London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Secondary Education (Science with Biology)

The initial 3 weeks are spent preparing attendees to 'hit the ground running' at their 1st school placement. Teaching during Curriculum Sessions models the teaching we would like to see in schools; microteaching is a key component here. Trainees have reported the value we place on their input to inform the planning of our curriculum sessions. ie we teach 'the stuff' that the trainees feel they need to know about during these sessions. At their core, each course aims to: ensure that trainees are a competent, dynamic and reflective teacher of science and of their specialist subject; enhance subject knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and processes relevant to current science teaching; provide practical experience of a range of teaching strategies and pedagogical techniques; provide the necessary skills to facilitate planning of learning opportunities to include individual lesson plans, medium term and long term sequences of learning and extra-curricular learning opportunities.

Entry requirements

Relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent. Other than pure biology, appropriate degrees might include: Geology; metallurgy; chemical engineering; forensic science. GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent), GCSE maths, grade C or above (or equivalent), QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy. A valid Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure certificate and confirmation of fitness to teach (London Metropolitan University health check). You will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

Attendees will be trained to teach school science up to age 14, as well as in a specialist science subject of biology up to at least age 16. Some training in post-16 teaching is also provided, where appropriate.

Assessment methods

Teaching ability is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status; Educational Research Assignment allows trainees to explore an educational issue; a Professional Practice Portfolio is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Holloway Islington N7 8DB South East

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