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Biology (Secondary PGCE)Singleton Park Campus
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Location: Singleton Park Campus
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2021/09/01
Duration: 12 months
Intl fees: £16150
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Swansea University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Swansea University Schools Partnership's integrated and rigorous PGCE programme will challenge you academically and professionally. The PGCE Biology programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of Biology and its position in the school curriculum. You will be encouraged to research and test your own approaches to Biology pedagogy to find those techniques that work best for you and for the pupils you teach. Students will be taught in our cutting-edge laboratory facilities on our campuses. Swansea University Schools Partnership is committed to developing research-informed reflective practitioners who can demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their teaching so that learners develop their Biology competence in an environment that cultivates enjoyment of the subject.
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Applicants for the Secondary PGCE are required to have achieved the following prior to admission to the programme: • An honours degree at a minimum of 2:2 in a relevant subject, or a related subject with at least 50% relevant subject content; • Grade B GCSE in English Language or Literature/Welsh (students applying for the Welsh medium programme will be required to have a GCSE in Welsh); • Grade B GCSE in Maths The GCSE Grade B in English Language or Literature/Welsh and Mathematics are a requirement set by the Welsh Government. However, we welcome applications from those with a GCSE Grade C in English Language or Literature/Welsh and/or Mathematics. Applicants with a grade C in GCSE English Language or Literature/Welsh or Mathematics who meet all other entry criteria may be accepted if they complete successfully an equivalency test. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are unable to follow our planned timetable of equivalency testing. Therefore, applicants will be expected to sit their equivalency test(s) during the PGCE academic year where they will be given up to 3 attempts. Should the situation change, we will restart our programme of tutorials and tests before the beginning of the academic year. Please note that applicants must pass their equivalency test(s) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). All interviews will be held virtually (using Microsoft Teams) with a PGCE subject specialist through the medium of English or Welsh as desired. The format will consist of a short interview and professional discussion. All PGCE students will complete a Digital Competence audit on enrolment and have digital competence training embedded into their PGCE programme of study. All applicants must meet the requirements of the Education Health Standards (Wales) confirming their health and physical capacity to teach. All applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check. Applicants must not have been excluded from teaching or working with children nor be registered with the DBS as unfit for working with children or young persons.
IELTS: 6.5 (with no component less than 6)
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About this university
For international students, there is a wealth of information on the university's website to help them before they arrive in Wales. Once there the help is more hands on and includes information on visas and immigration as well as English language skills. The English language training services is an accredited program to assist those to whom the language isn't their first. There is also help with developing a career after university and finding co-curricular activities. For non-academic matters, there is the ISAS, the International Student Advice Service who are available for matters such as health and wellbeing, bringing families while studying and financial advice. They are based in the Keir Hardie Building within the university. There are plenty of services available to help students make the most of their time at the university. These range from student counselling and health centre to academic success programmes. The campus is one of the few in the UK to have a mosque on site as well as chaplain services. Student run media includes a radio station. The university's International Sports Village is just five minutes' walk from Singleton Park campus and has a host of facilities for the many sports clubs and teams. These include floodlit playing fields, eight-lane track, training centre, lacrosse and cricket pitches, tennis and squash courts and a climbing wall. Next door is the Wales National Pool, a 50-metre pool complying to FINA standards and was used for training for the London 2012 Olympics.