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Secondary Science (Biology) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Sciences Teaching Biology Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course ensures that you're fully prepared for a career in teaching secondary biology. We help you to grow academically and professionally, gaining advanced qualifications alongside practical training. You'll graduate as an experienced and employable biology teacher, ready to inspire and impart your enthusiasm. You can enhance your learning on our biology SKE course. Gain hands-on experience with 120 days of school-based training. Benefit from a supportive, collaborative environment that produces exceptional teachers. Attain a masters-level PGCE or a PCE alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Prepare for work on a course with a 90% employment record and bursaries available. This course provides an advanced academic qualification alongside the real-world experience that is so vital for teaching. This course prepares you for a career in: teaching Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 biology; academic research via masters-level study and PhD; local authority/voluntary sector work or research; non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts; enrichment work with young people; more general graduate roles including, for example, retail management and the civil service.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Developing and Reflecting on Subject Knowledge and Subject Pedagogy
Developing and Reflecting on Professional Practice
School Based Training 1
School Based Training 2

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. They also need an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent, that includes substantial study in at least one modern foreign language. Or they need to be a native speaker of French, Spanish or German with any degree plus evidence of recent language study. Students are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in modern foreign languages-related or other educational activities.

University information

There are more than 30,000 students currently at Sheffield Hallam, with more than 7,000 of those studying at postgraduate level. Sheffield Hallam University focuses heavily on industry experience and applied learning. You will study in the heart of Sheffield City centre, on one of the many postgraduate taught and research courses. They are shaped to help prepare you for highly skilled employment, creative problem-solving and dealing with...more

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