About the course
The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a biology subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement range. In addition you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology at Key Stage 4
Your suitability for the biology pathway will be explored at interview and you bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place.
Science with Biology
You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of biology in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Biology.
You will explore the science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 through practical work in chemistry, physics and biology that leads to the development of subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. These sessions will take place in newly built laboratories equipped to model modern school science facilities. Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors.
In addition to elements of taught sessions at Newman, directed activities and independent laboratory study time will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your subject knowledge and pedagogy in your specialist subject of Biology and prepare you to begin to take on a leadership role in your specialism within a science department. These activities will be linked to your audit of subject knowledge and enable you to meet your individual training needs.
Your interview will for you to demonstrate a number of qualities expected of an ITE student, including:
- Your passion to become an outstanding teacher;
- An awareness of developments in education and in the National Curriculum, and within your individual subject area;
- An ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups;
- A commitment to ensuring that children achieve their full potential, and an ability to build supportive, trusting, respectful relationships with them and evidence of how you have;
- Evidence of recent and relevant work or voluntary experience in British schools, which allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the role of the teacher both inside and outside the classroom.
Newman University uses a number of methods to assess these qualities in students being interviewed. The interview day is made up of 2 main components:
Working with a small group of other candidates
The interviewers will be looking for you to include:
- a brief introduction;
- a main body, making good use of the time available and engaging the audience;
- and a definitive ending summarising the learning
This group task is designed to show the interviewers that you can work collaboratively with other professionals.
The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, and will want to find out about you as a person – your interests, enthusiasms, personality, experiences and skills. You will be asked a series of questions related to you and your school experience.
How school placements work
You will spend the majority of your time on the course in schools, developing your teaching skills. You will complete two main teaching placements at different secondary schools; one of 8 weeks and a second longer placement of 12 weeks. During both placements you are likely to have the opportunity teach science across Key Stages 3 and 4 and teach your specialism (biology) at Key Stage 4. During your placements your professional development will be supported by both the school and Newman tutors. Newman has an excellent reputation with local schools for providing a strong partnership with schools that support students during their placements. You will also work in a primary school for a short placement, looking at science teaching methods across earlier key stages. The course offers further flexible opportunities for individual ‘focus’ weeks towards the end of training, where specialised areas can be further developed, including AS/A2 examinations and Education and Professional Studies links with science and your specialism.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
An Honours degree of which science forms a part, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.
School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.
Passing the National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy, together with obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.
About the training provider
The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.
These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.
The Primary PGCE is available in two options: Early Years/KS! Or KS1/KS2. We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015
Training with disabilities and other needs
Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:
• Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
• Hearing or Visual loss
• Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
• Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
• Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
• Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.
We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:
• Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
• Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
• Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
• Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties
We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.
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