About the course
Education is a complex and intellectually challenging process and a basic purpose of it is to prepare young people to embrace a rapidly changing society. Our very successful full time, one year programme will help you to apply your graduate knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of Science with Biology to children of all abilities.
You will develop your understanding of teaching Biology but also teaching the other two sciences, so that you are best prepared for becoming part of a secondary science dept. We have strong links with subject associations, helping you to successfully engage students in science in and out of the classroom.
We are committed to the pursuit of excellence and learning in secondary education. The teaching team believes fully in the role that practising teachers have in training the next generation of teachers. Indeed, the programme is planned and implemented in partnership with the full involvement of partners in secondary schools. We believe in building strong cross-curricular links in order to share ideas and perspectives but also to develop a strong support structure for you within faculty sessions and whilst out in your placement.
You will attend an interview day which will consist of a writing task, a short presentation (5 minutes) to the panel and fellow applicants and an interview conducted by small panel which will include members of the tutor team and may also include a representative from a partnership school.
The interview day is just as much for you to decide on the right course as it is for us to decide if you are right for the course. You will get an introduction to the course structure and support systems and there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
How school placements work
You will have two secondary placement schools with your PGCE. The first placement runs from the end of Sept to Christmas and the second longer placement is from January to the end of June. Students often comment that one of the key strengths of the course is that you start off with two days a week when starting your placements. This means that you can see the links between theory and practice and build your rapport with classes and your confidence in teaching.
Schools are selected for you from the placement offers from our partnership schools. We take into account where you live and whether you can drive when allocating. We have a clear placement policy that prioritises requirements, whether you have particular responsibilities, such as being a lone parent of young children.
You will be teaching 11-16 and will also receive A level enhancement experience across the 40-50 schools we partner with.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
The fee's displayed are those for 2020 entry.
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.
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Financial support from the training provider
This programme is eligible for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) tuition fee loans and maintenance grants. Please see this link for further details: Get in to Teaching
Bursaries available for English and Mathematics teachers subject to meeting edibility criteria here
Please note: The government bursary funding is subject to change and revision.
Student teachers receive a contribution towards travel costs to placements that are a greater travelling distance than their travel from their term time address to the university.
GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics.
If you do not have the required grade in either, we will consider a pass in the higher level equivalency tests offered by www.equivalencytesting.com
A 2:2 or above honours degree, or equivalent. Your degree should be closely related to your chosen subject specialism.
If your degree is not closely related to the course then you may still be eligible via a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. This will depend on factors such as whether you studied the subject at A level or if you have significant professional experience within the subject.
Suitability for the PGCE Secondary programme is judged on a range of factors including academic qualifications, ability to work with other people and a real interest in learning and teaching.
We would encourage you to apply because a range of life experiences may well make you an excellent candidate for this course.
There is also a requirement to pass minimum standards for literacy and numeracy.
All offers made for this course are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check.
You are required to complete Fitness to Teach health screening.
School experience is desirable, but not essential.
About the training provider
With a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research, the University of Plymouth is among the emerging global elite of modern higher education institutions.
Plymouth is distinguished by its approach to combining world-class research and teaching with a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion. We aim to ensure you have every opportunity to stretch yourself and explore within a supportive environment.
Our University campus is at the centre of a thriving, ocean front city in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.
Plymouth has everything you would expect from the largest city in the South West – major high street stores, theatres, multiplex cinema, art cinemas, and a wealth of small clubs and venues.
We also enjoy easy access to the fine beaches and beautiful countryside of the South West.
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Faculty of Education, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA
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