About the course
You will graduate from our Biology PGCE equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent secondary school teacher. Content is kept up to date with changes in local and national initiatives and legislation, so you will be confident that your working knowledge is based on current theory and practice.
There are four strands to this course:
- subject study/subject education
- education studies
- school-based training
- professional development.
If your degree isn’t in this subject area or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses..
Studying with us you will benefit from a range of course features which include:
- access to over 30,000 specialist teaching resources in our curriculum centre
- use of our specialist science labs which replicate those used in schools
- enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase
- learn from staff who have years of experience as secondary school teachers before joining the university
See full details of this course on the University of Brighton website.
How school placements work
As a trainee teacher on our initial teacher training courses you will have multiple opportunities to put your teaching theory into practice.
You will spend a minimum of 120 days on school-based training during your course. For secondary this is split into two phases approximately 16 weeks and 11 weeks long.
You will spend time in two contrasting schools to ensure you gain varied and valuable experiences. We have partnerships with over 600 schools and colleges in the South East offering opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings.
School-based training is organised on your behalf by our Partnership Office. At the start of your course you will complete a placement information form which will help us match you with suitable school settings. We will take into account your previous experience, the distance from your home and any individual needs such as caring responsibilities. We aim to minimise your travelling time to placement and wherever possible keep it under 40 minutes.
Our staff will ensure that you are well prepared for each phase of school-based training, and that you have all the support and guidance you need to make the most of these opportunities. We run bespoke sessions to guide you through the expectations of school-based training and provide thorough guidance in handbooks.
Trainees consistently evaluate their school-based training highly and Ofsted identify our approach to training in schools as a key strength of our courses, with an excellent balance between university tuition and school-based training.
You can find out more about school-based training on our website.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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.
Degree and experience
- Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
- At least English language and maths. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.
About the training provider
The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of education and teacher training. We have a long-established reputation for high quality courses and have been educating teachers and other professionals for over 100 years. We were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018 for early years, primary and secondary initial teacher training.
As one of the leading initial teacher training providers in the country, our strength lies with our school-led partnership, one that works to ensure trainee teachers receive the best possible support and education. Through our partnership we work closely with over 600 schools and colleges in the region who provide high quality school-based training opportunities.
Our specialist facilities include the Curriculum Centre which houses more than 30,000 specialist resources for trainee teachers.
We are ranked in the top 10 for education courses in England in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. In the Guardian University League Tables 2020 we are in the UK top 20 for education courses.
Our students develop the skills and knowledge needed to be great educators, able to change our societies for the better. Employment rates for our students are consistently above the sector average and they are highly sought by our partner schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
If you have a disability, long-term health condition or a specific learning difficulty, we will do everything we can to make sure you have equal opportunities to learn and take part in all aspects of student life.
We have a dedicated team who will support you, and facilities and equipment to help you make the most of university.
You can find out more about how we can support you on our website. You can also email us to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01273 643799.
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.
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Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
Get support and advice about teaching
Register with Get into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
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