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PGCE Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology)

PGCE

Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

Award
PGCE Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology)
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: Physics (F3X2), Chemistry (F2X1), Biology (CX11)
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a secondary Science teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding-rated PGCE programme.

  • Enhance your schools-based classroom experience with critical, reflective, research-informed University teaching.
  • Chemistry and Physics trainees with a 2:1 degree can apply for a scholarship of £28,000.*
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's are eligible for a £26,000 bursary.*

Thank you for changing lives

We're giving trainee teachers who start at Bath Spa University this September a £500 Thank You Scholarship for choosing to become a teacher.

Outstanding teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Embedded within our partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Secondary Science teacher.

Our full-time PGCE Secondary Science course spans from the beginning of September to the beginning of July. You'll gain experience in a wide variety of schools including primary and special schools. The programme is structured to ensure that you acquire expertise in core teaching skills and attributes, but also contains enough flexibility to allow you to individualise your training during professional development weeks.

You'll graduate with a PGCE with QTS and 60 Master's Level Credits - these can contribute to a full Master's qualification to further develop your professional and academic expertise.

*Visit Get Into Teaching for more details.

“I really enjoyed the school placements, of which there were two. The length of the placements allowed me to become a true member of the department/school I was working in.”

Lyndsey McRae, PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

At the heart of the PGCE Secondary programme is the notion of the teacher as a reflective practitioner. The course nurtures and develops a reflective approach to teaching and learning, and encourages BSTs (Bath Spa Teachers) to take a critical stance in their work. The Professional Studies programme is at the core of the PGCE Secondary programme, which integrates both University and partnership training.

You'll be organised in mixed subject groups, positioning you as a BST in the broader context of professional practice. The key generic and pedagogical issues addressed take you beyond the confines of the traditional subject curriculum.

The PGCE year starts with an initial preparatory period which tackles the notion of the role of the teaching professional, with an emphasis on the Science practitioner. Through Professional Studies, and subject and pedagogical teaching modules, you'll begin to develop an understanding of the breadth of the role of the teacher as well as becoming familiar with the subject knowledge, skills, and pedagogies associated with your own particular subject.

Throughout the PGCE year, you'll track your experiences. Towards the end of the programme, you'll have the opportunity to undertake your own personalised professional development, through the opportunity to experience situations you have not yet come across. These may include schools in challenging circumstances, or working with pupils with English as an additional language - depending on the setting you have worked most closely with thus far. Furthermore, these weeks offer you the opportunity to enrich your profile, for example by teaching a subsidiary subject or specialising in working with pupils with special educational needs.

There are three routes through the course:

  • Physics (UCAS CODE: F3X2)
  • Chemistry (UCAS CODE: F2X1)
  • Biology (UCAS CODE: CX11)

Course components

The PGCE Secondary programme consists of seamless training both at the University and in school. There are two assessed phases in school – one lasting seven weeks, and the other lasting 14 weeks.

Prior to these are University sessions involving subject pedagogies and knowledge which link to schools through direct classroom sessions.

The Professional Studies programme dovetails both school and University training.

How will I be assessed?

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.

The PGCE Secondary programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at Level 7 (Postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master's level credits to put towards further part-time study at the University.

How will I be taught?

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. There are five progress review points throughout the PGCE year, which take the form of individual tutorials with your Academic Tutor to monitor your progress and set individual targets for the next phase of training.

The PGCE Secondary programme is a continuous and open assessment of your progress across all aspects of the training: Subject Studies, Professional Studies and school-assessed phases. Three assignments are offered at Level 7 (Postgraduate award) through which you can gain 60 Master's level credits to put towards further part-time study at the University.

Opportunities

Careers

This Secondary PGCE programme produces outstanding teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to face the challenges of the twenty-first century teacher.

On successful completion of the programme, you'll be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 7), with a recommendation to the National College of Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education-based employment.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher, you'll learn in a variety of locations within our wide partnership, both at the University and in schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials, and electronic resources.

Resources

You'll have access to a range of facilities, including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £9,250
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a minimum 2:2 honours degree with at least 50% suitable science content for the route you’re applying to do, which you should state clearly on your application. You’ll be enthusiastic about Science and working with children.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English, Mathematics and a Science subject. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

If you're unsure if you have the necessary subject knowledge then you may be recommended to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Non-academic requirements

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

Experience observing and/or working in schools is recommended and will enhance your application.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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