University of York

University of York

Secondary Education (Biology)

This course prepares students to teach national curriculum science and a specialist subject and biology as a specialism at Key Stage 3 and 4 and Advanced level; students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills of science teaching and to be familiar with up to date thinking and research in teaching and learning science; the programme, involves seminars; practical workshops; discussions and presentations as a preparation for training in schools and as a basis for becoming a science teacher; trainee-led sessions to familiarise students with activities that can be used for teaching science in secondary schools; sessions helping students to appreciate and use a range of ways of using information communication technology applications to enhance pupils' learning; the pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills; university tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences; to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading; the main phases of school experience currently are: An initial primary school placement; a 2 days per week autumn term placement, plus a 4-week mini-block teaching placement; a 15-week block teaching placement during most of the spring term and the early part of the summer term; a period of professional enrichment during the summer term; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; all entrants must have qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCE O-level or GCSE grade C or above or equivalent; an offer of a place on the course may be conditional on attending an extension or enhancement course to improve applicants' subject knowledge; admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure.

Assessment methods

The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves; assessment is continuous, there are no final examinations; all trainees also have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy set by the Teaching Agency in order to be awarded a qualified teaching certificate.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Alcuin College York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 433454