Taught course

PGCE in Biology

University of York · Department of Educational Studies

Entry requirements

Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encourages to work collaboratively, sharing this wealth of experience, knowledge and technical expertise. All applicants must have an honours degree with least 50% of the qualification being relevant Biology at 2:2 or above. Examples of such degrees include Biology, Biology with Environmental Science and Biomedical Sciences. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme develops trainees' school experiences in order to explore some of the wider concers of Biology and Science teachers today, and provides opportunities to broaden professional experiences. There are sessions that are particularly important for Biology teachers: teaching ethics, teaching evolution and handling controversial issues such as intelligent design and teaching reproduction.

An effective Biology teacher must also develop his/her pedagogical subject knowledge specifically related to teaching Biology; for example, the effective use of practical work in Biology, the teaching and learning of key Biology ideas, and the teaching and learning of Biology beyond the classroom.

Sessions are provided that focus on these areas for Biologists as well as other sessions in the other two Sciences. Subject knowledge is provided via a peer teaching programme.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322524