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

Course Details

Course Code: LM092

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2017: 479
Course Leader: Dr John O'Reilly
Phone: 00 353 61 233744
Email: john.oreilly@ul.ie

Admissions
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Email: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

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 Bachelor of Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Biology and Chemistry OR Physics OR Agricultural Science) 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 to honours Leaving Certificate level
  • Chemistry or Physics or Agricultural Science 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 biology, along with your chosen elective (chemistry or physics or agricultural science) are combined with periods of school placement in which you will gain experience of teaching.

The first two years of study provide a foundation in:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • 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 second level 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.

After Year 1, you will specialize in the more advanced study of biology, and either chemistry OR physics OR agricultural science. 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 topic. This will develop your skills in analysis, problem solving and scientific writing.

For further details, log on to https://scieng.ul.ie/departments/life-sciences/

Offered jointly by the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Year1 Semester 1 (30ECTS) Semester 2 (36 ECTS)
BY4001 Biology 1 BY4002 Biology 2
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 CH4252 Inorganic Chemistry 1B
PH4131 Mechanics/Heat/Electricity/Magnetism CH4054 Physical Chemistry 1
MA4601 Science Mathematics 1 MA4602 Science Mathematics 2
EN4041 Contemporary Understanding and thinking on education EN4022 Educational Technology for Teaching and learning
    EN4032 Understanding young people and they learn
         
Year 2 Semester 3 (36 ECTS) Semester 4 (30 ECTS)
BY4013 General Microbiology SE4014 Teaching Science 1
LS4003 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology EN4034 Preparation for School Placement
BY4023 Animal Diversity TP4014 School Placement 1
CH4013 Organic Chemistry 2    
EN4033 Planning for Learning    
EN4043 Understanding Classroom Practices    
         
Year 3 Semester 5 (36 ECTS) Semester 6 (36 ECTS)
BY4015 Plant Physiology BY4104 Ecology 1
BY4035 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry CH4354 Analytical Chemistry for the Environment
CH4253 Inorganic Chemistry 2B CH4104 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CH4003 Physical Chemistry 2 PH4102 Waves/Light/Modern Physics
EN4015 Curricullum and Policy Studies SE4006 Teaching Science 2
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1 Contemporary Perspectives EN4026 Inclusive Education 2 Special Educational Needs
GA4006 Optional - An Ghaeilge Ghairmiuil
         
Year 4 Semester 7 (33 ECTS) Semester 8 (33 ECTS)
TP4017 School Placement 2 BY4008 Genetics and Molecular Biology
EN4037 Understanding Schools BY4214 Priniciples of Human Nutrition
LS4007 Final Year Project LS4008 Final Year Project
    CH4554 Environmental Chemistry
    CH4017 Nanotechnology
    EN4018 Teacher as Professional
       

Elective Route B: Biology and Physics

Year1 Semester 1 (30ECTS) Semester 2 (36 ECTS)
BY4001 Biology 1 BY4002 Biology 2
PH4131 Mechanics/Heat/Electricity/Magnetism PH4102 Waves/Light/Modern Physics
EN4041 Contemporary Understanding and Thinking on Education EN4022 Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 EN4032 Understanding Young People and How they Learn
MA4601 Science Mathematics 1 CH4252 Inorganic Chemistry 1B
    MA4602 Science Mathematics
         
Semester 3 (36 ECTS) Semester 4 (30 ECTS)
BY4013 General Microbiology SE4014 Teaching Science 1
LS4003 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology EN4034 Preparation for School Placement
BY4023 Animal Diversity TP4014 School Placement 1
PH4051 Measurement & Properties of Matter    
EN4033 Planning for Learning    
EN4043 Understanding Classroom Practices    
         
