If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular life processes and living things and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our biology course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops.
Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.
PGCE: programme structure
Profile of a successful student
Iian completed his PGCE in secondary science last year at the University of Wolverhampton, so becoming the teacher he had always wanted to become. His A' level course in biology motivated him so much that he studied for a BSc in Microbiology and Genetics at Wolverhampton. Following this he started a PGCE with the University of Wolverhampton. The PGCE motivated him immediately, with time to discuss his needs and development while given the independence to feel like a proper teacher. He feels though that the most important thing the PGCE taught him was how to manage his time, an invaluable skill when teaching a full timetable.
Iian was offered a teaching post at his first attachment school, which he accepted. He felt that he wanted to start teaching where he could make a difference:
'It's great to see how you can brighten a child's day simply by giving them a merit mark!' There are some difficulties with the occasional pupil but says 'I enjoy every day, there is always one character in the room who makes me smile'.
The head of science at the schools feels it is good to have someone who is so enthusiastic 'he is a breath of fresh air!'
Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.
Professional skills required to achieve Outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.
Interview and Selection
Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
o give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
o explore your subject strengths and areas for development
o assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
o arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
o assess knowledge and understanding of National Curriculum for Physical Education in schools
o answer all of your question
Please view further information regarding interview preparation
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.
Please note that:
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of subject knowledge but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
You will need to complete once you have a Conditional Offer, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a medical declaration clearance and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
We wish you every success with your application.