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Entry requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on the PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University.

Months of entry

January, February, March, April, May, July

Course content

If you have applied to study on the PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University and require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you. The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in biology to prepare you to teach the conceptual and applied aspects of the subject effectively, with competence, enthusiasm and confidence, to learners aged 11-16 years. Trainees will be encouraged to prepare for teaching A-level topics where appropriate. Different programmes are available and the most suitable structure for you will depend on whether you studied a degree in a science discipline or a non-science subject. The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect the needs of each individual trainee. The programme has six intakes per year. These include an 8-week course starting in July, a 16-week course starting in April, and a 28-week course starting in January.

Fees and funding

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement programme which is funded by the Department for Education.If you need to complete a subject knowledge enhancement programme during academic year 2021/22, you may be eligible to receive a bursary of £175 per week. To be eligible for this bursary, you must have accepted a conditional offer of a place on a PGCE, with completion of a subject knowledge enhancement course as one of the offer conditions. Please note, additional Department for Education eligibility criteria will also apply.For further information about bursary eligibility, you can contact a Get Into Teaching adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use the online chat service at

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


There are no formal examinations. You will build a portfolio from directed activities.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171