Taught course

Secondary Science with Biology

Middlesex University · Middlesex University

Entry requirements

For PGCE Secondary Science with Biology, you need a first degree in a related subject at 2:2 or above. You are also required to have qualifications in English and mathematics equivalent to GCSE grade C. We also require you to have completed at least two weeks in a Secondary school setting in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland prior to applying. Professional skills tests Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven’t passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please visit our dedicated webpage for further information about how to prepare and book for the profesional skills tests.

Months of entry


Course content

The Middlesex PGCE course in Secondary Science is a one year full-time course. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

The course aims to prepare you for the teaching profession. It will:

  • Enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils and their learning
  • Develop your expertise in highly specialised professional skills in a context where you'll need to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Equip you with the pedagogic knowledge, understanding and skills to teach effectively across the 11-16 age range
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Secondary Science curriculum
  • Enable you to understand, critically evaluate and respond to the needs of children in multicultural, multilingual and multifaith settings and schools in an international, urban environment.

We have a full range of specialist Science and teaching facilities on-site and the course includes specialist mentors fromm our partner schools. There is a strong emphasis on the use of ICT in Science and you will be expected to explore up to date developments in this area.

In 2012, the secondary teacher training programmes at Middlesex were rated Good with Outstanding Features (by Ofsted), an excellent result for a large and diverse provider of teacher training.

The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course involves students from all three science disciplines working together as a group. Teaching science at Key Stage 3 requires competence across the whole range of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. This involves teaching the concepts and processes of how science works through the study of organisms, behaviour and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and forces, and the environment, Earth and universe. This also involves integrating the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works. The PGCE Secondary Science with Biology course therefore begins with a general mix of biology, chemistry and biology to enable all you to teach all three sciences at KS3.

However, you will then be able to focus on teaching biology since, as well as being able to teach all the science specified in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science at Key Stage 3, you will also be required to specialise in the teaching of biology topics at KS4, within a broad and balanced science curriculum.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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