The Manchester Metropolitan University Biology (C1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school science curriculum for the 11-16 age range (all three sciences) and biology to AS/A-level.

Science is crucial to the development and future prospects of children. You can inspire the next generation of scientists and ensure all children value their science education. Developing scientific skills, curiosity and literacy enables children to understand the world around them so they can make informed decisions about their lives and have a say in society.

You will explore theory informed, up-to-date and practical teaching practices in our school-styled laboratories. You’ll learn how to plan, assess, reflect on and use research to continually improve your practice in a supportive environment. You will also develop your teacher persona, ability to manage behaviour for learning and support children’s wellbeing.

Some sessions are specific to biology but the majority occur in mixed specialism groups. Just like science departments in schools, we explore the connections across the sciences and share expertise.

There will also be guest sessions with alumni and experts from a variety of organisations. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS). The course is taught by highly experienced, research active, subject experts who have all been practising teachers. The team and students are supported by an excellent team of science technicians.


Employability - You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach all three sciences to GCSE and your specialism, biology, chemistry or physics, potentially up to A-level.

Schools experience - You will spend at least the minimum DfE required time in schools (approximately 120 days) on placements in schools, gaining experience in mainstream secondary schools.

Postgraduate credits - When you graduate, you’ll achieve 60 masters’ level credits (this is one-third of a masters degree). You can put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your new career, such as our new MTeach course.

Partnerships - We have partnerships with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations, meaning we are able to provide students with a range of school experiences.

Research-led teaching - Our research centre, ESRI ranks in the UK’s top 20 for research power in Education (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and recent research sponsors include the Department of Education; Wellcome Trust; European Union; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Barclays; Microsoft; Siemens and LEGO.

School placements

On this one-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

We know that teaching a class can be daunting, so we’ll help to prepare you before you start your placements. You’ll have a gradual introduction to teaching, observing, getting to know your pupils, classes and teachers, before teaching the classes on your own.

The Science activities you teach will depend on the facilities at the school but you might teach GCSE level science and your subject specialism to A-Level.

You’ll go to at least two contrasting mainstream secondary schools (such as a school in a rural setting or an inner-city comprehensive) or a college along with some primary school experience.

On your placements, you might experience mixed and single-gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensive and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form, and further education colleges.

This variety helps you to experience different situations and further develop your practical skills as a teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

You might be eligible for Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. Please check the criteria here:

For SKE subjects offered by Manchester Met please check our website:

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.

Manchester Met offers equivalency tests in English and maths -

Please note if you have the following qualifications instead of GCSE English and/or maths, you will be required to pass equivalency test instead: Functional Skills in English or Mathematics, Key Skills in English or Mathematics, Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy

Personal qualities

Personal Statement plays an important role in admissions process - successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.

You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of Biology in the science curriculum. As a science teacher, you will also have some capability in chemistry and physics.

Other requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and health checks are required. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course. General information can be found here:

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,550

These are the fees for 2021/22 academic year and may be subject to change for 2022/23 academic year.

Financial support from the training provider

Please see ( for information on financial support available.

About the training provider


As one of the city’s most established providers – with almost 150 years training education professionals under our belts – we know teaching inside out.

In many ways, we think teachers are the original influencers. They inspire. They engage. They explain. And they have a lasting impact on the pupils they teach.

We’ve been educating teachers, practitioners and professionals since 1878. We’re proud of our history. We’re proud of our present. And we’re proud to be one of the largest teacher training establishments in the country. Each year, we welcome over 700 trainee teachers onto our PGCE courses. We have a partnership of over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations. We adopt leading research into our teaching through our Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI).


Sharing selfies is fun, but there is real joy in sharing knowledge. It’s finding new ways to explain complex theories to students and inspiring a love of learning. Discovering innovative global teaching methods. Using research to make a difference in the classroom.

You might debate how pupils learn when they live below the poverty line or explore the effect of the growth mind-set. You might research ways to include bilingual students in your lessons or global methods of teaching maths and how this could help your class.

Whichever subject you’re hoping to teach, we’ll help you to develop the practical skills you need to teach, to inspire and to engage your class.

Interview process

You will be expected to attend an online interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.

Your interview will last approximately 30 minutes focusing on your awareness of current secondary art education and your school based experience, and you will have the opportunity to:

  • Relate subject content of your education to the role of a secondary school teacher
  • Discuss your relevant experience
  • Give an account of your knowledge of the National Curriculum and what your chosen subject has to offer learners
  • Communicate effectively your insights into teaching and learning
  • Share views about the qualities of a good teacher
  • Discuss how you might teach a topic from your chosen subject area
  • Discuss principles of inclusion in education

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

From study skills to dyslexia screenings - we’ve got it covered -

If you are a care leaver, estranged from your family, a carer, under 18 or pregnant, we have a dedicated Inclusion Service to help you through your studies -

Come and visit our Open or Visit Days and speak to a member of staff from Disability Service -

Or simply contact the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (

Contact this training provider

0161 247 6969
Brooks Building
Bonsall Street
Greater Manchester
M15 6GX

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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