Science is an exciting subject teach, and a great teacher can play a pivotal role in a child’s life. You’ll spend your days stimulating young minds and watching your pupils grow in confidence, so they can achieve their full potential. Teaching is a challenging career, but also one that’s incredibly rewarding.
Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least120 days (minimum of 24 weeks) on school placement,and 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.
Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice. And it will help you understand how pupils best learn science, so that you can support and guide them – and optimise your teaching. It will also allow you to develop your own strategies to make teaching science and chemistry an engaging and positive experience.
Degree Subject Biology or a closely related subject.
Degree Classification 2:2 or above preferred.
Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. A first degree or a higher degree in biology or a closely related subject is recommended, however other subjects may be appropriate. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.
Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C or its equivalent* in English Language and in Mathematics.
*Please note: It is up to the discretion of the individual Initial Teacher Training provider as to whether an appropriate level has been satisfactorily achieved. We therefore strongly urge candidates with equivalent qualifications to check with us that these are acceptable before making their application.
STUDENTS FOR WHOM ENGLISH IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
The PGCE Science programme is in two parts, core science and an additional course in a science specialism. You’ll graduate ready to teach all three sciences up to at least the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 9) and a specialist subject to post-16 level. If you’re studying to teach physics with mathematics, you’ll become accomplished in physics and also gain some knowledge and experience of teaching mathematics.
To thrive on this course, you will be a science graduate who is committed to a career in teaching. Like us, you will be brimming with enthusiasm about science education. You will already feel capable of becoming a subject leader in either biology, chemistry or physics teaching. You should have a good background at degree level in one of these subjects or in a closely related area.
You’ll be expected to do some teaching outside your main science specialism so a wider science background is an advantage. However, we consider each application on its own merits and interview a high proportion of applicants.
You should be aware of the current context of secondary science schooling. We would expect you to have spent some time observing in a secondary school science department.
If you choose biology as your specialist subject, you will get to explore some exciting and innovative practical activities for use in the classroom. These include molecular biology techniques, DNA fingerprinting and plant science. You will be given time to focus on teaching post-16 biology and the biological elements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 4. You’ll take a hands-on approach with a strong emphasis on student-centred activities. You will learn how to organise field work, and take a field course on the North Norfolk coast.
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