Learn how to share your enthusiasm for biology and inspire the next generation of children and young people. Biology is one of the priority subjects which means that you could be eligible for a tax free bursary of up to £15,000 depending on your degree class.
This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum Science at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach biology at a higher level at Key Stage 4 and at post-16.
During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by
With our PGCE you complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16, 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.
While in school you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions, we are also involved with a variety of lead schools on the School Direct programme, and many of our students end up being offered teaching jobs in the schools that they train in.
All of our practical sessions take place in purpose-built labs, which replicate the teaching areas typically found in schools.
During the course, you’ll be able to choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications earn you QTS status, but the PGCE also gives you 60 credits towards a masters degree.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. On the School Direct route the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
For more information visit our School Direct page
Expert academic staff
Our expert science tutors have over 120 years’ teaching experience between them. They have held positions ranging from head of department to assistant head and head of year in a variety of local, national and international schools, where they were responsible for teacher trainees, the induction of NQTs and staff development. They continue to retain close links with many local schools.
We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.
We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating. Many students gain employment in the local area.
Visit the Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!