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During the application and recruitment process, you will be advised of the best route for you. Details of the specific content of the Biology SKE and TTEP are given below.

Stage 1: Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) – 100% online

Where identified during selection and recruitment you may complete an 8, 12, 16, 20 or 28-week. This is delivered online so you can manage these hours around your other commitments. This course is 100 % distance learning and comes with a personal tutor. The course is free and attracts a bursary of £200 per week for eligible trainees. The content of the Biology SKE is made up of the following topics and modules


Cell Biology
Transport Systems
Health and Disease
Coordination and Control
The Genome and
Gene Expression
Variation and Evolution
GCSE Practical Biology

PLUS – access to optional resources in GCSE Chemistry and Physics


Exchange and Transport
Biological Molecules
Control Systems
Genetics and Evolution
Energy for Biological
A-level Practical Biology

Stage 2: Becoming a Great Biology Teacher - online and in-school

The Teacher Training Enhancement Programme (TTEP) is a flexible online course to support your teacher training year. The content of the Biology TTEP course is made up of the following modules and topics:

Professional Studies 1

What is Education
Application of the Theories of Learning
Introduction to the Teachers’ Standards
Lesson Planning
Questioning Skills
Ideas for Starters and Plenaries
Activities for Learning
Behaviour Management 1
Assessment and AfL
Differentiation and Inclusive Practice
Staging Debates and Role-plays
Impacts and Presence
Getting the Best out of your Placements

Professional Studies 2

Behaviour Management 2
Tracking Progress and Using Data
Using Language to Influence
The Pastoral Role
Safeguarding - Child Protection
Safeguarding - e-safety
Moving from Good to Outstanding
Communicating with Parents
Working with other Professionals
Beyond the Classroom
Personal and Professional Conduct
Evaluation and Reflection
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Subject Studies

The Biology Curriculum
The Chemistry Curriculum
The Physics Curriculum
Constructing Understanding in Science
Challenging Misconceptions in Science
Thinking Skills in Science
Practical Practicalities
Health and Safety
Differentiation in Science
Assessment in Science
Sex Education