Entry requirements



  • Degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Involvement with young people, e.g., coaching, youth club.
  • Recent connections with Secondary education.
  • An awareness of issues in Biology education.

Months of entry


Course content

Trainees come together with Emmaline Fletcher-Sykes, the Subject Leader, for a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the related pedagogy. Biology is a vast and complex subject and most trainees have a detailed knowledge of only one strand. Support to develop all strands is given throughout the year from Emmaline and visiting experts. Trainees support each other, sharing highs and lows, resources and lesson ideas, contributing to sessions and undertaking follow-up tasks.

The course is divided into four modules and their purpose is to introduce, develop, broaden and extend trainees’ knowledge of their subject. Most pathway sessions take place at Pittville School in Cheltenham on a Thursday afternoon. Some sessions are held at other local schools. A visit to the ASE conference extends trainees’ subject knowledge and provides ideas for enriching the teaching of Biology.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A Levels and an undergraduate degree.

Fees and funding

UK students
PGCE - £9,000 QTS - £8,000

Please see the finance page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


part time
10 months

Course contact details

01242 505945