About the course
This Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course will help you gain the skills to become a competent teacher of science for students up to 14 years old, biology for 15 to 16-year-olds and to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as the academic, PGCE qualification, which is worth up to 60 credits at Masters Level. You may also have the opportunity to work with the 16 to 18 age range.
In the sessions at London Met 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.
This PGCE course takes advantage of its London location to broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through your two placements at one of our partnership schools, you’ll help develop lesson plans and contribute to the development of pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge. London Met also provides you with the opportunity for post-16-year-old teaching experience where possible.
Our commitment to high standards that has lead to high quality reviews from Ofsted:
"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers are well prepared to meet the specific challenges of teaching pupils in the context of London schools."
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 handled at our Admissions Office based at our Holloway Road site. Once received, your application will be checked and assessed to confirm your suitability.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to choose a suitable interview date from our Eventbrite listings. All interviews are held at the Holloway site and are approximately two 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 2019/2020 are as follows:
The minimum entry requirements are as follows:
*UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent, in a relevant subject, or with a considerable proportion of the content in the subject
*GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent),
*GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent),
*Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach *LMU Health Check.
*QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. These are normally available to be taken once you are invited for interview.
If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements, 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.
All candidates are required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests.
Trainees are subject to enhanced DBS checks and are required to make a declaration about any criminal convictions.
Please note, we will need to see originals of documents, qualification certificates etc. 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 to offer PGCE School Direct places and the new employment-based Teacher Apprenticeships at Primary level, which will soon be rolled out at Secondary level. We also offer an employment-based route to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
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 website: https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/teacher-training-ite/
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.
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