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PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Biology)

University of East Anglia UEA

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    University of East Anglia UEA

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our one-year, full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary English programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach English to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – plus the option of additional experience of A-Level English teaching. Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

Focusing on biology-specific knowledge throughout the course, you’ll be taught in a variety of workshops in our purpose-built laboratories, which have been designed to mimic the workings of a secondary school science lab. You’ll also be taught essentials such as how to ensure pupil safety in the lab, classroom management, working with lab technicians and support staff, and how to use your own practical work and demonstrations to inspire your classes.

Biology-specific workshops will focus on subject knowledge and methods of teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, giving you the skills you’ll need to encourage your pupils to want to learn, and to help build their confidence.

Practical sessions will include molecular biology techniques, engaging activities in plant science, and aquatic invertebrate identification for pond dipping activities. There is also a fieldtrip to study saltmarsh and sand dune ecology on the North Norfolk coast. We’ll visit seal and seabird colonies and you’ll learn how to organise and deliver fieldwork activities.

In more general science teaching sessions, you’ll spend time focusing on pupil assessment and progression, then put this into practice by planning and identifying strategies to encourage positive pupil participation and achievement

Secondary schools are demanding but tremendously rewarding environments to work in. You’ll be teaching pupils as they mature from early adolescence to adulthood. And our programme will teach you how to make an effective contribution to the work of the school beyond your subject.

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Science is an exciting subject to 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 120 days (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. In addition, it 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 biology an engaging and positive experience.

Application deadline

01-06-2021

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 21,300per year

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

University information

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University of East Anglia UEA

  • University League Table

    25th

  • Campus address

    University of East Anglia UEA, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, England

UEA is a highly-respected university. Its beautiful campus is surrounded by English countryside and provides a safe and friendly place to live and study.
Join a welcoming and diverse community of international students. Students get all the support they need, before and after they apply.
Located in beautiful parkland, UEA is also just a short bus ride away from the centre of Norwich, a buzzing yet historic city.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    39th out of 103 8

    23rd out of 81 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    130 57%

    47th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    45th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    52nd

    17
  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 62%

    34th

    15
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    77 77%

    34th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    54th

    27

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