Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Biology

Institution
University of Birmingham · School of Education
Qualifications
PGDE(QTS)

Entry requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Biology course must hold a degree or equivalent qualification from a UK Higher Education Institution. Your degree content must be at least 50% biology relevant to the National Curriculum. You should also have 2 science A levels or the equivalent.

A GCSE in Mathematics and English (Grade 4 or above*) or an equivalent qualification must be attained before making your application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Science: Biology) leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Our programme, which offers high quality training and support, will prepare you to teach in the 11-18 age range and is run in close partnership with schools.

On the Biology Postgraduate Diploma 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 PGDipEd Biology course.

PGDipEd (QTS) Secondary Biology is also offered as a School Direct programme with Lordswood Girls’ School, St Paul’s Caritas Christi and Wood Green ITT Alliance.

On successful completion of your PGDipEd, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.

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 two PGDipEd Science courses:

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Chemistry

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Physics

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250
International students
£20,430

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

  • PGDE(QTS)
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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