University of East London

Course Introduction

The PGCE Secondary Science programme is designed to meet the Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to develop secondary teachers with a specialism in biology; it aims to do this in the context of our Secondary Partnership schools many of which are situated in east London where skills of educating children in a multi'cultural, multi'lingual urban environment are paramount; overall the programme aims to produce effective teachers who are able to operate as reflective practitioners; to fit this description you should: develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of what it means to be a professional in school; engage in practical and theoretical enquiry as a key element in your development as teachers; whereby you are expected to: be able to critically review, using a range of research and scholastic skills, a systematic and coherent body of knowledge related to education and subject pedagogy; be able to evaluate critically new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources be able to exercise appropriate judgment, by applying appropriate diagnostic and creative skills, in a range of situations; be able to accept accountability for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes by reflecting on and taking responsibility for your own professional development develop your ability to read and write critically at Master's level.

Course Modules

Introduction to teaching and learning (learning styles); teaching in east London; introduction to key stage 2; observing teaching and learning; the national curriculum: principles and framework; introduction to the role of the teacher and support staff; introduction to behaviour management; introduction to lesson planning and evaluation; safeguarding children; introduction to monitoring and assessment; literacy across the curriculum; numeracy across the curriculum; child development and influences on learning; introduction to differentiation; introduction to special educational needs; introduction to English as an additional language; applying for teaching posts; raising achievement: tracking pupil progress; working with other adults in the classroom.

Course Additional Entry

Application is through the Graduate Teacher Training Register (GTTR); you will need to demonstrate through the GTTR form and at interview that you: are an effective reader and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English, both spoken and written possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be a teacher; have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics; hold a 1st degree in an appropriate subject from a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
PGCE £11,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PGCE £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees