Initial Teacher Education

Science: Biology, Chemistry or Physics Initial Teacher Education

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Please note: The last date we will accept applications for courses starting in September 2022 is Monday 22 August 2022. Our final interviews sessions will take place the same week. Applicants must be available to attend an interview when invited between Monday 22 August and Friday 26 August 2022.

"I enjoyed being able to communicate science. The real magic (or science?) is the light bulb you see going off when a concept clicks in a brain for the first time."

You will specialise in biology, chemistry or physics and develop the skills and knowledge to become an inspiring and engaging science teacher who will bring the subject to life for the young people you work with.

In collaboration with experienced teachers from our partnership schools, we have designed a course that supports you to consider the everyday reality of teaching science, while at the same time exploring the challenges and issues underpinning science education in our fast-changing world.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn science and that it is our responsibility, as teachers, to make science an exciting, relevant and engaging endeavour that stimulates pupils’ interest and enjoyment of science.

How you will work

Throughout this course we will work with you to critically engage with the issues around science education and support you in developing your own personal philosophy of teaching and learning science. We seek to create a safe and open learning environment. You will be encouraged to work creatively and imaginatively in exploring ways to bring the science curriculum to life in your classrooms.

The processes used in the university-based sessions will model a variety of approaches. You will be encouraged to reflect on the strategies used by you as a learner and to consider the implications for your own teaching. From the outset you will be part of a collaborative community of inquiry; you will be learning with and through others. We will draw on your experiences and the experiences of others as we explore the key aspects of learning and teaching science.

We are committed to providing equality in education for all pupils and therefore all our work will be underpinned by the promotion of social justice and concern for educating the whole child. 

How we will support you

In addition to the PGCE course aims, we wish to: 

  • help you build on and challenge your own experiences and thinking, and to consider alternative perspectives on the teaching and learning of science
  • provide opportunities to review the National Curriculum for Science and current initiatives in science teaching, having also explored it from an historical, social, cultural and political perspective, and within the context of the broader curriculum
  • develop your awareness of the nature of science (NOS), that is, its distinguishing characteristics as a discipline, and its relationship to the school science curriculum
  • explore different approaches to diversity and inclusion in science and consider the impact of gender, ethnicity and social class on pupil engagement, participation and attainment
  • enable you to support individual pupils to gain an understanding of their potential as learners and the main barriers to progress in science
  • support you to construct a personal theory of how children learn science and to develop strategies and approaches to identify and address the main barriers to learning
  • introduce you to a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches in science
  • support you in experimenting with a range of classroom activities and resources 

Field trip

Preston Montford Field Studies Centre
Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September 2022

On the field trip  you will be studying the use of the outdoor classroom in teaching science up to A level. This will  provide an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow students and develop subject knowledge for teaching.

The trip will include:

  • fully risk assessed field activities delivered by experts
  • well equipped, WiFi enabled classrooms, lecture rooms and laboratories
  • a range of field equipment, microscopes and species identification guides
  • biological recording, taxonomic skills and field techniques as well as key ecological concepts such as succession, zonation and ecological energetics
  • fully catered accommodation
  • transport to and from Preston Montford

The price is £75.

Please visit the Preston Montford website to read more about the venue and facilities. 

The science team

Subject tutors are supported by:



School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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