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PGCE Secondary Biology with QTS (11-16)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Lancaster Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course overview

Inspire the next generation to appreciate the excitement and importance of science in our world by sharing your passion for Biology.

We’ve designed our highly-rated PGCE Secondary Biology with QTS so that you will graduate knowing how to confidently devise and deliver interesting lessons to engage young minds about all aspects of this subject.

You will be supported by our expert tutors to plan, resource and deliver lessons to pupils of all secondary ages and abilities. This means that you will leave the course knowing how to teach effectively while also maintaining the interest and enthusiasm of your pupils.

Our PGCE course includes QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and we will also help you apply for a position as a secondary school teacher during the course.

Course summary

You will begin by understanding the needs of individual learners and implementing key teaching strategies to help students engage with the subject. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you will gradually build up to teach whole classes about topics such as particle theory, acids and alkalis, the reactivity series and many other exciting topics. You will learn how to organise practical work and also carry out many of the practical activities that are common in schools. You will also receive training in key stage 3 Physics and Chemistry, reflecting the fact that in most schools you will be expected to teach all three sciences at key stage 3.

We believe that experience is not enough - it is also vital to be able to unpack and reflect on experiences. You will deconstruct classroom learning activities into their constituent parts, and then build them up again so that you can implement them effectively in the classroom. Your personal tutor at university will regularly meet with you to discuss your progress and you will also be visited in school by placement tutor. In school, both your subject and professional mentors, who offer a range of support and guidance, will support your ongoing development.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    94th out of 100 6

    49th out of 84 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    119 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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