About the course
Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. 94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In our 2018 student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.
The special features of the PGCE science programmes at King’s are:
- Separate groups for each of the four science specialisms: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physics with Mathematics. These focus on how to teach your specialist subject to the age range 11-18.
- Sessions designed to help you teach science topics which are outside your science subject specialism. These are designed to help you contribute to science programmes at Key Stage 3 and 4.
- 'Science Pedagogy' sessions where you work in mixed groups of science students on topics like scientific enquiry, formative assessment, use of discussion in science lessons and cognitive acceleration through science education. These classes are often taught by people who are at the forefront of research about innovative teaching strategies. The Science Education research group at King's is the largest in the UK and has a strong national and international reputation. This allows us to feed new ideas into the PGCE programme and creates a dynamic and forward-looking course.
- The course is set in the context of a friendly department with a strong commitment to our students.
The selection process will involve an interview, a group task and a short piece of writing.
In interview and group task we will be looking for:
- evidence that you have a commitment to working with young people;
- ability to explain clearly and to think on your feet;
- evidence of good interpersonal skills;
- knowledge of school level science in each of biology, chemistry and physics;
- familiarity with the realities of teaching science in secondary schools;
- awareness of current educational issues;
- commitment to equal opportunities;
- ability to work well in a group dynamic.
In your writing we will be looking for:
- ability to express yourself clearly;
- accurate grammar and spelling
How school placements work
You will have two different school placements during the course. We work with a large number of schools around London and Greater London and we select school placements carefully, taking into account the teachers who act as mentors and the subjects they offer.
We try to ensure that all trainees have a reasonable journey to school and to ensure that you have a balanced teaching experience including the full secondary age (11-18) and ability range.
The course fees for 2020/2021 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 maths 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 about eligibility for bursaries 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.
A UK honours degree or international equivalent, preferably 2:2 honours or above, in Science relevant to the subject specialism chosen for the PGCE.
All applicants must possess a grade C/ grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent).
We are looking for people with:
- commitment to teaching;
- good communication skills (oral and written);
- good interpersonal skills;
- good knowledge of science in the specialist science chosen and potential to teach this up to A level;
- a good knowledge of science in most of the areas of the National Curriculum for Science and potential to develop competence to contribute to a science programme up to age 16 (Key Stage 4);
- an ability to explain science clearly;
- potential to manage young people effectively;
- awareness of current educational issues;
- commitment to equal opportunities.
The Department for Education requires the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) to vet the background of persons working in their schools. Candidates offered a place on a PGCE course will be asked to complete an enhanced check with the DBS to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working as a teacher. This must be completed before you register on the programme.
About the training provider
Experience: King’s has been training teachers for over 120 years and has developed a reputation for excellence in its training methods. The PGCE academics are qualified teachers themselves and are highly experienced in teacher training.
Reputation: King’s has developed a reputation for excellence in both training methods and the standards of new teachers we train. At the most recent Ofsted inspection King’s was graded 'Outstanding'.
Location: Based in the heart of London, King’s is surrounded by landmarks and cultural institutions that we incorporate into our training. Transport links are extensive as the campus is only minutes from Waterloo station.
Student satisfaction: Trainees value the effectiveness of their training in preparing them for their teaching career. 92% of graduates rated the quality of our training as very good or good in the 2018 student survey.
Employment prospects: 94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. Many schools actively contact us to try and recruit our trainees during the academic year.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems past or present preclude applicants from teaching.
We always welcome applications from people with disabilities. Candidates offered a place must complete a pre-commencement health declaration form. If this reveals a need, King's provides appropriate school placements, support and monitoring for the trainee during the course. If you have any questions about health, disability, or the support provided, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Road, London SE1 9NN
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