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Biology PGDE: Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • Full time available
  • Please contact Faculty
  • September
  • 10 months full time; of which 120 days is based within a school placement

Course Description

Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters Level credits) plus recommendation Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

92% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good

LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes

Teach Science/Biology to Key Stage 3 and specialist subject to GCSE and A Level

Excellent career opportunities

This course aims to produce enthusiastic biology teachers able to inspire interest and enthusiasm in the school science curriculum and help pupils understand the important part that science plays in everyday life. A particular feature of the course is to encourage the use of fieldwork, visits to industry and science museums to make science ‘alive’ for your pupils.

The course will introduce you to the aims, objectives and methods of teaching science, set in the context of the National Curriculum for Science and the National Science Strategy. You will also have opportunities to develop your skills in practical work through ‘hands on’ activities.

The production and evaluation of teaching materials, how to use demonstrations, and the place of laboratory safety, are also aspects of the course. Lesson planning and evaluation are covered with the emphasis focusing on the management of practical laboratory work. You will also participate in sessions to teach your non-specialist subjects, in recognition that most schools will require an ability to teach all sciences up to a certain point.

The PGDE in Biology programme provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.

Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, this postgraduate programme also supports the development of your:
•critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
•reflective practice linked to professional development
•practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
•understanding and application of subject knowledge

The programme includes a mix of on-campus and school/college based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course, and this is supplemented with on-line e-learning activities via the university’s Blackboard software. The University element of the programme is based around six modules focusing on:
•Professional Practice
•Developing Reflective Professional Practice
•Subject Pedagogy in Biology
•Pedagogy in Practice
•Learning Teaching and Assessment

School-based training

You will spend 120 days in school based training. Here, teaching will predominantly be at Key Stage 3 and 4, although there may be the opportunity to gain experience with Post-16 level. Experienced subject teacher mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partner secondary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partner schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.


Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Enrichment experiences

Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and supplementary schools, vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations, and participation in school and university teaching projects.

Visit the Biology PGDE: Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 2:2 Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in the subject area. You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a secondary school (in England or UK) environment.

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