About the course
This course will train you to become a biology teacher across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies at GCSE and A level. Completion of this ten-month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS), as well as up to 60 master's-level credits towards further study.
The course combines master's level academic study of science education with a range of school experiences. Approximately two-thirds of your time will be spent in our partnership schools and colleges developing your practical teaching skills with the support of trained science mentors and experienced teachers. When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced science teacher mentor, improving your skills in planning, teaching and assessment.
Throughout the course you will learn how to:
develop the confidence and competence of all pupils in thinking scientifically
teach and assess pupils' understanding of the different branches of science
help pupils to develop as independent and collaborative learners
use practical exercises, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and `the real world' in the teaching of science.
How school placements work
The course is a partnership between the University and schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.
As a trainee teacher you'll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study.
We maintain close contact with our partnership establishments at every stage of the programme. These include:
11-18 and 11-16 comprehensive and independent schools
further education colleges
specialist schools (e.g technology colleges, arts colleges).
As a trainee teacher you'll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.
Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets. During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas:
differentiation and assessment
wider professional responsibilities.
The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction with your University tutor. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a biological science with at least half of the content strongly related to biology (if you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications)
- Grade B in biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other science or maths A-level.
- Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
About the training provider
The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.
Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.
By choosing a PGCE with us, you'll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:
- Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
- Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Disabled students make up over 15% of University of Manchester students, and we’re proud to offer an accessible and inclusive service.
The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.
For more information please follow this link: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/
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