Full Time 1yr
Our PGCE courses in the Sciences (with Biology, Chemistry or Physics) will train you to teach up to GCSE level, with attention given to enhancing your subject knowledge as well as examining educational issues in teaching and learning, classroom interaction, the school curriculum and the school and society.
On this course you can:
The course is accredited by the Department for Education. This means that successful completion of the PGCE will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and will provide for a career in secondary teaching. On recent figures, over 90% of our students each year gain employment with 60% of those getting jobs in our partnership schools.
Please apply for this course through UCAS Teacher Training. You'll need the appropriate Training programme code:
If you are thinking of studying a full-time PGCE course, you may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary from the Department for Education while you train (UK and EU students only). The Department for Education will pay you a non means-tested bursary of up to £26,000 depending on the subject you teach and the class of your undergraduate degree. For more information visit education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching.
You can study this course under the School Direct model.
The sense of family created amongst the students and lecturers has been really enjoyable and has provided the support network so invaluable in such a challenging year. Also the professionalism and knowledge of the tutors has been inspirational.
Timothy Ayres, PGCE (Science) graduate
The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.
Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.
You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.
The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.
The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.
In each term you will be assessed on:
Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.
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The School of Education and Childhood Studies maintains strong relationships with a network of partner schools and colleges, which helps over 80% of our trainees obtain jobs in the area, and allows us to offer School Direct places.
Regular inspections by Ofsted and the Quality Assurance Authority have confirmed Portsmouth as an excellent provider of courses in education, a position supported by strong performance in newspaper league tables and the National Student Survey.
If you join a full-time PGCE teacher training course you may be eligible for a training bursary from the government. English students can also apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant, and may also be eligible for a University of Portsmouth Bursary. Read more.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
There may be travel costs for internships/placements. These will vary depending on the nature of internship/placements and can range from £50 - £1000.
Career opportunities within teaching are now far wider and more diverse than ever before. After a few years of teaching, relatively recently qualified teachers are able to gain promotion (responsibility) points for leadership within their subject. Alternatively some teachers prefer to pursue a pastoral route and may gain promotion to Year Head or other pastoral roles. There are also opportunities to become a Subject Leader, which allows effective classroom teachers to gain recognition for their excellence in the classroom without needing to move to more administrative positions. After some experience of middle management successful teachers may progress to senior management as Senior Teacher, Deputy Head or Head.
At the end of the training period, more than 90% of the trainees went into full-time employment in schools within the Portsmouth University Partnership.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.
See the Overview section for details of how to apply for this course.
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