Taught course


University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Biology course must hold a degree or equivalent qualification. Your degree content must be at least 50% biology relevant to the National Curriculum. You should have 2 science A levels and a good pass in GCSE science or the equivalent. All candidates also have to: have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications. pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers provide a satisfactory medical form complete an enhanced DBS/police check complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Months of entry


Course content

This Science: Biology one-year PGDipEd (QTS) course prepares you for life as a science teacher, with a specialism in biology. The course develops your skills and abilities in understanding the complexities which surround the teaching and learning of science; the subject knowledge and the pedagogy. We hope to develop you as a reflective teacher who considers carefully the choices in how to teach Science: Biology and makes informed decisions about how you work best with students. Bursaries of £20,000 (for 1st class degrees) and £15,000 (for 2:1 degrees) are available for this subject.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005