Liverpool John Moores University
This programme allows you to prepare for a career as a Biology teacher, working with local schools and following a programme incorporating the latest curriculum requirements for Biology to A level and Science to Key Stage 3. You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends. Tutorial support is an important part of the learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your personal tutor will support your academic and professional development.
Applicants require: Minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50 per cent content in your chosen subject area; a minimum grade C GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language (please note: original evidence of GCSEs and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview); 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure check, the cost of which will be met by LJMU; you will also need to complete a medical health questionnaire.
Modules include: Professional practice; developing reflective professional practice; subject pedagogy in biology; pedagogy in practice; learning teaching and assessment; inclusion.
Course assessment methods include: Critical reflections on practice, a literature review, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences and a portfolio of professional activities. You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these. A final assessment of your achievement of the standards required will be based on observation of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
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