About the course
The PGCE Secondary science programmes (Science with Biology, Science with Chemistry and Science with Physics) are designed to enable you to teach, as a minimum, all the science specified in the National Curriculum for science at Key Stage 3, and your chosen science specialism from biology, chemistry or physics, at Key Stage 4 and, if appropriate, at post-16. Students join the course with a variety of science degrees and backgrounds. Few, if any, are confident from the start in all aspects of science demanded by the National Curriculum or even by their own subject specialism. Early in the course you will complete a personal audit and begin an action plan to build on your general science and subject specialism knowledge. This is an important thread running through the programme. A similar approach is followed with your understanding and skills in ICT, so that you will be able to make appropriate use of these when teaching.
The programme is the result of close collaboration between school-based mentors and the Roehampton team. It is arranged into three terms. In the first term you begin to learn how pupils develop science understanding and skills while at the same time building enough confidence to plan and teach a science lesson. The second term extends this by using teaching experience to improve lesson performance and revisit and extend issues within science education. The third term addresses science education outside the classroom and broader issues concerning the role of science within the school curriculum. Towards the end of this term, you will develop an action plan to provide a basis for progression and development within your first year of teaching.
Science education at Roehampton is well staffed and resourced so that we are able to provide you with practical workshops as well as seminars and personal tutorials. Throughout the programme we aim to produce more than strong classroom practitioners; we aim also to produce reflective teachers who will go on to participate in, and influence, the future development of science education.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) offers a limited number of £30,000 tax-free scholarships to students looking to complete a ITE Physics degree.
Candidates should have an approved degree in a science. Some familiarity with schools through work experience or observation should be gained prior to interview. Applicants will also be asked to prepare a short presentation on a school science topic for the interview.
Applicants will be interviewed in conjunction with St. Bonaventure's School. Observation before interview is not a requirement. Many applicants do find observation before interview can be very helpful, however.
Candidates should note that school placements will be in local state secondary schools, so observational experience outside of this sector might not provide an adequate understanding of the rewards and challenges presented to teachers in this sector. Any observational experience – in either the state or independent sector – should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers. Candidates are invited to contact subject tutors for advice by email if they have any uncertainties about the relevance of observation undertaken.
For more information please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/pgce-secondary-entry-requirements/)
How school placements work
You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in a school within the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance and there will also be a shorter placement in another school within the alliance which will add breadth to the experience.
You will be visited in school by a university tutor, and you will have a mentor in school. The training at Roehampton will enable you to reflect upon your practice within the broad context of educational theory so that you will feel equipped to teach in any school.
For more information about the School Direct Science Course please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/pgce-secondary-science-specialism/|)
For more general information about School Direct please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/school-direct/)
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Please note we will not consider anyone with a 3rd class degree unless the applicant is already holder of a higher degree or has extensive relevant professional experience.
Candidates should have achieved a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs. If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, we accept the equivalency tests in Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing.
Students are required to pass Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context.
A successful applicant will be highly self-motivated, hardworking and deeply reflective. In addition, applicants should be willing and ready to take on advice and feedback, adapt their teaching to suit different learning styles and work successfully in a professional whole-school environment.
We recommend that you undertake some relevant work experience prior to interview.
About the training provider
Agnus Dei Teaching Schools’ Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn. It provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with St Mary’s University, University of East London, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education (UCL).
The Alliance is a partnership of 15 Catholic secondary schools across South, East, North East London, and Essex, many of whom have achieved an outstanding rating and all of whom have considerable experience of training teachers. Our staff are professional and talented practitioners who regularly share their knowledge, skills and expertise with trainee teachers in their own schools and across the Alliance. Our partnership of secondary schools is led by St Bonaventure’s School and incorporates the following schools:
-Bishop Challenor Catholic Federation
-Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood
-Cardinal Pole, Hackney
-De La Salle, Basildon
-Holy Family, Walthamstow
-New Hall Independent School, Chelmsford
-Notre Dame School, Southwark
-Sacred Heart of Mary, Upminster
-St Angela’s Ursuline School, Forest Gate
-St Benedict’s College, Colchester
-St John’s, Chigwell
-St John Payne, Chelmsford
-St Thomas More, Leigh-on-Sea
-The Campion School, Upminster
-The Palmer Catholic Academy, Seven Kings
-Ursuline Academy, Ilford
Our vision is that staff and students feel valued, experience success and enjoy learning. We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best Catholic school teachers and develop them into the best Catholic school leaders.
Our programme is open to applicants from all faiths, not just Catholics but we expect applicants to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of our partner schools.
About the accredited body
The School of Education at Roehampton is a principal provider of teacher training in the UK, with 350 partnership schools.
You will enjoy high quality teaching, to equip you for a successful career and competitive starting salary. 99% of teacher training graduates are in work or further study six months after leaving us. (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2013/14).
We are based on a beautiful parkland campus in south-west London, 30 minutes from the West End. Our School is ranked third in London for the quality of our research in the field of education (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Training with disabilities and other needs
School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team.
You can find more information here:- (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/disability-support)
The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.
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St Mary's aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, including students with additional support requirements.
We offer advice and support to our students who have requirements as a result of a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.
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The Disability & Dyslexia Team provides a completely confidential service and any information such as diagnostic reports, medical evidence or DSA Needs Assessments that are received on your behalf will be held confidentially in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy.
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