Taught course

Secondary Biology

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold a good Honours degree (a 2:2 or above) in a relevant subject (normally 50% subject content of an honours degree), or a recognised equivalent qualification. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will undertake a written task to assess your level of standard English and a mathematics diagnostic task to assess your numeracy skills. For entry onto a teaching programme you will be required to pass the Skill tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencement of the course. Please visit the Department of Education (DfE) website for further information. Potential applicants would benefit from engaging in School Experience within a secondary mainstream setting, within their chosen subject specialism. Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements for Initial Teacher Training by successfully completing an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring System (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE course in Biology at Newman University blends extensive school experience with school focussed taught University sessions that will prepare you to excel in as a teacher of Science in secondary school and to develop leadership potential in the Biology curriculum.

Science teaching sessions at Newman are delivered in modern high quality laboratories that are designed both to model a school environment and provide an adult learning environment to enhance your training. You will have access to these laboratory facilities and technician support to facilitate the development of subject knowledge in Biology through the experience of developing school practical work.

Taught sessions in Science combine the Biology, Chemistry and Physics cohorts to address areas of the curriculum, such as chemical reactions, forces and plant nutrition, which present pupils with particular difficulties. These topics also provide a context to examine the pedagogy of science teaching through themes and case studies of effective classroom practice. By combining the subjects you will develop the understanding and skills to teach all three science subjects effectively to GCSE enhancing your employability.

Newman is recognised as provided PGCE students with extensive and effective support during the course to ensure that you are able to develop as a teacher and overcome the inevitable difficulties

Fees and funding

UK students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Adrian Warhurst
0121 476 1181 ext2438
0121 476 1196