Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physics with Mathematics)

PGCE Science is offered in four specialisms. Science Secondary
You will need to apply for one of the following:

  • Biology (Years 7-13)
  • Chemistry (Years 7-13)
  • Physics (Years 7-13)
  • Physics with Mathematics (Years 7-13)

The Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry offer Teacher Training Scholarships worth up to £30,000 to Physics/Physics with Maths and Chemistry trainees starting their teacher training in 2015. For more information, please visit the government Get into Teaching website.

Programme Aims:

The PGCE Secondary Science programme aims to:

  • develop your understanding of the role of Science teachers both within the department and in their wider professional responsibilities
  • introduce you to current theories and practice in Science teaching
  • help develop your academic and critical thinking skills to support effective Science teaching and learning for all your students
  • help you set high expectations for yourself and your students
  • help you to understand what contribution Science education can make to the wider education of young people

The Science course supports the core PGCE Teacher Development Course, through:

  • Specialist sessions to develop your curriculum subject knowledge
  • Exploring effective teaching and learning in Science classrooms
  • Consideration of the role of practical work and your responsibility for safe classroom practice
  • Developing reflective practice to support your planning, delivery and evaluation of lessons
  • Developing an understanding of recent curriculum change


A field course in October supports team building for collaborative work, helps develop subject knowledge across the sciences and a practical understanding of learning outside the classroom.

In addition to your specialist subject sessions and core science sessions, you will be allocated to a mixed team of specialists from all science disciplines in order to develop pedagogy related to science teaching. Physics with Mathematics PGCE students follow the specialist Physics course and will spend around 10-15% of the university sessions with the Mathematics PGCE group exploring curriculum and pedagogy.

Mixed teams and whole science sessions will include focus on:

  • The science curriculum
  • Lesson planning
  • Behaviour for learning and classroom management
  • Assessment
  • Literacy and numeracy in science
  • Differentiation and inclusion
  • Earth science
  • ICT in science, including data logging
  • Teaching controversial issues in Science
  • The Nature of Science
  • Science outside the classroom
  • Safety issues and risk assessment
  • Classroom practice related to learning theories
  • Demonstrations and practicals

Assessment

Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.

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