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Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Biology (PGCE)

Course Description

You will use your knowledge and passion for biology to inspire pupils. You will learn how to create stimulating experiments that will fire your pupils' interest and hunger to achieve. You will learn how to guide them through an experimental process, manipulating key variables so as to prove a biological theory, instil confidence and sharpen their scientific skills and knowledge.

We will also show you how to use practical activities centred on plant life to produce exciting lessons, fuelling your pupils' interest in biology while also building your confidence as an innovative teacher.Kindling your pupils' interest in the world outside of the classroom will be another key element of your training. You will learn how to use the outdoors to energise the learning environment and bring the subject of biology to life.

Aside from developing your ability to teach, you will also hone your communication and interpersonal skills. You will be able to instil confidence in your pupils so they can achieve their potential, and you will learn how to motivate support staff so they can help you deliver outstanding lessons.

You will also develop a solid understanding of the relevant guidelines issued by the Health and Safety Executive to ensure all the classes and experiments you deliver and supervise will be safe.

This course is offered through School Direct.

For the vast majority of your course, you will be based in your provider school or schools, learning on the job while being supported by experienced teachers and mentors. You will attend our Headingley Campus one day a week (usually a Friday) for key module seminars.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_biology

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, You will then be qualified as a secondary school teacher, with a specialism in biology.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll find an experienced course team ready to bring out your potential as a biology teacher. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and sharing ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Helping you develop your confidence, identity and teaching style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will be a fundamental element of your course.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to build your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your lessons.

You will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, so your travelling will be limited and you will have more time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting environments, receiving intensive support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will benefit from the practical experience and theoretical knowledge of your lecturers. Many were school teachers and are now active in educational research.

We will provide on-going training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another valuable element of support as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys’ writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers


- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, our Library has got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Secondary Education (11-16) with recommendation for QTS - Biology (PGCE) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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