of Science teachers both within the department and in their wider professional responsibilities;
• introduce you to current theories and practice in Science teaching;
• help develop your academic and critical thinking skills to support effective Science teaching and learning for all your students;
• help you set high expectations for yourself and your students; and
• help you to understand what contribution Science education can make to the wider education of young people.
The Science course supports the core PGCE Teacher Development Course, through:
• Specialist sessions to develop your curriculum subject knowledge;
• Exploring effective teaching and learning in Science classrooms;
• Consideration of the role of practical work and your responsibility for safe classroom practice;
• Developing reflective practice to support your planning, delivery and evaluation of lessons; and
• Developing an understanding of recent curriculum change.
In addition to your specialist subject sessions and core science sessions, you will be allocated to a mixed team of specialists from all science disciplines in order to develop pedagogy related to science teaching.
Mixed teams and whole science sessions will include focus on:
• The science curriculum
• Lesson planning
• Behaviour for learning and classroom management
• Literacy and numeracy in science
• Differentiation and inclusion
• Earth science
• ICT in science, including data logging
• Teaching controversial issues in Science
• The Nature of Science
• Science outside the classroom
• Safety issues and risk assessment
• Classroom practice related to learning theories
• Demonstrations and practicals
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.
There is a two-stage interview process. If invited for interview, you will first meet members of the Brooke Weston team and will have the opportunity to meet current or former trainees and to see Brooke Weston at work. The interview takes the form of a conversation which will explore your ideas about education and your subject; the object is to ensure that those who join the course will have the best possible chance of becoming good and outstanding teachers.
In the second interview, which is at the university, you will meet members of the course team who will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have. You will participate in a group task with candidates from a range of subjects and give a brief presentation as part of a small group. Subject tutors will introduce a written subject task that you will complete during the day and you will have an individual interview with a subject tutor. The interview is not a daunting process but rather a discussion about your suitability and preparation for going into teaching. During the interview, you will explore any additional preparation needed to help put you in the best possible position to engage successfully with the course from the start.
How school placements work
You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in the Brooke Weston Teaching School Alliance partner schools. The placements are referred to as 'Phase A' and 'Phase B' placements.
After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. Wherever possible, the first placement is in Brooke Weston Academy. This placement offers ample opportunity to observe and learn from outstanding teachers. Trainees also have the opportunity to discuss their work and progress with each other and to enhance their understanding of ways to apply what they have learned through a practical school-based programme of professional studies. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor who will oversee your professional development. Both will liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% timetable.
During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. We try to place trainees in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year and that you have the opportunity to teach across the 11-18 age range. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% timetable.
All trainees will also undertake a week in a primary school following their Phase A placement to support their understanding of the broader context of education and to support writing of one of the PGCE assignments.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are yet to be confirmed.
You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- Applications are welcome from those with good qualifications in science at GCSE and AS/A level Biology(or equivalent) and at honours degree level. Applicants with a Biochemistry degree might wish to consider whether our Biology or Chemistry specialism might be most appropriate.
- Applicants will be required to teach across all three sciences to GCSE, so some subject knowledge development work is expected before the course begins.
- You may find it useful to have recent experience working with children and/or observing teaching in a school setting.
- A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy
You must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for science and for working with young people. The PGCE is a challenging course and applicants need a wide range of skills, knowledge, experiences and an aptitude for teaching. These skills include the ability to form relationships, good communication, commitment to learning and teaching and reflective qualities.
Applicants without Biology as a major subject are expected to undertake essential background reading before the course starts.
We expect all prospective students to have spent some days observing, possibly assisting, students and teachers in science classrooms to familiarise themselves with current developments.
Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.
All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. We will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.
About the training provider
Brooke Weston Academy Teaching School offers trainees a strong, ever-growing network of expertise which means that we are at the forefront of innovative practice in this area. Although we can offer trainees the chance to experience the wide variety of school organisation and curricula across our partnership, they will all have the opportunity to train in at least one Outstanding school.
Working with our university partners, we seek to ensure that trainees graduate from the course feeling supported, confident and well equipped for teaching. Completion and employment rates are high. Trainee satisfaction is also at a very high level, as shown by the evaluations of the course; the university training, the opportunity to discuss issues with peers, the level of support and the feeling of being valued are all particularly appreciated.
About the accredited body
The School of Education at the University of Leicester has a long and successful history of teacher training and a strong reputation for producing graduate teachers prized by schools.
The School of Education offers a PGCE via the School Direct training route, working in a close and collaborative relationship with Brooke Weston, so that our trainees benefit from the wealth of experience at the university and achieve consistently high quality outcomes.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Northampton offers support for applicants with a declared need. Individual meetings are held with trainees throughout the year with the Head of Initial Teacher Training and Programme Leader to discuss needs and signpost support.
Leicester School of Education's AccessAbility Tutor will contact all trainees who declare a disability and offer advise about the support which they may be entitled. They ask trainees to tell us how their disability may affect their learning and any adjustments they needed in order to access their studies.
These requests, with trainees' permission, are passed on to the relevant tutors, lecturers and schools so that they can accommodate all needs.
Trainees can contact the School of Education's AccessAbility Tutor and the University's AccessAbility Centre for further advice or to report a problem.
Some examples of how we support trainees with disabilities include:
• Accessible school placements provided for trainees with a physical disability.
• Tutors who are sensitive to the needs of trainees with mental health difficulties.
• Slide presentations and resources are made available to all trainees at least 24 hours before a session takes place.
• The AccessAbility Centre provides after hours appointments for PGCE trainees who are on placement and unable to attend during the day.
• Disabled parking permits are provided to enable trainees with physical disabilities to park close to university buildings.
• A variety of lesson planning templates is discussed with trainees with dyslexia to identify one that meets their needs and aids progression.
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Brooke Weston Academy, Coomb Road, Corby, Great Oakley NN18 8LA
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