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PGCE Biology

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by kingfisher221, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Are there jobs for biology teachers? or is it just the physics/chemistry and maths teachers are in shortage and have better chances of a job.
    I am a bit sceptical about this. Anyone having similar thoughts?
  2. There are fewer jobs for biology teachers, there has been an over supply in this area for many years which has generally been covered up by labelling posts as 'science' to make up for the lack of physical scientists. Most posts are advertised as science and in my experience most schools will go for the best teacher regardless of specialism. If they are desperate for say a physicist then they will advertise for that or for 'physical sciences preferred'. Specific biology posts are few and far between.
    Job prospects for chemistry, physics and maths teachers are much more rosy so getting as much experience as possible in these areas is an advantage. The IoP and RSC run courses for non-specialists.
  3. Thanks for the reply. I am about to start PGCE in Biology at Brighton Uni. Would I be risking of not having a job?
    Can you do a chemistry enhancement course after completing PGCE in Biology?
  4. A PGCE in Biology is very valid and would be fine to get you a job teaching, assuming you are good enough. You can only do an enhancement course before your PGCE, not after. Doing any course does not guarantee you a job so you are always at risk of not getting a job, even if you do chemistry.

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