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

Bachelor of Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Biology and Chemistry OR Physics OR Agricultural Science)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
507
Course code:
LM092
Duration:
4 Years

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
John O'Reilly
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 233744
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

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?

UL's School of Education is the largest post-primary teacher education provider in the state and is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Education programmes. University of Limerick is also ranked within the top 75 universities in Europe for excellence in teaching and learning.

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

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What you will study

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.

The science pedagogics modules in your degree have been designed in close collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (who designed the new specifications) and the Junior Cycle for Teachers (who are tasked with associated professional development for teachers). In addition, the course director was a member of the development group that designed the junior cycle specification. This ensures that graduates are thoroughly prepared for the totality of science education in Irish schools which is well aligned with international best-practice.

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
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

 

Year 1 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  
         
Year 2 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      
         
Year 3 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      
         
Year 4 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

CAO points history 507
Minimum grades

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.

Subject requirements

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.

Additional considerations

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.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Frank McGourty Award
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These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

Education

  • Problem- solving skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Project management
  • Practical skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • An ability to communicate information effectively

Science

  • Communication skills, for presenting effective oral and written arguments
  • IT skills
  • Interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Organisation and time-management skills, for prioritising your teaching workload
  • Self-management, for planning your own workload and reflecting on and improving personal practice

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
39% 44% 11% 4% 2% 54 56 2014
50% 22% 17% 0% 11% 46 55 2015
58% 25% 9% 2% 6% 36 49 2016
72% 24% 2% 0% 2% 42 58 2017
73% 20% 7% 0% 0% 30 55 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Agricultural Science Secondary School Teacher
  • Biology, Chemistry & Ag. Science Teacher
  • Chemistry and Science Teacher
  • Emirates Cabin Crew
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Part-Time Ag. Science And Chemistry Teacher
  • Physics Teacher
  • Post-Primary Teacher
  • Research Assistant
  • Science Teacher
  • Science, Biology & Physics Teacher
  • Trainee Accountant

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-girls 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!

Graduate Profile - 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 into 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.

Graduate Profile - Jack Corrigan

I am a full-time teacher of science, biology and maths. My work-load varies from day-to-day depending on my timetable. 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.