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Secondary Education (Biology) (PGCE and ProfGCE)

Course Description

About the course

This course is available to UK/EU students only.

This Masters level professional training programme introduces you to the requirements for teaching Biology to the 11-19 age range and leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. You will be introduced to the principles and theories of secondary teaching through both subject studies and a developing professional practice course. Training is undertaken in partnership with local secondary schools.

We are looking to select trainees who:
- have the passion, commitment and enthusiasm to teach in secondary schools

- are resilient and able to work under pressure

- have good subject knowledge to train to teach in the area they are interested in

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/secondary-education-biology

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is a leading regional provider of Initial Teacher Training. Consistently high achieving in its Ofsted inspections it is recognised as a very good quality training provider by local employers. Graduate employability is high.

The programme is structured to allow you to develop the skills required by a secondary Biology teacher, and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to secondary practice.

The strengths of our PGCE secondary programmes are the high levels of pastoral care and support we offer trainees. We also have effective partnerships with schools which enhances trainees' subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of teaching and ensures our trainees achieve good levels of attainment.


On successful completion of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and be ready to start your teaching career.

Teaching methods

A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used. Tutor led sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops, where active participation is encouraged. Twenty-four weeks of the programme are spent in local partnerships schools. This enables you to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a team of practising teachers who lead key sessions as well as support you in your school-based training where you develop your classroom expertise.

The programme includes opportunities to visit different educational contexts, including a primary school and a special needs school.

Work Placement

School experience is at the heart of the programme and during the thirty-six week programme you spend twenty-four weeks in school, and the rest of the time on campus. The school experience is made up of a number of serial day placements, including visits to a primary school and a special school and two block placements in partner secondary schools.

Professional Accreditations

Qualified Teacher Status

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/secondary-education-biology#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Secondary Education (Biology) (PGCE and ProfGCE) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree (2.2 or higher) with at least 50% in Biology AND an A level in chemistry and/or physics. Third class degrees will be considered if accompanied by a Masters or PhD qualification. Overseas awards recognised as equivalent by NARIC are accepted. All entrants to a secondary teaching course require GCSE English Language and mathematics at Grade C or above. Overseas awards equivalents recognised as equivalent by NARIC are accepted.

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £9,000, Part time £1,125 per module; International Students: Full time £12,180

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