Taught course

Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Biology

Leeds Beckett University · Carnegie School of Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second-class honours degree relevant to secondary education in or related to the subject area the candidate is applying for.

All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) before making their application.

Evidence of recent experience in a UK Secondary school must have been completed prior to you making your application. Other experiences of working with children may be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

Use your knowledge and passion for biology to inspire pupils and learn how to create exciting experiments that will fire your pupils' interest and hunger to achieve. You will learn how to guide them through an experimental process, manipulating key variables so as to prove a biological theory, instil confidence and sharpen their scientific skills and knowledge.

We will also show you how to use practical activities centred on plant life to produce exciting lessons, fuelling your pupils' interest in biology while also building your confidence as an innovative teacher. Kindling your pupils' interest in the world outside of the classroom will be another key element of your training. You will learn how to use the outdoors to energise the learning environment and bring the subject of biology to life.

Aside from developing your ability to teach, you will also hone your communication and interpersonal skills. You will be able to instil confidence in your pupils so they can achieve their potential, and you will learn how to motivate support staff so they can help you deliver outstanding lessons.

You will also develop a solid understanding of the relevant guidelines issued by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure all the classes and experiments you deliver and supervise will be safe.

This course is offered through School Direct.

For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

We have been identified as one of the leading teacher training providers in England. We are one of only 25 universities to have had their initial teacher training allocations confirmed for the next three years, an acknowledgement by the Department for Education of their excellent provision.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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