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Secondary Education Science with Biology, PGCE

Become a biology teacher and inspire pupils to embrace the natural sciences. Begin your training with a secondary education PGCE in science.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)  prepares you to become a secondary school teacher of science, specialising in biology. You will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged 11-16 and beyond, working with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. We also partner with the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons, who will support your training in the area of fieldwork, conservation and ecology.

During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4. You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. By the end of the course, you will be formally assessed against the Teachers’ Standards to gain Qualified Teacher Status in addition to the PGCE qualification

Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

* 2022 starters pay the 2021/22 fees.

2021/22 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in secondary education as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.
  • Your practical experience is gained in two schools, where you will develop your science and physics teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Secondary Education Science with Biology. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. 100 per cent of our teaching team hold a teaching qualification.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

Candidates must also:

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Teaching

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two school placements. Here, you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and biology teaching with the support of a specialist teacher. In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 30-40. Lectures are normally attended by 100-110, and seminars/tutorials by 30-40.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and lesson planning. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education societies.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.

Assessment

Progress is assessed through written assignments and observation of classroom teaching.

To qualify as a teacher, you need to meet the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status, as set out by the Department for Education.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, travel and photocopying as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes practical teaching experience in two contrasting main schools.

How long is my placement?

Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.

What are the financial arrangements?

A bursary may be available.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings such as teaching science and/or biology in a secondary school; Head of Science; teaching and learning responsibilities for cross-curricular projects; and STEM involvement and collaboration.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

We are offering pre-programme Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses to prepare you to teach in your specialist subject area and enhance your subject knowledge.

SKE courses can range from 8-24 weeks, requiring 25 hours per week for the duration of the course. You may also be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary for support.

We work with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. We also partner with the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons, who will support your training in the area of fieldwork, conservation and ecology. You also receive free resources and ideas on how to plan engaging lessons in plant biology from Science and Plants for Schools.

Accommodation information

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If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.