Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University


This programme allows you to prepare for a career as a Biology teacher, working with local schools and following a programme incorporating the latest curriculum requirements for Biology to A level and Science to Key Stage 3. You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends. Tutorial support is an important part of the learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your personal tutor will support your academic and professional development.

Entry requirements

Applicants require: Minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50 per cent content in your chosen subject area; a minimum grade C GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language (please note: original evidence of GCSEs and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview); passes in numeracy and literacy tests; a minimum of 10 days� work experience in a UK secondary school. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants; an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure check, the cost of which will be met by LJMU; you will also need to complete a medical health questionnaire.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional practice; developing reflective professional practice; subject pedagogy in biology; pedagogy in practice; learning teaching and assessment; inclusion.

Assessment methods

Course assessment methods include: Critical reflections on practice, a literature review, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences and a portfolio of professional activities. You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these. A final assessment of your achievement of the standards required will be based on observation of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time - 10 months

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