Liverpool John Moores University
Train to become an outstanding teacher of secondary Biology with Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
If you are looking to develop into an inspirational teacher of Biology and have the motivation and the will to succeed, this is the course for you. This PGDE prepares you to teach Secondary Biology as a component of the Secondary Science Curriculum.
In addition to sessions to develop your expertise in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Biology, you will attend complementary sessions to consolidate your knowledge of Key Stage 3 Chemistry and Physics.
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. As well as broadening your own science knowledge, the sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you make your science knowledge as accessible and interesting as possible to Secondary science students.
The programmes are designed to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners and are able to apply a deep understanding of the curriculum, learners and learning to impact on the development and achievement of young people.
To join this PGDE, you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Biology-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at 2:2 or above. Additional requirements for the programme include:
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
- A demonstrable 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. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
Applicants will need to pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to entry to this programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.
The University element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:
- Professional Practice ( a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
- Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
- Subject Pedagogy in Biology (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
- Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
- Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners)
- Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)
Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations 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 Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.
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