About this course
If you have an interest in any branch of science; if you are interested in how things work, the living things and materials around you and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our science course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops.
We offer routes allowing a main specialism from biology, chemistry, physics or science (which includes Earth and environmental science) for key stage 4 teaching each requiring applicants to demonstrate particular capability in that area with relevant post-16 qualifications. However all science teachers need to show a willingness to contribute significantly to subject teaching outside this specialism. You will not necessarily be expected to enter the course with an expert knowledge of all areas and therefore top-up courses are available through the university during the course.
The PGCE in Science is offered on both a full-time and flexible basis.
A degree in a strand of science or applied science, with 60% of the content in a National Curriculum science area (life processes and living things; materials and their properties; physical processes)
Ability to demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in your own scientific subject knowledge across the sciences
Recent experience of shadowing teachers in a science department in a secondary school
GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics.
Interview and Selection
Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
The main purpose of the interview is to:
give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
explore your subject strengths and areas for development
assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
answer all of your questions