Secondary Science with Biology PGCE with QTS 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:09:00 GMT
About the course
If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a secondary school biology teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Science with Biology) could be for you.You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.
A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools.You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
Biology is an exciting subject to teach and there are opportunities for well qualified biology teachers. It is a National Curriculum core subject and is taught throughout schools. The course will enable you to explore what it means to teach biology and develop ways in which you teach it. You will examine the best practice of biology teaching and use a range of teaching strategies to challenge and inform your students.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range.
Here's what Shondelle has to say about studying a PGCE at the University of Huddersfield.
UCAS Teacher Training code:
11 / 09 / 2017
1 year full-time
• An Honours degree in science (2:2 or above). If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
• Two science A levels at a minimum of grade C or equivalent, with one subject being Biology.
• A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language
• We would like you to have as much experience as possible in a secondary school in preparation for the course. We will ask you to provide a school experience report completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience.
• Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
• You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.
• You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
• You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
All conditions must be met by 31 August 2017.
The course is a one year postgraduate certificate in secondary education. The programme is divided into two main themes:
Initial Professional Development
You'll have the opportunity to explore creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand. We help prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop your own thinking, teaching and subject knowledge base to a level which you can trial in your placements. Themes include educational psychology, how young people learn, behaviour management, assessment, inclusion, creative and innovative teaching methods and designing learning. You research theories of child development, gain a greater understanding of current professional issues in secondary schools and develop your own educational philosophy.
Biology Specialist Subject Pedagogy
Subject sessions provide you with an understanding of subject pedagogy in biology and generic science sessions offer you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues such as 'practical aspects of science', assessment of science and literacy in science as well as the more practical considerations whilst teaching this subject. We help you to prepare for teaching all the sciences at Key Stage 3. We have a fully equipped science laboratory at the University to help develop your practice.
This module provides a structured opportunity for you to develop the ability to plan sequences of lessons which support pupils’ learning and progress in the context of a curriculum subject. It seeks to introduce you to the principles of curriculum design, medium and short term planning and how to monitor and evaluate the impact on pupils’ learning. You'll choose a focus for your assignment which develops an understanding of subject pedagogy in relation to a particular curriculum topic; the use of equipment or technology to enhance teaching and learning; or the use of a particular teaching and learning strategy related to current educational research. Assessment is typically via the development of a theoretically underpinned unit of work, lesson plans and resources for a sequence of lessons and critically evaluating the impact of the chosen strategies on pupils’ learning.
Developing Critical Professional Practice in Secondary Education
This module seeks to develop your professional practice as a teacher and you'll undertake two sustained teaching placements in two schools. You'll learn a range of teaching and learning strategies informed by current research and gradually develop your independent practice through reflection, target setting and continual evaluation and refinement. You'll evaluate the impact of your teaching on pupils’ progress and engagement and demonstrate your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. Assessment is typically through the presentation of a portfolio of evidence against the standards and a synoptic critical evaluation demonstrating the impact of your teaching on the learners’ progress over time.
Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
This module seeks to introduce you to the barriers to inclusion and equality of opportunity that children and families may encounter and to the inclusive teaching and learning strategies informed by current research which are designed to overcome these. Working with your University tutor and subject/professional mentors during your school experience, you'll identify an appropriate case study for your assessment task which helps you to focus on one pertinent aspect of inclusion and demonstrate your impact on the learning and progress of a pupil or group of pupils through your developing inclusive practice.
Specialist Subject Development
This module seeks to examine the pedagogy and practice involved within the teaching of a specialist subject at two or more key stages within the 11-19 age range. The module addresses pedagogy and practice of teaching and learning informed by current research in your subject area and provides you with the opportunity to synthesise theory and practice during your teaching placement. You'll analyse policy and practice related to your subject within the secondary curriculum and be encouraged to further develop your subject knowledge, skills and understanding. Assessment is typically via the submission of a portfolio which may include a subject audit and development, a critical account of the places of your specialist subject in the curriculum and evidence demonstrating successful teaching in the specialist subject.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
A key element of your studies and learning takes place whilst you're on placement. You'll undertake a number of compulsory placements as part of your programme, in fact you'll spend around 120 days in at least two partner schools.
You'll experience the wider role of a teacher in secondary education. You'll have the support of both subject and professional mentors in schools who will help you to develop your practice through observations, planning meetings, weekly tutorials, reports and in-depth lesson evaluations.Your university tutor will visit you in school to guide, support and evaluate your progress. Our partnership schools are situated across the local area including Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, and we'll endeavour to place you in a convenient location.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching post (NQT year) within a secondary school setting.
98% of our PGCE with QTS graduates went on to work and/or further study and 96% started graduate level employment within six months of graduating*.
- Source DLHE survey
Professional links and accreditations
Upon successful completion of the programme we recommend Qualified Teaching Status be awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership .
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn in small, friendly and supportive groups, designed to give you the confidence to succeed.
Course tutors are very experienced and supportive and you'll have a personal tutor to support you through your studies. Teaching is through workshops, tutorials and lectures, some with guest speakers, and through group work with other teacher trainees from a variety of subject specialisms as well as specialist subject groups.
Three of the PGCE modules are at Masters level and afterwards you will have the opportunity to continue your studies further to complete a Masters in Education, supporting your NQT year and your early professional development.
Assessment is typically through the completion of a range of classroom activities, written assignments, reports, personal subject audits and the development of portfolios of evidence.There are no formal examinations and the assignments are carefully designed to help you to develop your teaching practice further.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
- permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Who will teach me?
Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:
How much will it cost me?
Tuition fee and financial support
In 2017/18, the PGCE and PgDipE tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
You can find more information about available training bursaries on the Department for Education's website.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Please also note:
• Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.
• A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.
Study Fairs For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at one of our Postgraduate Study Fairs
During the PGCE programme you will complete 90 credits at Masters level and there are opportunities to continue your Masters level study onto our MA Education programme. As part of the MA Education programme you'll study our Early Professional Development for Newly Qualified Teachers module which is designed to support your developing practice in your first year of teaching.
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you're interested in what you've seen and want to apply to join us.
Application are made via UCAS Teacher Training
International applicants should also follow this process.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.