Taught course

Secondary Science: Biology

Institution
Birmingham City University · Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

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Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, with a significant biology or biology-related content. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to enrolment and if you are offered an interview you will complete a written task to assess your standard of English. You will need to attend selection interview.
It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to enrolment.
Selection Interview
The selection interview will assess your subject knowledge and personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.
You will also complete a written task to assess your standard of English.
Applicants must meet Deparment for Education requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Are you passionate about inspiring young people to learn all about Biology, from the human body to the natural world? With so many important careers in healthcare and science dependent on people with skills and knowledge in this area, your ability to get your students excited about Biology is vital.

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. As you progress, you’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which we offer over 16 weeks, before you start your PGCE.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development.

Information for international students

Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.

Fees and funding

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher and are dependent on degree classification

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE(QTS)
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Pre-entry Enquiries Team
Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0)121 331 5595