Biology with Science (Secondary PGCE) (Taught)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff Metropolitan University (Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd)
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Course summary

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PGCE Secondary Biology with Science C1X1 If you are a graduate with a passion for your specialist subject and a desire to inspire young people, this course is for you! The PGCE Secondary Education programme is a one year course that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. The course aims to prepare student teachers to be highly-skilled, confident, critically reflective and innovative practitioners who are committed to life-long professional learning and the education of young people.

Course details


Please refer to Cardiff Metropolitan Website

Assessment method

Applicants who meet the essential criteria for courses which lead to QTS at Cardiff Metropolitan will be required to sit Pre Entry tests in Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Competence. Tests will be completed and supervised under 'exam' conditions. The tests will be undertaken as part of the interview day. Applicants with additional needs who are requested to sit these tests will need to notify Cardiff Metropolitan University immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

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

How to apply

Entry requirements

GCSE REQUIREMENTS - GCSE grade B/grade 5** or above in English Language, English Literature, Welsh Language (First Language) or Welsh Literature and Mathematics (or a standard equivalent). Where an equivalent to a grade B/grade 5** in either English Literature or Welsh Literature is achieved, a minimum of a grade C/grade 4** must be achieved in the corresponding GCSE examination in English or Welsh (First) Language. Applicants who have achieved a D or above in GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics on application, will be considered for interview (grade 4 or above for applicants holding the newly reformed GCSEs in England). Students studying to teach in Welsh medium schools will also need a GCSE grade C or above in Welsh (First language). INITIAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - 2:2 honours degree. Whilst it is expected that the content of your degree will contain a significant proportion of the subject in which you wish to train to teach, we do favourably consider applicants whose degrees are in a subject that is closely related. Your application and interview (should you be selected) will be assessed on your potential to meet the QTS level of the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership that relate to subject knowledge, understanding and skills, and the extent to which these can successfully underpin your practice as a teacher of a particular subject, up to and including the teaching of A level and other post-16 curricula. For further information on entry requirements please visit our course pages on our website.

English language requirements

IELTS band score 7.5 overall and minimum of 7.0 in each component in the ‘academic’ IELTS test.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £10000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For additional costs relating to this programme, please refer to
Biology with Science (Secondary PGCE) at Cardiff Metropolitan University - UCAS