Biology with Quantock Teaching Alliance Accredited provider: University of Exeter

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://quantockta.co.uk

About the course

Our Secondary Science PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is a great way to develop outstanding teachers.

Staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of science education. We train you to be thoughtful, creative teachers who care about children’s development and their capacity to understand and use science in their everyday lives and future careers.

Biology is the most popular science choice at 'A' level and, in addition to being a key component of Science in the National Curriculum, is also being offered as a separate GCSE option in many schools.

The PGCE Secondary Biology option provides a pathway into teaching for good biology graduates who, ideally, also have a strong background in at least one other science at 'A' level. It is designed to prepare students for teaching all aspects of science to at least Key Stage 3, and biology at GCSE and 'A' level.

Development of subject and teaching knowledge and understanding is a priority and the team of science tutors includes specialists in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology teaching.

Topics covered include:

the aims of science teaching

the planning, preparation and evaluation of learning experiences for children of different ages and abilities

school laboratory management

the use of information and communications technologies to support science teaching and learning

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/science/biology/#2gWsuctG3ecx3hZd.99

How school placements work

We work with local secondary schools including an Independent School to provide placements that will give students a rounded, engaging and experience. We also have opportunities available in special education across all ages including secondary and sixth form.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,900

Financial support

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 - 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.

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages

Requirements

Qualifications

You will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. You will have a good ‘A’ level grade in biology and ideally in another science subject and a good degree (first or upper second class Honours) with at least 50% of the content related to biology. Equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered. Where necessary you may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.

Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.

Personal qualities

Energetic, able and committed science applicants will find this an empowering course which develops personal transferable skills, strength of character and offers the potential for playing a part in shaping the future of society.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, passes in both professional skills tests, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.

About the training provider

We are delighted to be working with the University of Exeter to offer School Direct training from our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater (https://www.haygroveschool.co.uk/)

Set in the heart of Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our training route provides a fantastic opportunity for students to study their taught PGCE programme as part of the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provision at St Luke’s Campus the University of Exeter. The rest of the training takes place in the classroom, learning from teachers and working directly with pupils from the outset.

We work with a range of Primary, Secondary and Special schools as well as the Independent sector to ensure students have as diverse as possible (in this area) experience. Our schools range from urban (town) to rural (small church schools) as well as across a range of Special Schools and a highly-successful independent school.

About the accredited provider

Exeter University are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/whychooseexeter/ofsted/) and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of ITE in the Good Teacher Training Guide (2017). Ofsted praised University of Exeter-trained teachers for their ‘high levels of professionalism; drive, resilience and an ability to manage themselves independently’; meaning our NQTs make rapid progress in their careers as new teachers and gain confidence in teaching children with a diverse range of needs. The 2017 inspection of ITE programmes praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and NQTs teaching children in the region and nationally.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.

Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

Contact details

Email
DBeach@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Telephone
01278455531
Website
http://quantockta.co.uk
Address
Quantock Teaching Alliance
Haygrove School
Durleigh Road
Bridgwater
TA6 7HW

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2JK
  • Training programme code: 3B9G

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Quantock Teaching Alliance, Haygrove School, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 7HW

Advice and support

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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