About the course
This Secondary Science with Biology course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to the academic PGCE qualification, which is worth up to 60 credits at Masters Level.
By choosing to train with London Metropolitan University, you'll be joining a powerful partnership of diverse teachers and schools. Our emphasis is on urban, multicultural environments, which is ideal if you want to teach in a city setting. You'll undertake two school placements of 10 and 14 weeks, giving you hands-on practical experience.
You will gain the skills to become a competent teacher of science for students at KS3, Biology at KS4 and you may also have the opportunity to work with 16 to 18s.
In the university-based sessions at our Holloway base you’ll develop your teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques, as well as discovering the fundamentals of how children learn. These sessions include collaborative projects and school-based projects with other trainees, as well as learning the principles of teaching and pupil assessment.
- Curriculum Studies introduces you to the issues of teaching within urban, multicultural and multilingual schools. You'll address the challenges of language, diversity and equality across the curriculum and learn how to teach with these in mind. You’ll ensure that your subject knowledge is up-to-date and relevant and explore some of the latest research in education
- Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP) develops your understanding of the broader contexts of teaching, including the wide range of responsibilities now incumbent on teachers. You will make links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), giving you a framework for meeting the needs of all the students. You will also undertake a research project, enabling you to engage with a topic of your choice to a greater depth.
Throughout your school placements, our school-based mentors and university tutors will support you in in the classroom. The latter will also teach your university sessions, ensuring continuity of support throughout your training. By working in both environments, you have the chance to reflect on the links between your own teaching practice and theory.
With its high-quality teaching, this course is highly rated by Ofsted, who praised the 'inclusive, welcoming and open ethos and culture created by course leaders. Combined with the tailored and personalised support trainees receive, which enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment.' (Ofsted 2016)
Further information: https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgce-secondary-science-with-biology---pgce/
All applications to London Met teacher training programmes and those offered in conjunction by our School Direct partners are checked and assessed at our Admissions Office based at our Holloway Road site.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. All interviews are held at the Holloway site and are approximately two to three weeks apart. If you've applied to multiple routes of the same course offered by London Met (ie directly to London Met and also to one of our partner schools for the same subject) you only need to attend one interview.
Once you're interviewed we will normally confirm the decision through UCAS within one week. If you're offered a place we will additionally email you to confirm how to meet any conditions of your offer.
If you're unsuccessful at any stage the decision will be communicated through UCAS. We do try to indicate a reason in UCAS why we have not been able to offer a place.
If you have any queries relating to your application you should contact the Admissions Office at London Met, even if you applied to a named school for a course accredited by London Met.
How school placements work
Placements for all teacher training routes offered/accredited by London Met are arranged by the University. We have a very broad range of partner schools, located across the whole of London, though most are across North London.
Trainees undertake two placements, SEA and SEB, in two different schools, adding up to a legal minimum of 120 days in school. Once you've met the conditions of your offer we will send you a placement form so that we have sufficient information about where you're based, modes of transport you use and other information to arrange placements that are appropriate for you.
Your placements are not necessarily in the school that you've applied to but may be in partner schools attached to that school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
There may some extra costs for books and learning materials.
Graduates of London Met can save up to 20% on their postgraduate studies with us. This discount is available to home, EU and international graduates of London Met.
For further details see the (London Met website)https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/postgraduate-uk-students.
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.
Financial support from the training provider
You may be eligible for financial support while you study. See the DfE website for further details of bursaries and scholarships available for this course.
You can also explore funding options with the university: https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/
The minimum entry requirements are as follows:
*UK degree (normally grade 2.2 or equivalent),
*GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent),
*GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent),
*Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate
*LMU Health Check and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach
*Literacy and Numeracy tests. These are university-based tests, which you will be asked to undertake at interview.
If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.
We are looking for dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and caring trainees. As a teacher you will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about your work and your specialism. You will have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.
- are able to express why you want to teach.
- have visited a local school in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised.
- have participated on the School Experience Programme.
- can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement.
The interview process will include a series of tasks aimed at assessing your ability and appropriateness for the course. This will include a presentation to other applicants, an individual interview and a series of online and hand-written tasks.
Trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.
Please note, if you receive an offer, we will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. before you are able to enrol on the course. It is usually possible to order duplicates if these are lost.
About the training provider
London Met provides an excellent platform to develop your career as a teacher. We offer innovative, inspiring courses delivered by knowledgeable industry professionals, with employment and completion rates well above the national average. Many students are offered employment in their placement schools.
Our recent Ofsted report (2016) acknowledged the "inclusive, welcoming and open ethos", and said that the "culture created by leaders combined with the tailored and personalised, pastoral support that trainees receive enables them to successfully complete their training and confidently go on to gain employment."
We offer a range of PGCE subjects at Primary and Secondary levels. We have also teamed up with partner schools and teaching school alliances across London and beyond to offer PGCE School Direct places and the employment-based Teacher Apprenticeships.
Existing teachers with sufficient experience and support in their current school may consider the Assessment Only route to QTS.
Read further details on all these options on the https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/teacher-training-ite/(London Met website.)
University sessions are taught on our Holloway Road campus, which is easily accessible, with excellent public transport links.
“The strong moral imperative, instilled by leaders with passion in their work, permeates all aspects of the partnership. Leaders attract local trainees, who in turn work and learn within the locality, and act as strong role models for the children and young people they teach.”
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to be inclusive in our practice and welcome applications from everyone. We can offer support both at interview stage and once students have enrolled. London Met has a dedicated service to support students with disabilities, long-term medical or mental health conditions or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) such as dyslexia.
Follow the link to our https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/services-and-facilities/disability-support/(DDS Service) to find out more.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
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