Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS at Birmingham City University - UCAS

Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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If you have a passion for Biological Sciences, inspiring and educating young learners, and want the best possible career opportunities after graduating, then this is the course for you. You'll benefit from our strong partnerships with a diverse range of secondary schools within the West Midlands giving you experience of the rich variety of cultural and linguistic influences, religious beliefs and social diversity this brings. Your (mostly biological) science modules will be with the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences students in our Department of Life Sciences. You will get high-quality, research-informed teaching in a range of biology and life science fields alongside a developing Life Sciences research portfolio. Throughout this course you will acquire important practical and scientific skills whilst being taught in our state-of-the-art life sciences laboratories at our recently extended £71 million City Centre Campus. Staff have expertise in a range of disciplines which will support your scientific development and prepare you for professional practice as a science educator. The course offers you the chance to gain the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as a degree, helping you walk into your dream job as a secondary school teacher immediately after graduating.

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

Unistats information

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeX13A
Institution code B25
Campus nameCity South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus codeE

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC Accepted with other acceptable L3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS tariff points in a related subject i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Social Sciences, Zoology, Biosciences, Health and Social Science, PE, Sports Science or similar. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis. subjects excluded General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM equivalent in a related subject i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Social Sciences, Zoology, Biosciences, Health and Social Science, PE, Sports Science or similar. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 40 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction. Applicants taking an access to higher education diploma will need GCSE's grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Appropriate equivalent qualifications can be considered http://bcu.ac.uk/courses/primary-education-with-qts-ba-hons-2018-19 or achievement of 12 credits at L2 in these subjects within the Access course.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications. Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points equivalent in a related subject i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Social Sciences, Zoology, Biosciences, Health and Social Science, PE, Sports Science or similar. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications. Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points equivalent in a related subject i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Social Sciences, Zoology, Biosciences, Health and Social Science, PE, Sports Science or similar. Other subjects will be considered on a case by case basis.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). Minimum of 3 subjects to a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Only in combination with other qualifications Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.
Extended Project Must be combined with standard level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 Ucas Tariff Points Must differ from A level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Irish Leaving Certificate under Level 3 entry
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A mininum of 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or higher including Maths and English Language Equivalents of Maths and English Language subjects are accepted, however must be held with other 3 actual GCSE's. Acceptable equivalents: - BTEC LEVEL 2 First Certificate - Merit or Distinction (Science or Applied Science only) - BTEC Level 2 Diploma - Merit or Distinction (Science or Applied Science only) - BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - Merit or Distinction (Science or Applied Science only) - Intermediate GNVQ - Merit or Distinction (Science only) - Pearson Edexcel certificate level 1/ level 2 (grades A-C) - Maths, English and science tests taken through Equivalency Testing (equivalency testing.com.)
HNC (BTEC) D Overall Distinction profile A transcript will be required. Considered at the tutor's discretion.
HND (BTEC) D Overall Distinction profile A transcript will be required. Considered at the tutor's discretion.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D*
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted

For a full list of acceptable equivalencies please see: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/secondary-science-biology-qts-bsc-hons

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no sub-test below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS at Birmingham City University - UCAS