Important

Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

The University of Warwick Biology (C1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022
Website
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/thinking-about-being-a-teacher/

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022

Contents

Course summary

This course prepares you to teach Biology to pupils aged 11 to 18. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in Biology as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful Biology teachers.

You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

Further Information

School placements

In partnership with our schools, we ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring on each of your placements.

Further Information

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

We can accept 3rd party tests from the following approved companies:

Equivalency Testing - Offer a discounted rate of £160 (normal price £175)

A Star Equivalency - Have a special offer for University of Warwick applicants for equivalency exams (all subjects) to be booked for £139 (normal price £165) Please contact cte.admissions@warwick.ac.uk for the discount code.

Personal qualities

Through your motivation, enthusiasm and passion for a subject, you can make a difference to students. Teaching is full of challenges and extraordinary rewards and the best teachers nurture creativity, discovery and character development in students.

Further Information

Other requirements

Fitness to Teach

In order to comply with the Department for Education, all applicants must satisfy to the University their physical and mental suitability to undertake teacher training.

School Experience

Although it is not a requirement, we recommend that you have had experience in schools focusing on mainstream Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, so that you are familiar with the atmosphere and demands across Secondary. https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/start-teaching/school-experience

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 £20,055

Fees are for 2021/22 academic year and subject to change.

Additional costs incurred during your PGCE training year Travel Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

Books Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Warwick library.

Materials You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet: you will certainly need access to some type of PC.

Fees If you are a nationality other than ‘British’ selected on your application you may be classed as having overseas fees status unless proven otherwise. Please contact our International Office for advice on your fees status before you apply (https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/finance/policies/homefees/).

About the training provider

WARWICK. HELPING YOU FIND YOUR OWN PATH TO TEACHING SUCCESS.

We understand that teaching is more than just a job. We also know that you are more than just another applicant. That’s why our approach is tailored around your needs. We’re focused on getting you prepared to enter the classroom and ready for all the challenges that teaching throws at you. We won’t drop you in at the deep end, but we will help you become accustomed to different school environments.

We have a long history of providing students with the best access to the contacts, resources and facilities needed to fulfil teaching promise. You’ll also benefit from our research-informed teaching, delivered at an acclaimed university with a reputation for excellence. That teaching will come from people who truly understand about the journey that you’re taking. We have been training teachers for over 50 years and are part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning experience. We are rated an “Outstanding” provider of teacher training by Ofsted

We work in partnership with over 500 schools to deliver the highest quality training. You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, class teachers and school mentors who have national reputations for the quality of their training. Upon completing a PGCE with Warwick you will gain 90 credits at master’s level.

Interview process

Due to the current crisis the interview day has been moved to an on-line platform for the time being. We will update according if this is likely to change.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

All trainees are provided with a named personal tutor and a subject specific mentor in placement. Warwick provide a range of support for students with disabilities and other needs through the Student Disabilities Team.

warwick.ac.uk/services/disability

Contact this training provider

Email
cte.admissions@warwick.ac.uk
Telephone
024 761 50269
Website
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cte/thinking-about-being-a-teacher/
Address
Westwood Campus
University of Warwick
Kirby Corner Road
Coventry
CV4 8EE

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.

Apply

Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022