Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University

Secondary Education (Science Biology, 11-16)

This PGCE will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Biology. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to become a competent and assured secondary school teacher, with sufficient subject knowledge to not only teach across the science disciplines at Key Stage 3, but also contribute outside your specialist subject at Key Stage 4.

If you want to help secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16 develop practical and analytical skills and excite their curiosity in the world around them, this is the programme for you.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

To join this PGCE, you should have a first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification). The degree should be in a Biology-related discipline.

Additional requirements for the programme include: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification); satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; a demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.

Course modules

  • SSC4010 Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Science (Specialism) (30 credits)
  • SSC4011 Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in Science (Specialism) (30 credits)
  • SSC4012 Research and Practice in Science Education (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) (30 credits)
  • SRP4001 Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • SRP4002 Professional Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • SRP4003 Professional Practice 2 (30 credits)

Assessment methods

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of science.

Specific assessments include:

  • Ongoing assessment via a peer teaching programme (to assess your subject knowledge);
  • Production of a teaching package (to assess your planning abilities);
  • Experimental demonstration (to assess your experimental skills)
  • Case study of a piece of practical work carried out on school placement (to assess your investigative skills).

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,750 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Ormskirk Campus Ormskirk L39 4QP North West

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Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QP
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1695 575171