Taught course

School Direct Secondary Science with Biology

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

Entry requirements For PGCE or PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows: Relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent. Other than ‘pure Biology’, appropriate degrees might include ecology, biomedical sciences, physiology and forensic science. GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent). GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent). QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (London Met Health Check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. Further details on these requirements are below: All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of ten working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multicultural and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements please contact our Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our PGCE course leads to Qualified Teacher Status and it not only teaches you 'what teaching is' but it also demonstrates and facilitates a way for you to become a great teacher" (PGCE Trainee January 2014).

We embrace the reflective-practitioner tag line, a method that trainees truly value and an approach engineered towards ensuring you will excel within any school environment.

The School Direct model we are adopting is one which aligns the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we will only be able to offer places in Primary / Early Years, and in Secondary in Citizenship, English, Maths, MFL, PE and Science (with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics). Student teachers will attend the training workshops at the university with regular PGCE students. The placements will be planned to take place within the school / consortium of schools with the School Direct allocation. Within the overall requirement of 120 days in school, this time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

The consortium is part of the much larger family of nearly 100 School Direct at London Met schools. It represents a large body of schools that have joined together with London Metropolitan University to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University, and the school experience divided between two partner schools. A small number of primary schools have requested School Direct salaried trainees; they will host the trainee for the majority of the course, and release them to the university, for tuition.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics courses are all full-time, one-year courses. At their core, each course aims to:

  • ensure that you are a competent, dynamic and reflective teacher of science and of your specialist subject
  • enhance your subject knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and processes relevant to current science teaching
  • provide practical experience of a range of teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques
  • provide the necessary skills to facilitate planning of learning opportunities to include individual lesson plans, medium term and long term sequences of learning and extra-curricular learning opportunities

Applying to either London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process the course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status. Please see the ‘How to Apply’ section for the UCAS provider details of our partner schools.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
020 7133 4202