Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Secondary Education (Biology)

The PGDE, PGCE and the Professional PGCE are recognised teaching qualifications, but the PGDE and PGCE allow fast-track entry to Master's courses; the choice of which qualification to take is made while on the course; successful completion of the course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); school or college experience is central to the course and at least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least 2 different secondary schools or colleges; during the 1st phase, 2 days of school or college experience each week for 3 weeks are spent in school leading up to a 6 week block placement; trainee teachers are gradually given more responsibility and increase their contribution in both the classroom and to the corporate life of the school; the 2nd phase begins with a 2 day, weekly attachment for the 1st 3 weeks of the spring term, leading up to the final assessed 13 week block placement; in both placements the training programme is planned by mentors to allow progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (a minimum 2.2) in a related subject, or equivalent. GCSE/O-level, or equivalent in English and mathematics at grade C. A minimum of 2 weeks school observation experience in a secondary school. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and interview.

Course modules

Students cover the specialist issues concerning science education including the place of practical work, the use of information communication technologies (ICT) and health and safety; the university based work is divided into 4 areas: core science (which considers generic issues concerned with science education and the methodologies of biology); chemistry and physics; students study the methodology of all 3 subjects in sufficient depth to teach Key Stage 3 and at least 2, preferably all 3 of them to Key Stage 4; in addition, students receive tutorial support and small group seminar support in the 3 subject areas.

Assessment methods

University based subject application studies and education and professional studies are continuously assessed by course work on a modular basis; a separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.

Sponsorship information

Students who have achieved a 1.1 in their undergraduate degree are entitled to �9,000 towards the tuition fees; students with a 2.1 are entitled to �5,000 towards the tuition fees.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus Nottingham NG11 8NS East Midlands

Key information

Admissions Team
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0115 848 4200