• An Honours degree in science (2:2 or above). If you've got an overseas degree, we'll need a full transcript of your award and details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.
• Two science A levels at a minimum of grade C or equivalent, with one subject being Biology.
• GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
• We would like you to have as much experience as possible in a secondary school in preparation for the course. We will ask you to provide a school experience report completed by a teacher in a school where you have completed at least 5 days experience.
• Offers will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and trainees must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children. We also ask you to complete a health declaration to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
• You must have passed the skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you start the course and we ask you to register for the tests before interview.
• You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
• You should provide two references. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years, one referee should be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
These are the usual entry requirements. We do however encourage those with different or older qualifications to apply as we welcome people from different backgrounds.
Months of entry
If you've got an undergraduate degree and are passionate about training to become a secondary school biology teacher, then studying our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (Science with Biology) could be for you.You'll develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside hands-on classroom experience.
A significant amount of your learning will take place whilst on placement within one of our partnership schools.You'll benefit from being able to observe experienced teachers, gain practical hands-on experience and mentoring to help you develop into an outstanding and successful teacher.
Biology is an exciting subject to teach and there are opportunities for well qualified biology teachers. It is a National Curriculum core subject and is taught throughout schools. The course will enable you to explore what it means to teach biology and develop ways in which you teach it. You will examine the best practice of biology teaching and use a range of teaching strategies to challenge and inform your students.
Successful completion of your PGCE course prepares you to start your first teaching year (NQT year) within a secondary school setting. Our course is designed to prepare you to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range.
Fees and funding
In 2018/19 the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU for students on this course will be £9,250 plus an inflationary rise (RPI-X).
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
• Your placements could be based in areas some distance from your point of study, so please be aware of potential associated travelling costs.
• A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.
You can find more information about available training bursaries on the Department for Education's website.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries (C1X1)
- +44 (0) 1484 478249