University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham


This course prepares students for life as a science teacher, with a specialism in biology. The course develops skills and abilities in understanding the complexities which surround the teaching and learning of science; the subject knowledge and the pedagogy. We hope to develop you as a reflective teacher who considers carefully the choices in how to teach biology and makes informed decisions about how you work best with students. Following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies (data collection and a 15,000 word dissertation).

Entry requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Biology course must hold a degree or equivalent qualification. Your degree content must be at least 50% biology relevant to the National Curriculum. You should have 2 science A levels and a good pass in GCSE science or the equivalent. All candidates also have to:have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade C or above) or an equivalent qualification; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check the original certificates; you therefore cannot start a PGDipEd(QTS) course unless you already hold these qualifications. pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachersprovide a satisfactory medical form complete an enhanced DBS/police checkcomplete a Declaration of Suitability to Teachadhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDipEd Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDipEd Full-time £ 14,140 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

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