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PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS (11-16)

PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS (11-16)

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Biology (General) Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Remember the first time you looked at cells under the microscope? Or how you unravelled the process of photosynthesis? Bring that enthusiasm into your own classroom as a secondary school biology teacher.

During our PGCE Secondary Science (Biology), you’ll study the latest teaching theory and how to apply this in practice. Find out how to spark your pupils’ curiosity about the world around them while building their practical and analytical skills.

You’ll develop in-depth subject knowledge in your specialism of biology. We’ll also make sure you’re prepared to support with teaching chemistry and physics, especially at key stage 3. Throughout the course, we’ll encourage you to reflect on your learning to help you become the best biology teacher you can be.

Boost your skills in lesson planning, managing the classroom, teaching methods, and more. Then put what you’ve learnt into practice in a real classroom. During your 26 weeks on placement, you’ll plan, teach and assess biology lessons with support from your school-based mentor.

We’ll be there for you every step of the way as you work towards taking the lead in the classroom. Turn to your personal tutor whenever you need advice or help overcoming hurdles.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


The Expert Science Teacher: Subject Knowledge as the Foundation of Expertise focuses on subject and curriculum knowledge in secondary science education. Adopting a joint academic and professional focus, the module includes various strands of development that will enhance your subject knowledge in science, including Key Stage 2 transition and post-16 education, while also exploring the science curriculum, subject pedagogy and application to practice. You will critically reflect on the curriculum experiences of different types of learners, contribute to improvements in teaching science in your placement settings, and develop the desire to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy throughout your teaching career.

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Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have: a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. Non-relevant subjects may be considered if you have an A Level (or equivalent qualification) in Biology and a willingness to engage in subject knowledge enhancement; GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; and a commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

University information

Edge Hill University has been inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885. An ethos of ‘creating opportunity from knowledge’ fuels everything that the university does to deliver education excellence. Through its high-quality teaching, exceptional research and scholarship opportunities, Edge Hill opens doors to change. Given the right opportunities and environment students are empowered to create a different future, not just for themselves...more

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