Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity University

Secondary Education (Science with Biology)

This programme trains applicants to teach Science at 11-16 or 11-18 years.

Entry requirements

You'll need a good honours degree (2.2 or above and preferably single Honours) with a significant proportion of Biology as well as: GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) English and Mathematics; to have passed the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have: Grade C or above in advanced level (A level) study of Biology; Grade B or above in GCSE Science or Biology A levels and/or GCSE qualifications in one or two other Science subjects; a firm understanding of the nature, logic and methodology of Biology, Chemistry or Physics as a discipline with ability to analyse and discuss key concepts and theories; recent experience of observing or assisting in the teaching of Science at an 11-18 High School. 3rd class degrees will be considered if relevant school-based voluntary or paid work experience has been gained. An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate. All entrants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses are required to be declared as �fit to train to teach�, you will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.

Course modules

The course is structured into 3 stages: during Stage 1 trainees are based in both the university and in partnership schools. Centre-based training focuses on subject teaching, planning and classroom management. Schools provide opportunities to observe, support and teach. Stages 2 and 3 are school-based teaching placements with trainees teaching a 30-70 per cent timetable. Training is individualised to needs, with school-based tutors and a University Link Tutor supporting your progress.

Assessment methods

During Stage 1 knowledge and understanding is assessed by focussed written assignments. During Stages 2 and 3 progress against the Teachers� Standards is assessed by observing performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers evaluate lesson plans, observe essons and review marking. Self review and attendance at training activities support development.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leeds Trinity University Leeds LS18 5HD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Telephone number: 
0113 283 7123