University of Reading

University of Reading

Secondary Education (Science with Biology)

  • Consistently achieved good grades in Ofsted inspection
  • Taught by a team of staff with national and international reputations as being experts in the field of Science Education
  • Taught through a series of practical seminars and workshops and are taught in purpose-built science laboratories
  • Have activities which are designed to help you to plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils

This subject is available via School Direct and University-based routes. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or for QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions.

Those taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 Masters-level credits.

Entry requirements

  • possess a 2:1 degree or better in a cognate subject (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering)
  • have a solid school background in two sciences at A level
  • have visited and observed science lessons and teachers in a state secondary school

Plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent, pass the QTS skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Course modules

You will be taught by a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics, and benefit from the breadth of their expertise and understanding of educating and influencing policy. Some of your tutors have national or international reputations as experts in their fields and their research directly informs the work on the course.

University-based teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where Interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

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0118 378 5254