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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Physics with Science (PGCE)

In the modern world, some knowledge of science is essential for everyone. Everything we know about the universe, from how trees reproduce to the structure of the atom is the result of scientific research and experiment.

As a compulsory core subject in secondary education, as well as a required and significantly weighted subject for major entrance examinations, schools are inclined to assign considerable teaching hours to science teaching.

Delivered in specialist laboratories at the National Botanic Gardens Wales, our secondary Science programme supports you in using your passion and expertise for the subject to inspire young people and complement their natural curiosity.

You may be the teacher that sparks the idea in a pupil’s mind which goes on to solving some of the world’s problems, and answers questions such as ‘where did the dinosaurs go?’

You will be prepared to teach the new Area of Learning and Experience: Science and Technology through to the GCSE and A level exam groups

Together with university teacher educators and expert mentors, we will support you in becoming a Science teacher who is able to:
• reflect on practice gained through teaching experience in school;
• who can analyse that experience in the light of discussion with mentors and others,
• use research to inform and evaluate practice
• and raise standards of teaching and learning.

Science teachers are highly sought after by schools and colleges and demand is much greater than supply, therefore employability and promotional prospects are excellent. The Welsh Government is currently offering tax free bursaries of up to £20 000 to study for a PGCE in Science.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree
Applicants are required to hold a good honours degree (2:2 minimum) in an area related to chosen secondary subject.

GCSE qualifications
Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics .

Student teachers studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Welsh (first language).

Equivalence workshops and tests are available for those with Grade C GSCE in English Language, Mathematics and Welsh.

A-Levels/Level 3 Vocational Qualifications
If applicants do not hold an undergraduate degree in a curriculum subject, successful study at appropriate higher levels must be evidenced.

Work Experience
You should be aware of the realities of being a teacher and life in a classroom and so we ask for recent and relevant experience in a secondary educational setting. This may be through employment or volunteering in a school and should be for a minimum period of two weeks.

Gaining experience in a school classroom will help to strengthen your application and better critically inform your personal statement. It will also prepare you for our selection process and give you some experience from which you can draw in your interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If accepted onto our programme, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible. There is a fee associated with the service and you should ensure that you opt for the 'update' service

Course modules

The content of the programme has been grouped under four module headings:
• The Learner – who am I teaching?
• Learners, schools and communities – where am I teaching?
• Researching the learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on research)
• Leading the Learning – what, why and how am I teaching? (focus on subject discipline in practice)

Organising the modules in this way means that you will be able to focus on the pupil and take full account of the wider context that impact on education.

You will also be able to ensure that your classroom-based practice draws on a sound research base.

This means that our programme will challenge you both practically and intellectually at the same time.

Assessment methods

The programme offers 60 credits at Masters level and 60 credits at Graduate Level. These are awarded on successful completion of module assessments which include:
• Case studies
• Portfolios
• Video presentation
• Research Project
All assessments are closely linked to practice and are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop teaching and learning that has a positive impact on children and young people.

Award of QTS
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded to those student teachers who have fully met the professional teacher standards for QTS.

This aspect of the programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and a professional dialogue with a specialist mentor and tutor.

The Education Workforce Council (the statutory body for teachers in Wales) has a very useful website

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE September 2019 £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU) Years
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 11,000 per Academic year (International) Years

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