University of Brighton

Degree level: Postgraduate

Biology (Secondary) PGCE (Taught)

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Course summary

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range, which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England, it is also recognised in Wales once registered with The Education Workforce Council (EWC). The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase. We were rated Outstanding by Ofsted in our most recent inspection. Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and gain practical experience in two contrasting schools. We have partnerships with over 600 schools and colleges in the south east offering opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings. You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content. If your degree isn’t in the subject area you wish to teach, or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching, we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

Entry requirements

Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant. If your degree isn’t in the subject area you wish to teach or you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching you may be suitable for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. If you pass the SKE qualifies you to start a PGCE. GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4) At least English language and maths. Equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates. English language requirements IELTS 7.0 in all elements. Other - All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. - Applicants from minority ethnic and other groups under-represented in the profession are particularly welcome.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14892 Year 1

Additional fee information

You may have to pay additional costs during your studies. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included in your fees, while studying a course in the School of Education are listed here. You will have access to computers and necessary software, however many students choose to buy their own hardware, software and accessories. The amount spent will depend on your individual choices but this expenditure is not essential to pass any of our courses. In most cases coursework submissions are electronic but you may wish to print notes and should budget approximately £30 for printing. For courses which require a placement, you’ll be expected to pay for your travel expenses but you may be able to claim some travel costs back from the university, depending on where your placement is in relation to where you live. Course books are available from the university but you may wish to budget up to £150 to buy your own copies. You may wish to consider budgeting up to £25 for stationery/teaching materials. You can chat with our enquiries team through the Stay in touch panel at the end of this page if you require further information. Or check our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as more information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.
Biology (Secondary) PGCE at University of Brighton - UCAS