Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Science, Biology)

Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Science teacher.

Our full-time PGCE Secondary Science course spans from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools including primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.

You'll graduate with a PGCE with QTS and 60 Master's Level Credits - these can contribute to a full Master's qualification to further develop your professional and academic expertise.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

  • In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2:2 honours degree with at least 50% suitable science content for the route you’re applying to do, which you should state clearly on your application. You’ll be enthusiastic about Science and working with children.
  • You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English, Mathematics and a Science subject. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.
  • If you're unsure if you have the necessary subject knowledge then you may be recommended to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Non-academic requirements

  • All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

The PGCE Secondary programme consists of seamless training both at the University and in school. There are two assessed phases in school – one lasting seven weeks, and the other lasting 14 weeks.

Prior to these are University sessions involving subject pedagogies and knowledge which link to schools through direct classroom sessions.

The Professional Studies programme dovetails both school and University training.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.

The PGCE Secondary programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at Level 7 (Postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master's level credits to put towards further part-time study at the University.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE (professional) Full-time September 2018 £ 13,300 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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Key information

Contact: 
Student Services
Telephone number: 
01225 875875