This course will prepare you to teach National Curriculum science specialising in biology at KS3 and KS4 (11-16) with a post-16 enhancement.
Learn to be an effective science teacher. Gain insight into key skills across the science curriculum: questioning, assessing learning, lesson planning, management of practical work and laboratory safety.
Get to grips with up-to-date thinking and the latest research in teaching and learning. You'll benefit from our expertise as a leading centre for curriculum development, professional training and research.
You can choose to study this course as a University of York PGCE trainee or through our School Direct routes in partnership with one of the following teaching alliances:
School Direct trainees work with University of York PGCE trainees at the University for Curriculum Area sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are usually delivered in your partner schools.
Each route has a different UCAS and institution code. Please see our information on applying for details.
On successfully completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education (DfE).
Our academics have been instrumental in developing the science curriculum, winning numerous honours and awards.
In its most recent evaluation, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) awarded our PGCE programme a Grade 2: Good.
The York PGCE is designed to ensure that your study at the University and your practical experience in schools work together to help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher.
Throughout the course, you’ll develop and consolidate your understanding of what constitutes effective teaching.
You’ll spend two thirds of your learning time in school settings, with the rest of your time spent at the University receiving training. While on placement, you'll receive ongoing support from your tutors when they visit you in school to observe you teach and scrutinise your teaching files.
There are sessions that are particularly important for biology teachers: teaching ethics, teaching evolution and handling controversial issues such as intelligent design and teaching reproduction.
This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits, which you can put towards a Masters degree through Accreditation of Prior Credited Learning (APCL).
Over the course of your two main placements you’ll have the opportunity to work with different age groups (including gaining some post-16 experience), with different abilities and with students of varying dispositions. You’ll experience a variety of schools and subject departments.
You’ll experience the pastoral side of each school through active involvement with a tutor group. You will be able to engage with the wider life of each school by participating in school trips, parents’ evenings, open evenings, events such as school concerts and lunchtime/after school clubs.
At the beginning of your second placement, you’ll carry on teaching about 50% of an average teacher’s timetable. Towards the end of the placement, you might be given the opportunity to take on additional teaching, up to 75% of a teacher’s timetable.
I really enjoyed the first few weeks of university sessions. It was great to be with people who were going through the same situations in their placements. Although it was daunting to teach my first lesson, I really felt as though I had achieved something once I had finished.Charlotte, PGCE Biology
|Full-time (1 year)
York's tuition fees for 2019/20 entry are £9,250 per year for UK/EU students (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man residents). Further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
You will be expected to arrange your own transport to and from placements. The cost of this will vary depending on the location of your placements and your personal situation. We'll make every effort to place you in a school that you are able to travel to easily.
Successful applicants must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. The fee for this is £44.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of your learning will come from workshops, seminars and school and classroom activities.
Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work collaboratively, sharing your experience, knowledge and technical expertise. Activities emphasise teamwork and require you to share the responsibility for your learning.
Throughout the course, you will be guided by mentors in your placement schools and supported by your university tutors.
Our Science Education Area houses a laboratory, seminar/study space, computing equipment and a collection of teaching resources. The laboratory contains a representative selection of school science teaching apparatus and materials.
The National STEM Learning Centre, based on campus, is working to develop world-leading STEM education for the UK.
The Department of Education is located in Derwent College, on the west part of our campus. Your university sessions will take place in a variety of locations around campus.
School placements take place across the region. We take many factors into consideration when allocating placements and will work with you to ensure you can get to your placement safely and easily.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll complete three academic assignments:
The primary aim of the course is to enable you to meet, and ideally exceed, the Teachers’ Standards and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a PGCE from the University of York at Masters level.
Most of our graduates become teachers, but the skills you learn will open other career paths too.
|GCSEs||Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Mathematics.|
An honours degree in Biology (or a related subject such as Biomedical Sciences) at 2:2 or above. We also accept combined honours degrees where Biology (or a related subject) makes up at least 50% of the award.
The Department for Education requires a pass in professional skills tests, in addition to GCSEs in English and Maths. It is in your best interests to book and pass the skills tests as soon as possible.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are between 8 and 28 weeks long, and are ideal for developing your subject knowledge and improving your confidence. Some courses are available to complete online, others through distance learning or face-to-face.
We may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of your offer. If so, the course will be fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any additional fees. You may be entitled to bursaries while you complete the course.
Before starting your course we'll ask you to complete a medical declaration, to ensure your fitness to teach and to allow us to better support you during your course.
We will ask you to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions. Criminal convictions are not usually a bar to entry, but failure to disclose them can be grounds for dismissal. You must get clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to join the course. If we offer you a place we'll let you know how to apply for a DBS enhanced check, for which there is a fee of £44.
If we're thinking about offering you a place, we'll invite you to an interview. These normally involve tasks such as a short presentation, group activities and a written test as well as a personal interview.
Although it is not a pre-requisite for application, you are strongly encouraged to have completed a minimum of two days observing in a school prior to interview.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
Each route has a different UCAS and institution code.
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