Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Core Science and Applied Science

Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Core Science and Applied Science

Course information

Course title Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Core Science and Applied Science
Course code PCCASPET9
Level of qualification Second Cycle Qualification
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Josette Farrugia
Delivered by Faculty of Education
The programme is intended to enable science teachers to teach concepts outside their subject specialism. This is often problematic due to insufficient subject content knowledge and lack of pedagogic content knowledge. The programme will enable teachers to develop the knowledge of the specific content that they will be teaching (Subject Content Knowledge). This is one of the factors that contribute to successful teaching. It will also target teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge - a blend of pedagogy and subject content which includes an understanding of how the topics are related, how they are most effectively organized, represented, and adapted to the diverse interests and abilities of learners. Through discussion, problem-solving, hands-on tasks and techniques that encourage reasoning, the programme will develop teachers' subject knowledge and understanding in the areas outside their specialism.

The programme of study will consist of two compulsory study-units related to the Teaching of Applied Science and the Teaching of Core Science respectively. It will also offer six study-units to address the subject content knowledge and pedagogic content knowledge related to Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Participants will be required to choose the four study-units that are outside their area of specialisation.
Throughout the programme, teachers will be encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to science learning and teaching; and to relate principles and concepts to every day life materials and experiences.

The course will enable the participants to design curriculum materials, resources and assessment materials related to the themes proposed in the school science syllabi adopting interdisciplinary approaches; and propose appropriate teaching strategies that can be adopted to teach students with various educational needs and of various backgrounds.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall be in possession of:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Education (Honours) with specialization in Biology or Chemistry or Physics or

(b) a first cycle degree together with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with specialization in Science or

(c) a first cycle and/or second cycle degree or higher in Science and a permanent teacher’s warrant or

(d) any other recognized teaching qualification in Science and a permanent teacher’s warrant.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 1,600
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,400
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- outline the background knowledge, concepts and skills required to facilitate learning of science concepts at secondary school level;
- analyse the features and emphasis that characterise the science syllabi;
- identify and summarise the key concepts and ideas of the main themes featured in the secondary school syllabi;
- identify misconceptions that might arise while teaching core science and applied science;
- identify community resources and spaces that contextualise science principles;
- design curriculum materials, resources and assessment materials related to teaching the secondary school syllabi;
- organise practical sessions that target the development of specific cognitive and psychomotor skills;
- propose appropriate teaching strategies that can be adopted to identify and deal with student misconceptions; and
- design educational experiences related to community based resources.
This course is intended for teachers with a B.Ed or PGCE specialised in the teaching of a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) who will be teaching Core Science leading to the SEC level examination in Core Science and/or Applied Science leading to the SEAC.
The course will enable teachers of Biology/Chemistry/Physics to teach Core Science and Applied Science.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 16 November 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.