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Secondary Education (Biology)

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Applied Sciences

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Entry requirements

  • To be qualified for a PGDE in Biology, candidates must have a degree which contains at least 80 credits in Biology. The following degrees are not acceptable: Nursing, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Veterinary, Medicine, Nutrition, and Physiology when combined with Sports Science.
  • Your degree should contain at least two graduating courses (80 credits) in a relevant subject.
  • A range of the following degree subjects are acceptable: Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Human Biology or Bio-molecular Sciences.
  • A minimum of 40 credits should be from Year 2 of undergraduate study. Ordinary Degrees are also acceptable.
  • We also require SQA Higher English at Grade C or equivalent as well as SQA National 5 Mathematics or SQA National 5 Applications of Mathematics at grade C or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our new courses are designed by teachers, for teachers, so you’re confident, experienced and equipped for the classroom from day one.

This new course is designed to blend your subject knowledge with the experiences of successful teachers so you can grow your motivation, confidence and creativity as a new teacher.

How you'll be taught

This is a one-year, full-time course, split into three trimesters.

Starting in August, you will spend a total of 18 weeks in university and 18 weeks in secondary school placements which will help you to understand and develop the skills needed to be a professional teacher.

You will be taught by experienced lecturers who have extensive knowledge of both the Higher Education sector and secondary schools.

You’ll also work with the wider educational community and experts who will give you advice and support on many issues affecting young people and school communities.


The university-based work consists of four modules based around the school curriculum and the way it is taught (Curricular Pedagogy and Educational Studies).

These four modules will help develop your skills as a dynamic and effective teacher. All modules are SCQF Level 11.

  • Learning & Teaching 1 & 2 - You will explore effective methodologies and curriculum design, and keep up-to-date with current initiatives from the Scottish Government’s ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ and ‘The Attainment Challenge’ policies.
  • Understanding Learning & Teaching - This module will explore the theory and policy underpinning our educational system, exploring behaviour management, additional support needs and more, both in theory and practice. Visiting experts will offer professional advice on complex issues.
  • Professional Enquiry - This module will prepare you to undertake an action research project. The project will be combined with an interdisciplinary project in your later placement, giving invaluable insight into the complexities of making changes to practice and equipping you with research methods.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, from critical reflection to literature reviews.

During your school placements your assessments will be formal classroom observations.

You will also report on your classroom-based research and present your project at a practitioner conference.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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