University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Science: Biology)

The biology course puts a strong emphasis on trainees collaborating together; the course has a strong practical and fieldwork focus; there are opportunities to learn about organising fieldwork in the outdoors, and using molecular biological techniques within the classroom; there is also a key focus on plant biology, to develop and enhance students' teaching and learning strategies when teaching plant science.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in biology or associated subject, and GCSE grade C (minimum) or equivalent in English language and mathematics; it is expected that all applicants for a PGCE course have undertaken at least 5-10 days recent work experience or observation in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges for their course choice, and be able to draw on this experience in their application.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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Key information

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Faculty of Education
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01223 767679