PGCE Science alternative placement – Register your interest in hosting!


Timing of the placement

  • The alternative placement will come at the end of their block of teaching placement. Students on our PGCE programme take part in three placements. One week (observation) in a primary school in September, followed by two 11 week post-primary placements throughout the year. The first post-primary placement runs from October to January and the second runs from March to May.
  • The alternative placement for the next academic year would therefore be from Monday 15th May to Friday 22nd May 2023 (inclusive)

Placement expectations

  • Students will be expected to adhere to everything in their placement agreement, as per their placements in mainstream schools.
  • They are expected to be present for the full working day, which may include travel to and from sessions. They should undertake, in a supervised capacity, the full remit of a working day with your organisation.
  • It would be envisaged that they would lead sessions with learners and plan accordingly for these sessions, to include tasks, activities, use of resources and risk assessments. These sessions should be supervised by staff from the placement provider, but students will be able to lead groups by this point in their PGCE programme. It is envisaged that will lead approximately 5 hours of ‘teaching’ per week. It would also be helpful for them to receive some constructive feedback on their sessions.
  • As per their mainstream placements, students will be expected to act on feedback, reflect on their practice and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Students will receive one visit from a QUB staff member (likely me) to talk about their progress and for us to talk to the provider about their progress.
  • Should any issues arise during the placement, providers and students alike, are asked to contact the university at their earliest convenience.

Recruitment (students)

  • All Science students will receive details about this opportunity during their induction week in September.
  • If they are interested, they will be invited to complete a short application form, which will be considered by the Placement module convenor (Dr Jennifer Roberts) and I, as PGCE Science co-ordinator.
  • Placements are organised well in advance, so we will write to interested providers early next term, to confirm allocation. Numbers will be limited to the number of providers interested in hosting a student.
  • In order to secure their alternative placement, interested students must perform well on the PGCE programme throughout the year and have passed all observation assessments in their mainstream placements before being permitted to take up the alternative placement.

Recruitment (providers)

  • This is an invitation for you to register your interest in hosting a student. If you are interested, please email Karen Kerr ( as soon as possible.
  • When you have registered your interest, we will be in touch with further details to include the relevant QUB placement documentation.

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