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Biology (11-19) PGCE

Staffordshire University is a well established institution for teacher training.

The 36-week Biology PGCE course is based at the Stoke Campus. It is designed to develop your:

  • ability to develop the confidence and competence of all pupils thinking scientifically;
  • ability to teach and assess pupils’ understanding of the different branches of science;
  • use of practical exercises and real life application of teaching science.

University based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching and learning as well as develop your understanding of how children learn. It will build on your existing expertise in Biology and provide you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of Biology and science in the secondary school context (including how to approach differentiation, assessment and planning).

Entry requirements

  • A good degree (minimum 2:2) in a biological science with at least half of the content related to biology.
  • A GCSE grade C (Grade 4) or above in both English Language and Mathematics prior to the start of the course
  • A passion for inspiring the next generation to think
  • Professional Skills tests (QTS tests), enhanced DBS check and Health check before the commencement of the course.
  • ICT literate
  • There is an expectation that you will have had some experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting prior to interview.
  • If you accept a formal offer from Staffordshire University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children (Enhanced DBS).

Course modules

After a two week Induction Programme, you will be in school on serial and block placements to gain a supported understanding of the role of the teacher. Within a school, you will receive expert support from a subject or class mentor who will hold weekly meetings with you to help you to prepare, teach and review lessons and develop your subject knowledge.

Each school or college will have a professional mentor who will help you to understand the organisation of the school, pastoral care systems and the legal and social framework of school including supporting services.

Associate Teachers have a phased introduction to teaching that will reflect your personal needs. Initially you will observe the regular teacher, help with group work and then move towards sharing classes with the teacher before eventually taking classes yourself. As well as teaching your subject, you will be required to contribute generally to the life of the school.

The university element of the course is designed to engage Associate Teachers in critical reflection on the nature of education. We also aim to develop your knowledge of the curriculum for Biology. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.

The university aspects of the course take place on the Stoke campus and will draw upon the experience of practicing teachers as well as highly experienced tutors. The school experience is based in local, carefully selected partnership schools.

The blend of practical experience and university study will be evidenced by the compilation of portfolios and the production of short written academic papers.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,900 (Academic year) International 1 Years

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