Taught course

Secondary Biology PGCE

University of Brighton · School of Education

Entry requirements

  • Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in biology or a subject that is closely related.
  • GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) at least in English language and maths.

Months of entry


Course content

Our (Secondary) Biology PGCE leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status for the 11–16 age range and offers enrichment opportunities to teach age 16–18.

We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent biology teacher. You will benefit from also teaching chemistry and physics and we will develop your subject and pedagogical knowledge to be able to do this.

Our teaching graduates' benefit from excellent employment rates that are consistently above the sector average. Plus, we’ll support you through your first few years as an early career teacher.

At Brighton you’ll train to teach with an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ provider and be educated by an expert team.

You’ll gain practical experiences in two carefully selected schools – we have over 600 placement partners offering a variety of opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings.

At university you’ll learn in our specialist science lab and other facilities that replicate those used in schools.

We offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement If your degree was awarded more than five years ago, isn’t in biology but is closely related, or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching.

You could be eligible for a £25,000 bursary if starting this course in 2024.

Brighton is one of the UKs largest teacher training universities and has been educating teachers and leaders for over 100 years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course enquiries
01273 644644