University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Science with Biology Enhancement)

The course also attracts 60 credits at Master's level; the course is designated 11-16 with the option of receiving enhancement at post 16 level; successful completion of the programme enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) subject to passing skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information communication technology (ICT); the programme is intended to produce teachers of the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement age range who are reflective practitioners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (minimum of 2.1) of which a significant part is in biology; all candidates must demonstrate a willingness and ability to extend their subject knowledge depending on their qualifications; applicants must have gained GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and English language (or equivalent); it is desirable for applicants to have A-level(s) or equivalents in science; applicants are expected to have had the equivalence of 2 weeks experience in a state secondary school before starting the course, this could include observing teachers in their chosen subject specialism, taking part in working with pupils and reflecting upon the process of education; once a training place has been offered trainees subject knowledge can be strengthened by an enhancement course in physics or chemistry lasting 2 to 4 weeks; these run between June and September prior to the PGCE course start date.

Course modules

Subject enrichment week: this falls in the block between the 2 school placements and has been designed to consolidate and extend particular aspects of subject knowledge; the link with the City Learning Centre to produce a science fair enhances trainees knowledge of the cross phase between key stage 2 and 3 as well as their subject knowledge and pedagogy; there are also opportunities to experience a variety of out of the classroom activities for key stage 3, 4 and 5 in a range of locations; school experience: students are allocated to 2 schools from the University's secondary school partnership, in which they are expected to complete their training, and where they can demonstrate standards for the award of QTS; these 2 substantial school placements of 60 days each are framed by relevant University sessions, and progress is closely monitored by a mentor at the school supported by a subject tutor.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Lesson observation feedback; development of subject knowledge; assignments and the submission of professional files.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

Key information

PGCE Secondary Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000