What you will study
You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit science module,
Exploring science (S104). You’ll develop your study skills while engaging with a broad and absorbing introduction to a range of science subject areas, including: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q56-2,module,S104,,1
astronomy and planetary science
earth and environmental science
This module will also provide you with the scientific knowledge needed to teach across the science curriculum at Key Stage 3.
You’ll then be introduced to practical science through the compulsory 30-credit module
Investigative and mathematical skills in science (S141).The experience gained will be particularly valuable for developing your confidence in carrying out practical work with pupils in school. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q56-2,module,S141,,1
The final compulsory module,
Using mathematics (MST121) (30 credits), provides a broad, enjoyable introduction to university-level mathematics. It shows how mathematics can be applied to answer questions from science, technology and everyday life, and will give you a good foundation for further study. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q56-2,module,MST121,,1
At Stage 2, you’ll study two compulsory modules designed to give you the core knowledge needed to teach physics at higher levels in school. They’ll also provide a firm foundation for Stage 3 physics if you do not continue on to the ITE course.
The physical world (S207) (60 credits) is a wide-ranging introduction to physics and its applications covers classical mechanics; thermal physics and fluids; fields, waves and electromagnetism; relativity; and quantum physics (including solids, atoms, nuclei and particles) – setting many of them in their historical context so that you can appreciate the evolution of the subject. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q56-2,module,S207,,1
Practical science: physics and astronomy (SXP288) (30 credits) is an online module that develops essential skills for practical work. You’ll carry out practical activities that you can do online and in and around your own home, or through an optional residential school. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q56-2,module,SXP288,,1
In this pathway, you’ll also choose a 30-credit science module from a list of options, which are compatible with the BSc (Hons) Natural Science degree. You’ll be able to broaden your knowledge and understanding of your chosen area of science, and prepare for studying further modules at Stage 3 if you do not continue on to the ITE course.
Stage 3 of this degree is the ITE course, which has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted. It will provide a rigorous and rewarding preparation for the teaching profession, working with partner schools and with the support of a tutor and mentor. The course allows flexible patterns of study – normally over a period of between one and two years. You’ll study the theory that underpins effective teaching, and apply your learning in practice during three continuous periods of teaching in two schools. Your study will be organised around six strands:
science, schools and the wider context
understanding pupils and their learning
planning and evaluation
teaching strategies and classroom management
assessment, recording and reporting
the wider professional role.
Online forums will enable you to take part in discussions about your subject and teaching with other student teachers. Your teaching will be assessed against the national Standards for Qualified Teacher Status; and your understanding of the study and analytic skills will be assessed through assignments linked to your school experience.
We recommend that you do not apply for this Stage 3 ITE course until you’re within six months of being ready and able to proceed.
Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the
structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that
the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.
How long it takes
Typically, it takes four years part time study to complete Stages 1 and 2 of this degree, although you can take anything between two (the equivalent of full time study) and eight years. You must complete Stage 3 within two years.
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