Taught course

Secondary Science with Biology

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, with a significant biology or biology-related content, for example from BSc Pharmacy, BSc Microbiology, or BSc Bioengineering. 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 take a written test 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.
For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Pre-Interview School Experience
For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting.
In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.
It will support your application to undertake this teaching episode prior to application and in advance of your interview.
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 take a written test to assess your standard of English.
Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership 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


Course content

There is a national shortage of science teachers, including Biology teachers, and Birmingham City University School of Education and Social Work is helping to fill the gap by producing teachers of excellence who can inspire young people in the classroom.

We believe science is an exciting subject and the PGCE Secondary Biology course at Birmingham City University enables you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach successfully, as well as explore the knowledge, skills and understanding young people need as part of their science education.

As well as taking advantage of the superb new facilities at the School of Education and Social Work, which include a newly commissioned teaching lab and top-of-the-range ICT provision, you will have access to school-based facilities, enabling you to train in the environment in which you will be working.

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

UK students
International students

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

The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44(0)121 331 5595