We expect candidates for the Secondary PGCE (QTS) to be able to demonstrate the academic quality to teach the subject that they will be training to teach. This will include a strong academic record at A level or equivalent in relevant subjects, along with a strong degree (usually a minimum of 2:2) relevant to the subject taught. In all cases we will be looking at the relevance of your degree, other qualifications and experiences related to your proposed teaching subject in assessing academic suitability. You must also have GCSE Maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) or equivalent qualifications which will be a condition of any offer, if not already achieved. Equivalency tests will be accepted but only from equivalency testing.
All applicants to the Secondary PGCE (QTS) Biology programme must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an equivalent qualification. Your degree should have at least 50% Biology related to the National Curriculum. You should also have two science A Levels (or equivalent) including Biology.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact us on ITEadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk
You must also:
- complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up a place.
- complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
- agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.
Months of entry
On the Biology Postgraduate Certificate Secondary Education course you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. The School of Education benefits from our unique collaboration with University of Birmingham School as well as a wide range of partner schools, including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience on the PGCE Biology course.
The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted inspectors which affirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training.
You may also be interested in our other three PGCE Science courses:
Fees and funding
You may be eligible for bursaries of up to £10,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified Biology teachers.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time9 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details