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LM092 - Bachelor of Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Biology with Physics or Chemistry or Agricultural Science)

Course Details

Course Code: LM092

Level: Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2013: 435*
Course Leader: Dr Audrey O’Grady
Phone: 00 353 61 202903

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

*Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places

The Student Experience

Course Description

About you

If you are considering a career in teaching and have a strong interest in science, this may be the course for you. This four-year programme attracts students who have excellent communication skills, and are strongly motivated and passionate about science teaching.

Why Study Science Education in Biological Sciences with Physics or Chemistry at UL?

The aim of the programme is to educate young teachers and help them develop the skills and aptitudes to confidently face the challenges of science teaching. When you graduate from the programme you will be qualified to teach;

  • Biology and Agricultural Science to honours Leaving Certificate level
  • general sciences: biology, physics and chemistry at junior cycle level
  • Chemistry or Physics to honours Leaving Certificate level
  • General Science to Junior Certificate level

Course Structure

The programme is four years in duration and is based on the concurrent model of teacher education, in which educational studies and studies in biological sciences, along with your chosen physical science elective are combined with teaching practice experience.

In the first two years of study, you will explore subjects like Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Computing and Education. You will study education theory and practice which will equip you with teaching aptitudes and skills on which you will build a sound philosophy and approach to teaching.

During the spring semester of year two, you will undertake the first of your two teaching practice placements for six weeks in a secondary school. Your second placement will be in semester 1 of the final year, for 12 weeks. During these placements, you will teach junior or senior science topics to second level pupils, and you will be supervised by UL academic staff.

During the third and fourth years, you will specialise in the more advanced study of biological sciences, together with chemistry OR physics as a second subject. Throughout the four years, there is a strong emphasis on acquiring practical scientific skills through laboratory work, field work and assignments.

In your final year, you will select a research project in biology, education or a related topic. This will develop your skills in analysis, problem solving and scientific writing.

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Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer
BY4001 Biology 1 BY40012 Biology 2
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 CH4252 Inorganic Chemistry 1B
EN4031 Becoming a Teacher: Identity EN4012 How Young People Learn
and Communication
MA4601 Science Mathematics 1 MA4602 Science Mathematics 2
PH4131 Mechanics / Heat / Electricity / Magnetism PH4102 Waves/Light/Modern Physics
CS4911 Intro to Information Technology
EN4021 Life Skills

Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Summer
BY4013 General Microbiology BY4004 Horticulture
BY4023 Animal Diversity EN4024 Planning for Teaching and Learning 2
BY4215 Soil Science SE4014 Teaching Science1
CH4153 Organic Chemistry 2B SE4024 Teaching Science 2
EN4023 Planning for Teaching and Learning 1 TP4004 Teaching Practice1

Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Summer
BY4015 Plant Physiology BY4104 Ecology 1
BY4025 Crop and Grassland Science EN4016 Responding to Diversity in Education
BY4035 Cellular Biology and SE4006 Science Teaching 3
Biochemistry With Chemistry option
EN4006 Curriculum Studies CH4054 Introductory Physical Chemistry
With Chemistry option CH4354 Analytical Chemistry for the Environment
CH4253 Inorganic Chemistry 2B With Physics option
With Physics option MA4604 Science Mathematics 4
PH4041 Optics PH4092 Semiconductor Devices

Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8 Summer
EN4017 Understanding Schools BY4008 Genetics and Molecular Biology
LS4007 Final Year Project 1 BY4208 Agriculture 2
(Biological Science)
TP4007 Teaching Practice 2 EN4008 Teacher as Professional
LS4008 Final Year Project 2
(Biological Science)
With Chemistry option
CH4554 Environmental Chemistry
With Physics option
PH4042 Thermal Physics

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects (including Mathematics, Irish or another language and English).

In addition, applicants are required to hold at least the following in the Leaving Certificate or an approved equivalent: Grade B3 in Ordinary Level Mathematics (Grade D3 in Higher Level Mathematics also suffices) and a Grade D3 at Higher Level (or Grade C3 or above at Ordinary Level) in one of the following: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics, Construction Studies, Agricultural Science, Biology

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places. The University’s Special Mathematics Examination is not applicable to this programme. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Career Prospects

As a graduate of this programme, you will be eligible for appointment to all second level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive schools), and for registration with the Teaching Council.

While the primary aim of the programme is the attainment of a professional competence in teaching, the course will also enable you to undertake science-based careers in industry.

A number of our graduates have taken up appointments in the IT software industry, industrial training, specialist science based sales sectors and environmental science.

Graduates of this programme have also undertaken further study leading to postgraduate qualifications at Graduate Diploma, Masters and PhD levels.

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Student Profile

Andrea Silke
I chose Science as I felt it would be an enjoyable subject to teach, something you could really do your best with as a teacher and get the pupils really enthusiastic about. The courses here already had the Higher Diploma built into the qualification so as far as I was concerned it was where I wanted to be.

Coming into the course, I had just leaving cert. biology - no physics or chemistry - but I found with a small effort, it worked out just fine.

As part of the course requirements, we go on 6 weeks Teaching Practice during the second semester of second year. The majority of people go to a school in their home locality for these 6 weeks. I did my teaching practice in an all-girl’s school in Tuam, Co.Galway. As much as I missed Limerick, I loved every minute of the teaching. This experience really quenched any uncertainties I had, not to mention the nerves!

David Tidswell
The highlight of the course is definitely the teaching placement in which you are immersed completely in a school environment. During these placements, I developed great confidence in my teaching ability. The experience helps you to discover the kind of teacher you are and learn more about yourself as a person.

Here at UL, various learner support systems are in place to help those having difficulty with subjects they may not have done for Leaving Cert. Personally, I had never studied Physics at school and found that by dropping in to the Science Learning Centre, I was well able to keep up with classmates. College has been THE best time of my life and choosing this course has definitely helped in making it the enjoyable experience it has been.

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