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BSc (Honours) Science with Education and Qualified Teacher Status

(11-16 and including post 16 enhancement)

Obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by training to become a teacher of science - a subject with a national shortage of qualified teachers. You specialise in either biology, chemistry or physics teaching.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS XFC0 Course code

Course description

What you study
If you have relevant qualifications or academic credit and want to teach science in secondary schools, this course is designed for you. There is a shortage of qualified science teachers and a need for graduates with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course includes science and education based study to bring you up to degree level and increasing experience of teaching in schools from early on in the course.

You study biology, chemistry and physics to prepare you to teach at Key Stages 3 and 4, and then go on to specialise in one science. You develop a deep understanding of the scientific content, typical misconceptions and the ways in which the subject can be effectively taught in schools. You also develop your skills in information communications technology, mathematics for scientists and the practicalities of teaching science in schools.

You study your specialist science subject at a higher level in preparation for teaching post-16 school students.

This course offers an alternative and faster path into teaching compared with the usual degree-PGCE route. It is particularly suited for those who want to study science teaching in more depth. A government bursary (currently £9000) may be available for some students on this course.

Work experience and placements
During the first year of your course, you have some school experience that gradually builds your confidence to work with secondary pupils. Longer placements in the second year and your final year help you gain the teaching skills and experience you need to gain QTS. In total you spend at least 24 weeks in two or more schools refining your teaching and transforming your subject knowledge into sound education practice.

We have strong partnerships with local and regional secondary schools to ensure that you receive high quality training. You may even find employment, as many of our trainees do, at one of your placements.

Facilities
Our laboratories are purpose built to reflect the types of labs you will experience in schools. For subject specialism modules you also have access to the industry-standard university research laboratories.

Teaching and support
A personal, school-based, trained mentor is assigned to you to help develop your teaching skills through working with individual pupils, small groups and whole classes.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent*. We also require two GCSE's in science (or a double award) at grade C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a science subject or 48 points from a dual award or two separate sciences . We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a science subject or 48 points from a dual award or two separate sciences . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – 60 credits with at least 45 at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. Typically at least 30 level 3 credits should be in science; more than 30 credits and/or study from a variety of the three science specialisms would be an advantage.

• Foundation year – successfully completing our Extended Degree in Biosciences or equivalent

You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Prior to your application, we highly recommend you visit a secondary school to gain an insight into contemporary approaches to teaching science in the UK. Studying more than one science subject at level 3 is advantageous. Offers are made on the basis of you specialising in biology, chemistry or physics.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

If you already have an undergraduate degree you are not eligible to apply for this course.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

* GCSE science equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent*. We also require two GCSE's in science (or a double award) at grade C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a science subject or 48 points from a dual award or two separate sciences . We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a science subject or 48 points from a dual award or two separate sciences . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – 60 credits with at least 45 at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. Typically at least 30 level 3 credits should be in science; more than 30 credits and/or study from a variety of the three science specialisms would be an advantage.

• Foundation year – successfully completing our Extended Degree in Biosciences or equivalent

You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Prior to your application, we highly recommend you visit a secondary school to gain an insight into contemporary approaches to teaching science in the UK. Studying more than one science subject at level 3 is advantageous. Offers are made on the basis of you specialising in biology, chemistry or physics.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

If you already have an undergraduate degree you are not eligible to apply for this course.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

* GCSE science equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• chemistry foundations • biology foundations • physics foundations • practice in the context of learning and teaching • further chemistry • further biology • further physics

Year two core modules

• extending chemistry • extending biology • extending physics • developing learning and teaching within the curriculum

Year two options

• contemporary biology • chemistry in action • turning points in physics

Year three modules

• the nature of science and industry • subject specialism: individual project • science education in practice • professional studies in education

Education topics

Include • learning theories • the corporate life of schools – legal requirements and responsibilities • the whole school and science curricula • developing inclusion • working with others • supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities • classroom and behaviour management • assessment• professional development

Assessment
  • short tests
  • essays
  • professional development profile
  • individual and small group projects
  • reports
  • presentations
  • prepared teaching materials
  • classroom teaching

Employability

We have an excellent record with graduates from our teaching courses gaining employment in teaching posts.

You may also find a career as a science communication specialist or trainer in many other areas, such as industry, the media and museums.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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