There is a national shortage of science teachers, including Chemistry teachers, and Birmingham City University School of Education and Social Work is helping to fill the gap by producing teachers of excellence who can inspire young people in the classroom.
We believe science is an exciting subject and the PGCE Secondary Chemistry course at Birmingham City University enables you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach successfully, as well as explore the knowledge, skills and understanding young people need as part of their science education.
As well as taking advantage of the superb newly opened facilities at the School of Education and Social Work, which include a newly commissioned teaching lab and top-of-the-range ICT provision, you will have access to school-based facilities, enabling you to train in the environment in which you will be working.
This new course is in the final stages of design. Once this is complete, and the course has been reviewed and approved as meeting our quality standards, you'll be able to apply directly online as normal. The course starts in September 2017.
We'll be publishing detailed information about all our courses for 2017/18 on the website over the next few weeks, as well as fees and how to apply. Sign up below and we'll send you an email as soon as more information is available.
At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.
That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.
We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.
To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.
We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.
*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:
You will need to apply online direct to the university for this course. A link to the form will be available soon. We'd like to send you an email once the link is available to save you checking back - just sign up for an update.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 23 November, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
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John Deane, Head of School of Allied and Public Health Professions explains why we are changing our courses.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
The School of Education boasts some of the best teaching and learning facilities in the country. As part of your training you will have access to our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.
Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.
City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.
The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston during the 2017/18 academic year.
One of the most exciting innovations in recent years for our trainee teachers and students is our virtual school. You can encounter a range of real-life situations within a simulated environment, that teachers are often confronted with.
All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.
Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.
Other items available include:
There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.
The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.
The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.
There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.
There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.
The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.
You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.
There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.
Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.
This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.
As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.
The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.
There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.
The PGCE Secondary Science: Chemistry with course is delivered by experienced and dedicated specialists who are supported by well-motivated colleagues in schools.
Peter has taught Art and Design in secondary schools and FE colleges since completing a PGCE in Art and Design education. He has been involved in Initial Teacher Education firstly through the Art and Design PGCE course at Middlesex University where he was a initially a Subject Mentor in a partnership school and latterly visiting lecturer on the PGCE course.
Through Peter's roles on the PGCE course at Birmingham City University as Senior Lecturer in Art and Design education and more recently Subject Route Leader for Art and Design, he has been able to deepen his expertise in subject pedagogy and broaden his knowledge and understanding in wider professional studies.
Peter has contributed to teaching and learning on the following courses: