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Secondary School Direct (Biology) PGCE with QTS

Secondary School Direct (Biology) PGCE with QTS

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching In Primary Schools Biology (General) Sciences Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

In conjunction with Secondary Lead School partners, the University of Chester offer Biology (11-16 with sixth form enhancement) as a subject specialism leading to the award PGCE with QTS.

Course overview

Teaching is an extremely rewarding and challenging career. Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be an outstanding teacher.

We aim to nurture teachers who are passionate about the development of their own and their pupils' learning.

Biology is taught in conjunction with Lead Secondary Partnership Schools.

Why study this course with us?

The course allows you to teach Secondary Science with a focus on your specialism. You will develop your subject knowledge, practical skills, and pedagogy in all aspects of science at KS3, whilst also developing your expertise in your preferred discipline of Biology at KS4 and KS5 depending on your degree and experience.

Science enhanced with Biology

For this you need a good honours degree with a significant proportion of Biology plus the ability to demonstrate an enthusiasm for science and science education. Again, a there is a wide selection of degrees which will be considered.

The course is designed to ensure you are confident in all basic national curriculum requirements.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.


This module straddles two contrasting placements and as such provides an arena for exploring contrasts between curriculum and pedagogy within the specialist subject and between institutions. Throughout the content articulated beneath, ATs will develop their commitment to inclusivity in all its forms, safeguarding and well-being of children. and establish a positive learning environment that respects diversity, and the dignity of all children. ATs will also develop their contributions to a rich and empowering curriculum by planning sequences of lessons that ensure the progression of all and develop strategies for supporting their own well-being and a sustainable work-life balance within an increasing workload. ATs will participate in a supportive culture of enquiry that will act to build resilience to criticism and as an initiation to the principles and ethics of self-improvement in a Professional Learning Community into the NQT years.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold or be expected to gain a minimum 2:2 honours degree (2:1 preferred) with a significant proportion of Biology plus the ability to demonstrate an enthusiasm for science and science education, have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more