PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Biology (11-16 years)

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

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Course code C1X1

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UCAS

Course code C1X1

Key course details

Location Lancaster, School Direct
Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Learn about the National Curriculum framework in science and our expert tutors will support you to plan, resource and deliver lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities.

The course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built in and students will apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the course of their studies and teaching practice.

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our PGCE Secondary Education in Biology is fully compliant with the Department for Education (DfE) requirements, so you can expect to do a minimum of 120 days in two contrasting schools giving you the essential hands-on experience you need for future employment.

Plus, we ensure that our course gives you plenty of hands-on experience - whether delivering lessons, using ICT, assessing work - to prepare you to confidently step into a classroom, teach effectively while keeping the interest and enthusiasm of your pupils and become a great teacher.

You won’t be dropped in the deep end. You will start by working with individual groups of pupils in school and gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes so you can develop the appropriate levels of pupils’ learning required of you to become a qualified teacher.

  • Take advantage of the PGCE Scholarship Bursary. 
  • Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)
  • Our excellent partnerships with schools in Lancashire and Cumbria enhance your placement and job prospects
  • A high number of our students get offered jobs from teaching placements
  • Experience two contrasting school placements where you can put the theory you learn in lectures and seminars into real-world practice, giving you valuable work experience
  • Our academic tutors have backgrounds as highly-experienced secondary teachers or within the education sector and knowing what it is like to be a professional teacher, their first-hand experience will support your learning
  • Our tutors are active researchers in education, so your learning will be up-to-date and fresh with the latest thinking and practices
  • A personal tutor will guide you throughout your studies and your subject mentor will support your professional development at your placement
  • Easy access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment providing easy online access to course material, as well as our library, well stocked with education books and journals you need for research
  • Free use of classroom props and learning aids that you can use on placements to enhance your teaching
  • Flexibility to study either online or at our campus in Lancaster
  • Access to new and modern social and study spaces, technology and facilities on campus

Although you will specialise in biology, you will also learn how to teach chemistry and physics – making you a great candidate for any science department.

Our Lancaster campus is also home to our Learning, Education and Development (LED) research centre, where our tutors are involved in leading and publishing high-quality educational research to inform educational practice and policy.

During the past 100 years, with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside, we have gained a great track record for inspiring teachers and helping them step into employment.

So, let us kick-start your career as a biology teacher so you can share your love of science with young people.

PGCE Scholarship

Scholarship fund worth up to £2,000

We're offering a PGCE scholarship worth up to £2,000 to alumni of University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

Graduate destinations

With QTS built in, you'll be able to apply for a position as a high school science teacher immediately after graduation.