Secondary partnerships

BA / BSc (Hons) courses

Our undergraduate QTS degrees train teachers of  Biology, Computer Science and PE over a 3 year period. 

Our BA/ BSc with QTS courses are designed to provide a specialist degree alongside QTS status. When not in school trainees are engaged with undergraduate study and assessment in their specialist subject.  

All trainees complete 120 credits each year through completion of both education and subject-specific modules.

Students complete a Professional Studies module each year, which includes topics such as behaviour management, metacognition, diversity, scaffolding and many more.

The following is some of the indicative subject specific ITE content learned and applied in modules:

BA (Hons) Secondary Physical Education with QTS

The Department of Sport and Exercise, part of the School of Health Sciences, is committed to delivering excellence in every aspect of work it undertakes related to sport and exercise, sports therapy, physiotherapy and physical education and school sport. The vibrant and practice-led learning environment enables trainees to teach PE to secondary school aged pupils (11-16 year olds) and includes some post-16 enhancement.

Trainees will also benefit from the unique and strong partnership between PE and Sports and Exercise Science teacher educators and subject specialists who are at the forefront of practice in their fields.

The course includes:

  • A variety of PE specific pedagogical models across years one to three.
  • Motor development of children and how children learn in PE
  • The specific areas of the PE national curriculum, covered in the first two years.
  • The role of PE, physical activity and sport in promoting lifelong learning and healthy, active lifestyles.
  • Effective assessment procedures in PE

BSc (Hons) Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS

The Department of Life Sciences, part of the School of Health Sciences, is committed to delivering high-quality, research-informed teaching in a range of biology and life science fields alongside a developing Life Sciences research portfolio.  Staff have expertise in a range of disciplines which will support trainee’s scientific development and prepare trainees for professional practice as a science educator.

Trainees benefit from the unique and strong partnership between biology educators and subject specialists who are at the forefront of practice in their fields.

The course includes:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Pedagogical processes specific to science.
  • Physical sciences, inclusive of chemistry and physics.

BSc (Hons) Secondary Computing with QTS

The School of Computing and Digital Technology provides access to networking laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving trainees the best possible introduction to current technologies and facilitating the development of knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare trainees for professional practice as a computing educator.

Trainees benefit from the unique and strong partnership between computer science teacher educators and subject specialists who are at the forefront of practice in their fields.

The course includes:

  • Contemporary issues in Computer Science
  • Web design
  • Programming
  • Operating systems
  • Pedagogical and assessment procedures in computing.
Feedback from our current cohort

The feedback our students have given outlines the ways in which combining undergraduate subject study with QTS prepares them as teachers of the future:

Anisa Begum - BSc (Hons) Secondary Biology with QTS trainee

"As a BCU teacher in training, my aim is to be an asset to the school community and strive to enhance pupils learning by increasing their interest in Biology. I want to use my vision as a teacher and my passion for my subject to establish a positive learning atmosphere within the classroom. The programme that I am enrolled on, BSc (Hons) Biology with QTS, is filled with both pedagogical knowledge and biomedical science which robustly covers the practical and theoretical side to becoming a successful teacher. My priority is to develop skills in all the Teachers' Standards, to deliver stimulating Biology lessons and to demonstrate the right personal and professional attributes as a beginning teacher. My learning has shown me that engaging lessons and positive pupil-teacher interactions are vital to successful teaching as well as maintaining positive wellbeing leading to an enthusiastic classroom culture - and thus I aim to deliver lessons by fulfilling my future pupils' needs (both academically and personally)."

Alex Gabor Ghimici - BSc (Hons) Secondary Computer Science with QTS trainee

"I have learned more things about myself, about my personality, in my first semester on the BCU BSc (Hons) Computer Studies with QTS course than in my entire life. I honestly believe I will gain insight into my teaching skills and strengths even more widely as I start my school placement  in my locality, so I can also give something back to my community! The good thing about teaching is that the pupils are not the only ones who learn, I also learn a bunch of things from them and from the wider profession. I am looking forward to getting into teaching as I progress through my BCU course."

Lewis Jones - BA (Hons) Secondary Physical Education with QTS trainee

"Sport is essential to our physical, mental and social wellbeing and I would argue now more than ever during these unprecedented times. I have seen the positive impacts of this in the last 8 schools I've taught in Primary, Secondary and SEND PE classes both here in the UK and in America. I believe that every child has at least one sport that they can enjoy and continue for the rest of their lives. However, it’s essential they have a teacher that shows the passion and enthusiasm to help them through their journey. I would love to be this teacher. My passion for teaching stems from seeing the progress the students make through rich learning experiences over time. Now I feel a sense of achievement as I know that I've helped the student to develop their learning. My BCU BA (Hons) Physical Education with QTS course has helped me to develop my teaching skills and my pedagogical approach to learning. I have learnt the different approaches and techniques involved with teaching and how to keep the students engaged throughout lessons to maximise their potentials. I have also learnt ways to minimise behaviour disruption in a lesson which plays a vital role in the learning outcome."

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