Semester 5 (36 ECTS) Semester 6 (36 ECTS)
BY4015 Plant Physiology BY4104 Ecology 1
BY4035 Cellular Biology and BioChemistry PH4072 Electromagnetism
PH4041 Optics PH4092 Semiconductor Devices
PH4003 Mechanical Energy PH4018 Medical Instrumentation
EN4015 Curriculum and Policy Studies SE4006 Teaching Science 2
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1 Contemporary Perspectives EN4026 Inclusive Education 2 Special Educational Needs
         
Semester 7 (33 ECTS) Semester 8 (33 ECTS)
TP4017 School Placement 2 BY4008 Genetics and Molecular Biology
EN4037 Understanding Schools BY4214 Principles of Human Nutrition
LS4007 Final Year Project LS4008 Final Year Project
    PH4042 Thermal Physics
    PH4132 Modern Physics
    EN4018 Teacher as Professional
     

Elective Route C: Biology and Agricultural Science

Semester 1 (30ECTS) Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
BY4001 Biology 1 BY4002 Biology 2
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 CH4252 Inorganic Chemistry 1B
PH4131 Mechanics/Heat/Electricity/Magnetism PH4102 Waves/Light/Modern Physics
MA4601 Science Mathematics 1 EN4022 Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning
EN4041 Contemporary Understanding and Thinking on Education EN4032 Understanding Young People and How They Learn
         
Semester 3 (36 ECTS) Semester 4 (30 ECTS)
BY4013 General Microbiology SE4014 Teaching Science 1
LS4003 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology EN4034 Preperation for School Placement
BY4215 Soil Science TP4014 School Placement 1
BY4023 Animal Diversity    
EN4033 Planning for Learning    
EN4043 Understanding Classroom Practices    
         
Semester 5 (36 ECTS) Semester 6 (30 ECTS)
BY4015 Plant Physiology BY4104 Ecology 1
BY4035 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry BY4016 Animal Production Systems
BY4055 Animal Feeding & Digestion BY4026 Horticulture
BY4025 Crop and Grassland Science SE4006 Teaching Science 2
EN4015 Curriculum and Policy Studies EN4026 Inclusive Education 2 Special Educational Needs
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1 Contemporary Perspectives    
         
Semester 7 (33 ECTS) Semester 8 (33 ECTS)
TP4017 School Placement 2 BY4008 Genetics and Molecular Biology
EN4037 Understanding Schools BY4214 Principles of Human Nutrition
LS4007 Final Year Project LS4008 Final Year Projects
    BY4505 Pollution Biology
    BY4036 Agricultural Biotechnology
    EN4018 Teacher as Professional

 

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold an O3/ H7 grade in Mathematics and an O4/ H7 grade in at least one of the following: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science.

Agricultural Science; Technology; Design & Communication Graphics /Technical Drawing.

† 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

Graduates of the degree programme are eligible for appointment to all second level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive schools), and for registration with the Teaching Council. The primary aim of the programme is the attainment of a professional competence in teaching, and the majority of graduates pursue a career in second-level science teaching.

A number of our graduates have taken up appointments in teaching- related areas or areas outside teaching, including 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.

Jack Corrigan
I am a full-time teacher of science, biology and maths. My work-load varies from day-to-day depending on my time table. In general I start with some prep work followed by classes. Corrections, administration work, preparing experiments and marking exams are all part of the job. Teaching also involves liaising with parents, other teachers, guidance counsellors and other professionals. In my non-contact hours I am involved in pastoral care, coaching, Young Scientist and various extracurricular activities with the students. There are also parent teacher meetings, exam supervision and many other tasks associated with the teaching life. Though sometimes demanding and challenging, teaching can be very rewarding.

My course at UL prepared me superbly for my career as a teacher - it allowed me to study both Education and Science concurrently, so that on graduating, I was fully qualified and ready for the workplace without the need to do a postgraduate course.

Jack’s tip:

If you want to be a Science Teacher, put your best foot forward particularly on your teaching practise, because this is the place where you learn your trade, network and make connections that can be hugely beneficial to you in your later career. Enjoy your student years - take all UL has to offer you. It’s an opportunity to explore who you are, to get to know yourself and make new friends.

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