On application •A minimum 2:2 Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in your chosen subject area •A minimum grade C GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language. See the School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning website for details of equivalence tests Please note: original evidence of GCSEs and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. Prior to starting the course •Passes in Numeracy and Literacy tests •A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants •An Enhanced DBS Disclosure check, the cost of which will be met by LJMU •You will also need to complete a medical health questionnaire
Months of entry
Course at a glance
- Train to teach Science/Biology at secondary level
- Course studied over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement
- Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters Level credits and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- Benefit from a subject specific bursary of up to £15,000
- Find out why some 92% of our students rate our teacher training as good or very good
- Enjoy excellent career opportunities
This course aims to produce enthusiastic Biology teachers able to:
- inspire interest and enthusiasm in the school science curriculum
- help pupils understand the important part that science plays in everyday life
The course encourages the use of fieldwork, visits to industry and science museums to bring science to life for pupils.
You will be introduced to the aims, objectives and methods of teaching science, set in the context of the National Curriculum for Science and the National Science Strategy. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in practical work through ‘hands on’ activities.
Other aspects of the course include:
- the production and evaluation of teaching materials
- how to use demonstrations
- the place of laboratory safety
Lesson planning and evaluation are covered with the emphasis focusing on the management of practical laboratory work. You will also participate in sessions to teach your non-specialist subjects, as most schools will need you to be able to teach all sciences up to a given level.
Geared to meeting Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status requirements, the training will support the development of your:
- critical understanding of education theory and practice
- reflective practice linked to professional development
- practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
- understanding and application of subject knowledge
Your professional development will be monitored and supported throughout the course. You will leave with an e-portfolio and a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) plus well developed reviewing and action planning skills that will stand you in good stead for your professional career.
You will spend 120 days training in school. Teaching will be predominantly Key Stage 3 and 4 level, although there may also be the opportunity to experience Post-16 level.
Experienced teacher mentors, working with LJMU tutors, will support your training in our partner schools. Indeed, the excellent relationships between LJMU and these schools will ensure you enjoy a successful placement.
Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you are well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.
Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and fulfil your potential.
You will be expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences to challenge and extend your range of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include:
- supporting learners in community-based education projects and supplementary schools
- vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations
- participation in school and university teaching projects
Information for international students
LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
To encourage strong graduates to train as Science, Technology and Mathematics teachers, financial incentives of up to £25,000 are available. You do not need to apply for a Bursary, you will begin receiving payments at the beginning of your course. Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from a professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.
Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:
- a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
- a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
- a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
- a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back
- You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000 for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay for this
- Your tuition fees loan is not means-tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU
- Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours)
- You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090