PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) will train you to become a biology teacher across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range.
It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE and A-level.
Completion leads to both a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).
University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching methods. Experienced teachers will work alongside PGCE tutors, plus visitors from exam boards and the Society of Biology.
Some sessions are run with the University’s science departments to benefit fully from the University’s resources, and also with Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
The course is a partnership between the University and schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.
As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study.
We maintain close contact with our partnership establishments at every stage of the programme. These include:
11-18 and 11-16 comprehensive and independent schools
further education colleges
specialist schools (e.g technology colleges, arts colleges).
As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.
Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets. During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas:
differentiation and assessment
wider professional responsibilities.
The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction with your University tutor. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade B in biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other science or maths A-level.
Your degree subject should be in Biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.
Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.
By choosing a PGCE with us, you’ll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:
Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).
Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview and share the relevant information.
The interview process will involve a personal interview with an academic member of staff. You will be also asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
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The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.
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Support and advice
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experience, and access exclusive teaching events.
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