Taught course

School Direct (Tuition Fee): Biology

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Biology or a Biology-related subject.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Biology PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

This established programme provides students with the professional knowledge and skills they need to teach all aspects of science to pupils up to age 16, as well as gaining some experience of teaching pupils aged up to 18. We are committed to creative and interactive approaches to teaching science to promote student learning.

During teaching practice, student teachers benefit from the support of specialist subject mentors within our network of over 200 schools throughout Greater London and beyond, ensuring that each has the opportunity to become a skilled and confident teacher.

The Biology PGCE offers unique opportunities,such as teaching sessions at Kew Gardens and various museums, and residential trips, developing students\' understanding of science education outside the classroom.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE is delivered via keynote lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement in the host school/alliance. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, assignments and a portfolio (which links with continuing professional development in the induction year).

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214