Biology (Secondary Teaching) - PGCE

Bangor University    College of Human Sciences

Full time September PGCE 1 year full-time
Biological Sciences (4) Education (11)

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Are you passionate about biology and interested in becoming a secondary school teacher? Look no further than the Biology (Secondary Teaching) - PGCE programme. This course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a creative and innovative teacher. You will explore and analyse the principles of the new science curriculum, critically reflect on science education standards, and develop effective learning experiences in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. With a focus on problem-based learning and assessment, this programme will prepare you to teach in a range of educational contexts. Plus, it's recognised across Wales and England, making it transferable for teaching opportunities further afield. Don't worry if you don't speak Welsh or live in Wales – this English-medium course is open to all. So, take the first step towards a rewarding teaching career and apply now!

About the course

This course is also offered through the medium of Welsh.

Associate Teachers (ATs) will explore and analyse the principles of the new science curriculum enabling them to become effective practitioners who have a sound understanding of theory-based pedagogy. They will be given opportunities to critically reflect on the implication of recent reports into standards of science education in Wales and understand the importance of evidence practice within science.

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Entry Requirements

At least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in an area related to subject of study.
Grade C/Grade 4 in the GCSE examination in any of the following: English Language, English Literature, Welsh First Language, Welsh Literature.
Grade C/Grade 4 in the GCSE Examination in Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy must also be achieved.
GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in Science.
A willingness and positive attitude towards seeking to improve their personal use of the Welsh Language.
Minimum English language requirements - IELTS Level 7 overall (with no element below 6.5).

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Student Profiles

Emily Williams

I am from a small town and did not want to be overwhelmed by a large cite lifestyle so Bangor was the perfect choice for me. Bangor is a perfect in-between and the Psychology course is one of the best in the UK so I knew I would love it. The range of modules the course covers is wonderful and the fact you can specify within your third year really allowed me to find which areas of Psychology I enjoyed the most.

The people in and around Bangor are so welcoming and you really feel part of the community. Also the location! Walk or drive in any direction and you're guaranteed to find some spectacular scenery.

I loved Bangor so much I decided to stay and do my Masters here. As part of my current course (PGCE Primary) I have completed two 10 weeklong placements within primary schools near Bangor. This has given me the opportunity to develop my teaching abilities in a real life setting and use what I have learnt in lectures and apply this knowledge.

Elliot Ward

The scenery and setting in Bangor are second to none in my opinion. Being able to pop over to some of the amazing beaches on Anglesey is a huge plus. You always see people you know out and about which is nice! I’m vice-president of the ukulele society and also play an active role in the sailing club in addition to being part of the golf club as well. The atmosphere in all of these clubs is one of friendliness and I encourage anyone that comes to Bangor to join some societies! Life in Bangor is really laid back thanks to the amazing setting. There are loads of places to explore in the surrounding area and some incredible walks and views to be had!

Support is great here there is always someone you can email with any kind of problem. There are peer guides who will show you around the town, personal tutors who will know all about your course, not to mention the email buddy system. You never feel like you’re alone as there’s always someone you can get in contact with! You get plenty of opportunities at Bangor, by taking a module I managed to get a summer internship with the lecturer, which was extremely rewarding.

I've enjoyed conducting my own research the most. It was a significant challenge but I learnt a vast amount about the research process. Additionally I got to test real stroke patients which was a very rewarding experience. I think the opportunities such as summer internships and excellent modules Bangor has given me an edge over the other competition.


As you would expect from a university that places great emphasis on student support, Bangor is keen to offer extra help to students. Here are the bursaries and scholarships available for postgraduate students.

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There are Scholarships, Studentships and Bursaries funded by the University. In addition the International Education Centre also supports international students through a range of awards for international students. Full time students only.

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