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PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with Qualified Teacher Status

PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with Qualified Teacher Status

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Biology (General) Mathematics Teaching Teaching (General) Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

  • Train for a rewarding career in secondary biology teaching.
  • 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 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.

How you learn

This course provides an advanced academic qualification alongside the real-world experience that is so vital for teaching. Along with honing your biology skills, you'll learn crucial techniques in behaviour management and student support. There are 120 days of school-based training that allow you to become used to the realities of teaching before graduation. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.

You learn through

  • 120 days of school-based training across at least two settings
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • observation
  • collaborative planning
  • one-to-one sessions
  • group work
  • practical work
  • independent study
  • written assessments

Future careers

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

Many of our students go into full-time positions at their placement school. The course is vocational in nature, and our graduate employment rate is usually well in excess of 90%.


School Based Training 2 - Core
School Based Training 1 - Core
Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy In Secondary Science (Biology) (30 Credits) - Core
Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of biology or biological study. Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics, 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.

University information

When studying a postgraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University, students will be working at the cutting edge using the latest techniques, ideas, practices, and insights to address contemporary issues in their discipline, professional practice and the workplace. There are over 30,000 students at Sheffield Hallam University, and just over 6,000 of those are studying at postgraduate level. The university places a particular focus on...more

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