About the course
This course aims to produce outstanding teachers whose enthusiasm for Biology inspires pupils in their study of the subject. There is currently great demand for Biology teachers in UK secondary schools and Liverpool Hope offers the support you need as you embark on a rewarding teaching career. The Science tutor team provides personalised support for you to develop your subject knowledge and pedagogy across all three sciences for teaching in key stages 3 and 4 and at post 16 level in your Science specialism. School based mentors work alongside University tutors to focus on individual student's development needs during their school based practice. The Biology course is small enough for tutors to focus on your individual needs but large enough to provide a forum for sharing experiences and supporting peers in a way that enhances your progress. Schools placements will cover the 11-16 age range, along with a KS5 enhancement.
If called for interview, the day will take the following format or similar to assess key skills and attributes:
- Presentation: you will be asked to give a presentation on a topic showing how you would deliver this to a class. Details are sent out with the interview letter.
- Interview: a set of questions designed to ascertain your ideas and knowledge on a range of educational issues.
- Group Task: A task will be set which requires you to work collaboratively in groups around a generic educational topic and present your findings to other candidates
- Literacy Test: A 20 minute written task to assess your standard of written English (grammar, spelling, punctuation etc)
- You will be notified of the outcome of your interview within seven to ten days via UCAS Track and letter.
Upon receipt of your acceptance of the place offered, if successful, you will receive a pre-course pack outlining activities which will need to be completed before the course starts, in order to begin your training immediately and prepare you for the start of the course in September.
Other requirements and recommendations from your interview may also be enclosed.
If unsuccessful you will receive a letter giving basic details of the reasons for this.
How school placements work
At Liverpool Hope we have strong and long standing partnerships with a wide range of schools across the North West. Our partnership includes over 300 schools encompassing faith based settings, community schools, academies and schools from the private sector. All our partner schools share our vision for creating the Hope Teacher and are skilled at providing you with the practical support to become an outstanding classroom practitioner.
High quality partnership schools are selected for students according to their training requirements. We match placements carefully ensuring students gain a range of experience in different schools and settings building on their prior knowledge and experience. All partner schools have experienced, trained mentors who will support this you to succeed.
Postgraduate students complete two assessed professional placements during their training. Placements increase in length as you progress through your training preparing you for the real world of teaching.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
An undergraduate Honours Degree 2:2 or above, incorporating at least 50% in Biology. If the degree has less than the required amount of Biology then a subject knowledge enhancement course prior to starting the PGCE may be required.
GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics, these can be pending but required before enrolment.
Mainstream secondary school experience in relevant subject within last 18 months is beneficial but not essential.
Offers will be subject to a) successful interview, b) Health Check Statement, c) Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally Criminal Records Bureau CRB).
Knowledge of the subject specific curriculum
The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of subject specific
The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
A desire to teach and inspire children
The ability to present information and communicate well verbally and in writing.
Strong organisational skills
A good reference
It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure these are passed before the start of the course, please go to the website for details.
A’ Level in relevant subject
Evidence of experiences of the world of work outside of education
Range of interests and skills
Other experiences of working with children, young people and/or adults
About the training provider
Liverpool Hope University has been providing first class training opportunities for aspirational teaching professionals for nearly 175 years. The PGCE course offered is an intensive and challenging yet rewarding programme aimed at high quality graduates who have a real passion for their subject and a desire to inspire the next generation.
If you train to teach with us, you will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled professionals, drawn from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, who bring with them a rich diversity of experience. The tutor teams are dedicated to providing individually tailored support as you work towards becoming an aspirational Hope Teaching Professional.
We have developed strong, long standing partnerships with a wide range of schools across the North West, enabling us to provide you with the best school based training. At Liverpool Hope, we are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and therefore provide the theoretical and practical support you will need to become an outstanding classroom practitioner. A programme of engaging and interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and conference days supports the school based experience, enabling you to become a critically reflective professional, confident in making well informed, independent judgements.
TEF Gold Award
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s higher education sector. Based on the evidence gathered, TEF awarded Liverpool Hope the gold award in recognition of the consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes delivered for its students.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We endeavour to ensure equality of educational opportunity across our diverse student community. The University will take reasonable steps to ensure that the general need for access and the specific requirements of individuals with additional support needs are addressed. The Learning Support Team works with disabled students in order to minimise any potential disadvantage they may face because of their disability. Find out more about disability support at Hope here (http://www.hope.ac.uk/lifeathope/studentsupport/disabilitysupport/)
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