University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

Secondary Education (Biology)

PGCE Biology will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach biology across the full 11-18 secondary age range. You will train as a science teacher that specialises in biology, so you will also take complementary courses in physics and chemistry. We design our programmes to develop both subject knowledge and teaching techniques, so, in addition to broadening your own biology knowledge, you will learn how to make this knowledge accessible and interesting to students by implementing a range of teaching approaches and techniques for managing activities in the classroom.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualification, of which half the content should relate to biology; An A Level or equivalent in physics or chemistry.

Experience of working with the 11-18 age range.


English Language and Mathematics GCSEs (or equivalent) with grade C or higher.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (or, for candidates from overseas, the equivalent level of clearance).

You must possess the appropriate qualities, values and attitudes expected of a teacher.

You must also be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.

You must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.

All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme.

Course modules

Secondary Practical Teaching covers your work placements in 2 partnership schools where you will acquire direct teaching experience. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers and children in both Secondary Key Stages and post-16. Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (1) and Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (2) engage with the contemporary educational and professional issues related to the 11 to 18 age range. You will focus upon the relationship between theory, research evidence and practice, and explore the practical aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment, differing learning styles, classroom organisation and behaviour management. These 2 modules support and complement the secondary biology module and closely link to your placement work. Secondary biology reinforces your own knowledge and understanding of biology, and investigates the principles and concepts of 'best practice' for teaching, learning and assessment in biology. You will acquire the ability to plan, teach and manage biology lessons to National Curriculum requirements, and learn to communicate the value of science learning and assess the learning impact of your own lessons.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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