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  • 12 months
    Duration
The Secondary Education Biology programme offered by the University of Wolverhampton provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

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The PGCE in Secondary Education Biology at University of Wolverhampton is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

If you have an interest in all aspects of science; but in particular life processes and living things and enjoy investigating this in a practical setting, then our biology course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of science in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops. 

As a trainee you will learn how to teach biology to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching biology through a combination of university-led and school-led training.

Career opportunities

The PGCE in Secondary Education leads to recommendation for QTS, and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a secondary school.

In secondary schools you could be considered for a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR), which may comprise any of the following:

  • Leading a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
  • Leading the achievement of a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
  • Leading a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance)

Later, you could progress to a senior leadership position such as a deputy or assistant head and head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school and the education its students receive.

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Programme Structure

Typical activities may include:

    • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or small groups of pupils within a class
    • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
    • Further development through reflection on planned classroom activities
    • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
    • Research that takes place in both University and school settings on selected aspects of your practice

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    English Language Requirements

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    • Minimum required score:

      79

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    • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

      165

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: First Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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    You will have interest in all aspects of science along with a particular aptitude for biology, along with an ability to think creatively about presenting the subject to others in original and practical ways. Also you will need:

    • To hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
    • To have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics.
    • To have taken part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach, which will include as a minimum both an interview and audit of your subject knowledge.
    • To have taken and passed the professional skills tests prior to entry.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      12000 GBP/year
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      Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      9250 GBP/year
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      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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