About the course
Excellent quality teaching and learning opportunities on an exciting and popular activity-led programme carefully designed to meet the latest Biology curriculum requirements.
Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
This PGCE will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Biology. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.
The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to become a competent and assured secondary school teacher, with sufficient subject knowledge to not only teach across the science disciplines at Key Stage 3, but also contribute outside your specialist subject at Key Stage 4.
If you want to help secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16 develop practical and analytical skills and excite their curiosity in the world around them, this is the programme for you.
How school placements work
We work with a range of schools and settings across the North West predominately, working with just over 200 settings in 2017/18. There may be opportunities beyond the North West, but this is considered on a bespoke basis.
Trainees are placed with children aged 11 to 16 years and undertake assessed placements in at least two different settings. All trainees engage with key training areas during the programme including Key Stage 2 and transition, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, post-16 teaching and learning and working with learners for whom English is an Additional Language
Hands-on classroom experience, opportunities to further subject knowledge and establishing a wide range of exciting, innovative and interactive teaching methods are integral to the programme. Trainees develop their own learning skills and reflect upon, and take charge of, their own development as a trainee teacher. Trainees gain knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ. The essential strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school are embedded throughout the trainees’ journey.
Placements vary in length from three day enhancements in specialised settings, up to sixty-nine days block placements.
Trainees are allocated to placements based on a range of criteria including their geographical location, but also in relation to their training needs and requirements.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced by the Government.
For more details visit our website.
Financial support information for international students can be found here.
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
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit our website.
To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have:
- A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) in a Biology-related discipline;
- GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;
You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Details can be found here.
When you apply, you are expected to have:
- A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher
- Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English
- Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.
Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
About the training provider
Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester. The institution has been providing higher education since 1885, with a mission to create opportunity from knowledge.
The institution’s significant success in achieving its mission is recognised by a range of awards and high rankings for teaching, student experience, accommodation and more. Edge Hill is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. The University is also one of the select few to have held the coveted UK University of the Year title, awarded by Times Higher Education (2014/15).
Edge Hill University has been at the forefront of initial teacher training for 130 years. Our PGCEs enable graduates to train to teach in early years, primary, secondary or further education.
You can study a broad-based early years or primary PGCE, specialise in primary mathematics or primary physical education, choose from a variety of dedicated routes in secondary subject areas, or prepare for a career in further education or the lifelong learning sector.
If you’re looking to join a PGCE in secondary education but lack the required subject knowledge, we may have a suitable subject knowledge enhancement course for you.
Whichever age range or specialism you choose, your programme will combine expert tuition with significant time in schools and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive practical experience and become increasingly confident in the classroom.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.
Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.
We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise about:
- Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study
- Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions
- The benefits of a Student Support Plan
- Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility
- Reasonable adjustments to support your study
- Exam modifications and alternative assessments
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)
- Disclosure and Confidentiality
- Rights and Responsibilities
- PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans
One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition which may require First Aid, we recommend that you complete our Emergency Action Plan. We can discuss this with you when we see you.
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