Biology with Bath Spa University

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://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/education/institute-for-education

About the course

Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Biology teacher.

The programme runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools including primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.

At the heart of the programme is the notion of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. The course nurtures and develops a reflective approach to teaching and learning, and encourages BSTs (Bath Spa Teachers) to take a critical stance in their work. You'll be organised in mixed subject groups, positioning you as a BST in the broader context of professional practice. The Professional Studies programme is at the core of the programme, which integrates both University and school partnership training.

The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the role of the teaching professional, with an emphasis on the Biology practitioner. Through Professional Studies, and subject and pedagogical teaching modules, you'll begin to develop an understanding of the breadth of the role of the teacher as well as becoming familiar with the subject knowledge and skills and pedagogies associated with your own particular subject.

Assessment

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.

The programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at level 7 (postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 master's level credits to put towards further master's study at the University.

Interview process

You’ll be asked to attend an interview. This will be structured in groups and will include opportunities to present your interests and experience.

How school placements work

The opportunities and challenges provided by the close partnership between Bath Spa University and schools offer a coherent and exciting training programme.

This programme consists of seamless training both at the University and in school. There are two assessed phases in school – one lasting seven weeks, and the other lasting 14 weeks. Prior to these are University sessions involving subject pedagogies and knowledge which link to schools through direct classroom sessions.

You will also experience a range of other school environments such as a primary school and a special school.

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 £12,900

Please note the fees above are for the PGCE in 2018/19. The 2019/20 fees are subject to review by government.

For 2019/20 fee information please visit the student finance pages on our website.

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2:2 honours degree with at least 50% suitable biology content. You’ll be enthusiastic about Science and working with children.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above (or recognised equivalents) in English, Mathematics and a Science subject. You're also required to have an A-level in Science.

If you're unsure if you have the necessary subject knowledge then you may be recommended to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Personal qualities

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for people with a committed professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Other requirements

  • Professional Skills test – you are required to pass literacy and numeracy QTS skills tests. If successful at interview, you will be made an offer with the condition that you pass your skills tests by the start of the course. Find out more here.
  • Fitness to train to teach check to ensure you are medically fit to take a teacher training course.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – the Government scheme, to enable the identification of people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

About the training provider

Bath Spa University has a long and successful tradition of 
Initial Teacher Education dating back over 70 years. Newton Park campus was officially opened as Bath Teacher Training College in the 1940s and the University, in partnership with local schools, is now the largest provider of teacher education in the area.

Bath Spa University has been awarded a grade 1 'outstanding' for its primary and secondary teacher education programmes by the quality regulator Ofsted, which is the highest grade that can be given. The programmes build on a long established history of teacher training, excellent education research, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

From January 2019, we will also be offering a part-time route into the Primary (5-11) and Primary (7-11) Programmes. If you wish to apply for this please contact teaching@bathspa.ac.uk.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have a range of support services designed to help you get the most out of your time at Bath Spa University. You’ll find advice, guidance, information and ideas on a range of issues, provided by specialist staff who will share their expertise and help guide you through the many activities and issues that you may encounter. Further information can be found on our website.

  • Student Support

Most students find themselves needing a bit of help at times as they juggle different priorities and demands. Common concerns include balancing study, work and social life, personal issues, friends and relationship difficulties, health or loneliness. We won’t make decisions for you – but we’ll help you to make them 
for yourself.

  • Disability and Accessibility

Our specialist team gives information, advice and guidance to our students with a disability, including those with a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D), on the autism spectrum, with mental health or medical conditions or with sensory 
or mobility impairments.

  • Mental health and wellbeing

Our team is here to help you cope with the demands of the PGCE year, build resilience and enable you to engage with your own mental health.

  • Money Advice

We can guide you through the intricacies of funding your teacher training and give advice on loans and other forms of funding, on budgeting and how to handle and negotiate debt. We also administer loans and grants which are available in special circumstances to students experiencing financial hardship.

Contact details

Email
teaching@bathspa.ac.uk
Telephone
01225 875875
Website
http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/education/institute-for-education
Address
Newton Park Campus
Newton St Loe
Bath
Bath and North East Somerset
BA2 9BN

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: B20
  • Training programme code: CX11

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

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