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Secondary Education Science with Biology, PGCE

Secondary Education Science with Biology, PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

Become a biology teacher and inspire pupils to embrace the natural sciences. Begin your training with a secondary education PGCE in science.

Our Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to become a secondary school teacher of science, specialising in biology. You will focus on addressing the needs of pupils aged 11-16 and beyond, working with professionals from specialist science organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology. We also partner with the adventure learning charity Wide Horizons, who will support your training in the area of fieldwork, conservation and ecology.

During your time with us, you will develop your teaching skills, learning how to address the needs of secondary school pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4. You will also develop your expertise, practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of science. You will emerge fully equipped to be formally assessed against the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Placements are a core element of teacher training which enable our trainees to put theory into practice in a supportive environment.

We are extremely lucky to work with a wide range of partners across London, Essex and Kent to support our trainees. We work closely with trainees when deciding on placements to ensure that trainees get the best training possible whilst on our programmes.

Our strong partnerships ensure our trainees are well supported and have outstanding experiences whilst training with us.

How long is my placement?

Our one-year course comprises of 60 days of university training and 120 days of school-based placements.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module complements the subject studies and school placements and covers those aspects of teaching and learning, and the wider role of the teacher which all secondary school teachers need to understand and engage with. It also gives trainees an opportunity to explore deeply an area of professional and/or pedagogic interest. Trainees will be able to develop a good understanding and awareness of the relationship between educational theory and practice in order to develop the ability to apply their knowledge to educational settings they have experienced, or are experiencing, and which will also inform their future teaching.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A 2:2 or above in an honours degree in a relevant subject; Plus GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above, or a recognised equivalent. (We accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A Star Equivalency Testing.)

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