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PGCE Secondary Science with Biology (Train to Teach North London) - PGCE

London Metropolitan University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Holloway

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why study this course?

Learn how to teach science and biology to 11 to 16-year-olds on this PGCE School Direct course, which will see you undertake academic sessions at London Met and gain hands-on practical experience in our placement schools. You’ll learn the principles of teaching biology and how to develop pupils’ interest, skills and knowledge of this scientific field. Trainees on our Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited PGCE Secondary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.

More about this course

Study and complete this Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)-accredited PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course to become a competent science teacher for students up to 14 years old and biology teacher for 15 to 16-year-olds as well as a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You may also have the opportunity to teach 16 to 18-year-olds.

During your sessions at London Met you’ll develop your teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques, as well as discovering the fundamentals of how children learn. These sessions include collaborative projects and school-based projects with other trainees, as well as learning the principles of teaching and pupil assessment.

This PGCE course takes advantage of its London location to broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural and diverse urban environments. Through your two placements you’ll help develop lesson plans and contribute to the development of pupils’ scientific skills and knowledge. London Met also provides you with the opportunity for post-16 year old teaching experience where possible.

Assessment

Your assessment will consist of four elements:

School placement A
School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
a Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

After the course

This intensive PGCE School Direct course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach biology to 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure secondary teacher roles at schools including Ark Academy, Harris Girls Academy and more.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London Metropolitan University

  • University League Table

    118th

  • Campus address

    London Metropolitan University, Admissions Office, 166-220 Holloway Road, City of London, N7 8DB, England

Both campuses are in the heart of London, arguably the best city in the world for university students.
London Met is home to a hugely diverse community, with students from more than 140 different nationalities.
The dedicated international team organises induction events and can advise on immigration issues including visas, family and dependants, and work opportunities.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    76th out of 103 4

    58th out of 81 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    108 47%

    83rd

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    45th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    83rd

    7
  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    97 49%

    79th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%

    52nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%

    12th

    25

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