Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
PGDE entry requirements

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 hours x 10 weeks
Practical 2 hours x 10 weeks


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (2500 WORDS)  100%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (2500 WORDS)  A new title will be set.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of the subject content and curriculum of Biology at Key Stages 4 & post-16;
2. Critically discuss issues pertinent to the planning and delivery of Biology;
3. Critically draw upon lesson observations and team teaching (where appropriate) with the view of enhancing their knowledge and confidence in the Core Specialised Method (Biology).


In this module, the following topics will be discussed in relation to the QTS Standards for the main subject methods.
The content themes for the 10 weeks (over two semesters) are as follows and will draw on examples of learning and teaching resources that are applicable to the teaching of Biology at Key Stages 4 & post-16.

1. An understanding of the diverse learning needs of pupils
2. Knowledge and understanding of Biology at Key Stages 4 & post-16
3. Knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum, including Cwricwlwm Cymreig
4. Knowledge and understanding of external assessment at Key Stage 4 & post-16, including National Qualifications Framework and Learning Pathways
5. The ability to use ICT effectively
6. Knowledge and understanding of class management strategies
7. The ability to plan and prepare resources for effective lessons which are challenging and relevant to all pupils
8. The ability to teach lessons which are structured, varied, motivating and interactive
9. The ability to differentiate to meet the needs of all pupils
10. The ability to monitor, assess and record pupils' progress

Brief description

The Learning & Teaching (Core Specialised Biology) Method Course has been designed to meet the expectations of The National Assembly for Wales circular 41/2006. Within this module trainees will be required to demonstrate a grasp of the subject content as well as policies and issues pertinent to the planning and teaching of Biology.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This key skill will be addressed in certain subjects such as science.
Communication Via workshop activities, trainees will be required to share professional development experiences and encouraged to express their views and opinions on educational matters (not assessed). Their critical review of their professional development forms a key facet of this module and is assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Dissemination of good practices and school experiences will encouraged via group discussions. Trainees will be encouraged to audit their Option Subject experiences in their PDP.
Information Technology Using the Web for research purposes and also to word-process assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning Trainees' strengths and priorities for future professional developments, forms an element of the Professional Development Portfolio. Completing the PDP will enable students to identify more clearly the evidence that substantiates their achievements (strengths, abilities, skills), aspirations and professional development priorities, and will help them to complete Section A of the Career Entry Profile that will act as a summary of their Initial Teacher Training as well as preparing them for their Induction period.
Problem solving Trainees will be required to select the most appropriate teaching and assessment strategies for topics within their subject. They will also consider the approaches to the teaching of controversial topics.
Research skills Trainees will be required to synthesise and evaluate critically information relating to relevant issues in the teaching of their option subject.
Subject Specific Skills Skills pertaining to the teaching of Biology
Team work Dissemination of good practices and school experiences will be encouraged via group discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6