Do you want an enormously rewarding opportunity to help children explore the world around them? Help teach about the exciting world of biology by studying to become a secondary school science teacher! You'll help students to make sense of their observations as they look at the inner workings of plants, animals and the human form. It's hard work and can be very challenging, but the satisfaction of teaching your students something new will make it all worthwhile.
Although you will specialise in biology, you will also learn how to teach chemistry and physics. We will show you how to run practical lessons effectively, sharing your ideas while maintaining the interest and enthusiasm of your pupils. We are proud of the high level of practical work in our course, giving you the hands-on experience you need for future employment. Put your knowledge of science to the test by working with young people and inspiring the scientists of tomorrow.
We blend theories about learning with the wide range of skills a teacher needs, developing a reflective and analytical view of your work in the classroom. You'll learn from a variety of teaching methods including subject methodology sessions where practical work is completed, small tutorial groups for discussing issues and mixed-subject research training activities.
You learn about the science curriculum, from the framework provided by the National Curriculum through to the individual lesson plans that teachers use to support learning in their classrooms. We'll teach you to use ICT in lessons, how to mark and assess work and how the new Key Stage 4 curriculum is structured. Assessment takes the form of three pieces of written coursework and a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Please see the selection criteria section below.
A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in biology, chemistry or physics, depending on your chosen specialism, is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2017.
If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.
GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by July 2017.
Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2017.
A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course.
Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course
Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement.
Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.
A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.
Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.
We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.
At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.
There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.
Making your application
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS); they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
With QTS built in, you'll be able to apply for a position as a high school science teacher immediately after graduation.
Resources and facilities
50% of your university study will be based in three dedicated science laboratories under the guidance of tutors experienced in secondary school teaching. These are designed to mirror what would be found in schools, so you get a real feel for your future working environment. The focus is not just on the experiments, but also on the way that practicals would be organised with pupils in order to maximise the impact and efficiency in school.
You'll benefit from our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment, providing easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board.