Taught course

PGCE Secondary Science with Biology

Institution
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Professions
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is strongly supported by postgraduate study at master's level and relevant work experience.

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the bursary tables publicly available from the NCTL.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Further details

Before you can be permitted to enrol to this course:

  • you must take and pass the professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
  • you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country

Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends:

  • you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school
  • prepare for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other arising issues when teaching in urban schools
  • you ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience, as you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application
  • some offers may stipulate further school experience if required

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Learn how to teach science and biology to 11 to16 -year-olds with these National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accredited academic sessions at London Met and hands-on practical experience at our partnership schools. You’ll explore the principles of teaching biology the most up-to-date methods of how to develop pupils’ love of this scientific field. Trainees on our PGCE Secondary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with their placement schools.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course will help you gain the skills to become a competent teacher of science for students up to 14 years old, biology for 15 to 16-year-olds and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You may also have the opportunity to work with the 16 to 18 age range.

In the 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 at one of our partnership schools, 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.

Our commitment to high standards that has lead to high quality reviews from Ofsted:

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers are well prepared to meet the specific challenges of teaching pupils in the context of London schools."
Ofsted 2015.

Assessment

There are four formal elements:

  • school placement A
  • school placement B, where your teaching ability is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status
  • the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue
  • the 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

There are no examinations.

We place great emphasis on feedback from your peers and colleagues on the placement. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online in order to further develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher.

Information for international students

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Fees and funding

UK students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information
International students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200