University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (Biology)

In this teacher training course, you will specialise in secondary biology, but you will also learn to teach physics and chemistry as well. With qualified teacher status built in, you will be well on your way to becoming a great secondary school science teacher. Available at university and through School Direct.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.2 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in biology, chemistry or physics, depending on your chosen specialism, is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have met this requirement by July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. At least 2-3 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism is preferred. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

Modules include: Meeting young people�s needs within and beyond the curriculum; professional skills, knowledge and practice; curriculum development; classroom research for beginning teachers.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on presentations, written assignments, small-scale classroom research projects, assessment of in-school practice, portfolio of evidence of professional practices, self-assessment, peer assessment and formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
School Direct LA1 3JD

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144