Taught course

Secondary Science with Biology/Chemistry/Physics

London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Entry requirements

You should have a science degree classification of 2.2 or above that provides sufficient coverage of biology, chemistry or physics for you to train to become a specialist teacher of one of these three disciplines. Ideally, this should be supported by study of science subjects at A Level; for example, one science and/or maths, or an additional science subject. Alternative qualifications or suitable occupational experience will be considered. You would normally apply for the course (i.e. Science with Biology, Science with Chemistry or Science with Physics) that most closely matches your degree subject; if you are uncertain about which course to apply for, please seek further guidance from the Course Leader. In addition, you need GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. It is possible to take a test set by the institution if you have a GCSE Grade D or equivalent.You should also gain at least three days experience of a secondary school, observing lessons in the science department. If you do not have the requisite subject background, you may be asked to follow a six-month paid Chemistry or Physics Enhancement Course before taking up a place on the course. On successful completion of the Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course you will move onto the PGCE. Institute of Physics Scholarships.

Months of entry


Course content

These PGCE courses (you choose either Biology, Chemistry or Physics) prepare you for teaching at Key Stage 3-4 (11-16 year olds) and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses are full-time, one-year programmes, which aim to produce competent, professional teachers of all aspects of school science at least up to age 14, as well as your specialist science subject of biology, chemistry or physics up to at least age 16.
Some training in post-16 teaching is also provided, where appropriate.
Many University-based sessions will take place in the new Science Centre, which offers unparalleled facilities for teaching and research, including a Super Lab that gives you a cutting edge experience of learning science.
A number of sessions are taught at the University’s £30 million Science Centre and there is a focus on teaching science in a multilingual, urban context.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202