Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Secondary Science (Biology)

This course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests. The course equips the student to teach National Curriculum science at Key Stage 3 and 4 and also prepares the student to teach biology at a higher level at Key Stage 4 and at post-16. The course is made up of University-based sessions and school placements. Students gain knowledge about schools and the education system and apply their skills and knowledge in a school context. The PGCE also gives the student 60 Master's level credits, which can be used towards a Master's degree.

Entry requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics, science and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent; the University considers applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs; students must have a full science degree, which relates closely to biology; before applying, students normally expect the student to have some voluntary work experience in a secondary classroom; international students need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules

Modules include: Developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary biology; learning and teaching in context in science; block placement 1; block placement 2.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include academic assignments including practice-based essays, individual and group work, presentations and reports, preparing teaching materials and plans and teaching practice.

Sponsorship information

TDA funding and support is only available for successful applicants who possess a 2.2 degree or above (or equivalent).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sheffield S1 1WB Yorkshire and the Humber

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Admissions Office
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