Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Biology

This course aims to develop inspirational teachers of Science who can enthuse learners in Biology by setting the subject content in real world contexts and emphasising the relevance of the subject to learners' everyday lives. You will prepare to teach Key Stage 3 Science and Key Stage 4 Biology as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum, with complementary sessions aimed at consolidating your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Physics and Chemistry.

During your training you will focus on a variety of approaches and pedagogies used in Science education, emphasising the application of theory to practice. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share your understanding of learning with your peers. You will also identify teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will then explore the signature pedagogies of Science such as practical and investigative work, modelling, and problem solving. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Science in the curriculum and identify your own personal philosophy of Science.  

Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world, and should excite in learners a curiosity about natural phenomena. The ability to apply logical thinking and use rational explanation are key transferable skills that learners develop through their Science lessons. The subject pedagogy sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn Science and develop key skills and ways of thinking about the world through the application of signature pedagogies of Science.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary Science students and are "hands on" with a strong emphasis on practical and investigative Science teaching. We focus on the "Big Ideas of Science Education" as identified by the Association for Science Education, which identifies 10 principles that should underpin the Science education of all students. As well as broadening your own Science knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your Science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to Secondary Science students.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific  requirements
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4  or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching 

Additional information:

A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview

  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum  6.5 in each component)
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

  • a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
  • one day per week until January
  • six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
  • a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, 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 Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 12 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus
Contact: 
Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0151 231 5090