PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Biology), Postgraduate Certificate | University of East Anglia | Norwich, United Kingdom
12 months
22400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Science is an exciting subject to teach, and a great teacher can play a pivotal role in a child’s life. With this PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Biology) programme at the University of East Anglia you’ll spend your days stimulating young minds and watching your pupils grow in confidence, so they can achieve their full potential.

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Our one-year, full-time PGCE Secondary Science (specialising in Biology) programme at the University of East Anglia  will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach science to pupils aged between 11 and 16, with the option of additional experience of A-level biology teaching. Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits. 

Focusing on biology-specific knowledge throughout the course, you’ll be taught in a variety of workshops in our purpose-built laboratories, which have been designed to mimic the workings of a secondary school science lab. You’ll also be taught essentials such as how to ensure pupil safety in the lab, classroom management, working with lab technicians and support staff, and how to use your own practical work and demonstrations to inspire your classes. 

Biology-specific workshops will focus on subject knowledge and methods of teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, giving you the skills you’ll need to encourage your pupils to want to learn, and to help build their confidence.

Practical sessions will include molecular biology techniques, engaging activities in plant science, and aquatic invertebrate identification for pond dipping activities. There is also a fieldtrip to study saltmarsh and sand dune ecology on the North Norfolk coast. We’ll visit seal and seabird colonies and you’ll learn how to organise and deliver fieldwork activities. 


  • Teacher
  • Deputy head teacher
  • Head teacher
  • Private education
  • Tutor
  • Communications

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Secondary Years QTS
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Reflective Project in Education
  • Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements


  • 2:2 or above preferred
  • Biology or a closely related subject
  • Before making your application you must have a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or its equivalent* in English Language and in Mathematics.
  • Applications are considered on an individual basis and being able to demonstrate a strong level of knowledge about the National Curriculum and current issues affecting teaching is advantageous.
  • Interview required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Norwich

609 - 1044 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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