Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS

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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

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 A maximum of 3 subjects are considered including at least one Science/Health related subject Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 40 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction Must be Science/Health related If applying with an Access course you only need GCSE mathematics, English language and science at grade C/4 or above. You are not required to hold five GCSEs in total.
Scottish Higher 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required.  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).
AS Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) D*D* 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject
Scottish Advanced Higher 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).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall 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) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) and at least one must be Science/Health related.
Extended Project Must be in a topic different to the combination of Level 3 awarded. Considered with A-level or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include Maths, English Language and Science taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3 up to and including 2016)
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 5 GCSEs Mathematics, English Language and Science at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted, list of equivalencies can be found here: https://bcuassets.blob.core.windows.net/docs/itt-education-gcse-equivalencies-131859926724735384.pdf Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
HNC (BTEC) P 120 credits at level 4 Must be in a related pathway
HND (BTEC) P 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 Must be in a related pathway
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted

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