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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Science with Education and Qualified Teacher Status

Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by training to become a teacher of biology, chemistry or physics.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? XFC0
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • Develop a deep understanding of science, and learn how to communicate it effectively.
  • Attain Qualified Teacher Status after just three years.
  • Graduate with extensive hands-on teaching experience.
  • Benefit from a 90%+ course employment record.
  • Hone your knowledge and specialise in one scientific area.

Develop a broad understanding of all three sciences and cultivate depth in your specialist subject, whilst gaining the practical experience and theory you need to teach effectively. You graduate with Qualified Teacher Status, ready to inspire the next generation in a subject with a national shortage of qualified teachers.

Student View

Watch student Katie Burns talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Heather Wain talk about this course.

This course encourages the application of your scientific and teaching knowledge in real settings. You undertake 24 weeks placement across two or more secondary schools, reinforced by diverse and enriching lessons from our highly experienced science and education tutors. You acquire a specialist knowledge of science, and the rounded expertise required to effectively teach it.

You learn through

  • dual academic emphasis on science and education
  • 24 weeks of in-school experience, starting at one day per week in first year
  • longer placements in second and third year
  • wide-ranging teaching methods, with collaborative and individual studies
  • purpose-built labs that reflect the school environment

Course leaders and tutors

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Applied learning

Work placements

Starting from one day per week in your first year to longer periods in your second and third, you work in schools to gain practical experience vital for teaching. You are assigned a school-based mentor to help develop your practical skills and apply theoretical knowledge, helping you to work up from individual students to full classes. While training, you will always have support available from experienced members of staff in all your classes.

Sheffield Hallam has strong links to regional secondary schools to ensure your training is of the highest quality. Many of our graduates attain full time employment in our partnership placement schools.

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Future careers

The majority of graduates go directly into employment as fully qualified teachers. Science teachers remain in short supply meaning employment prospects are excellent, with the starting salary in 2017/18 a minimum of £22,917. Transferable skills are also developed throughout the course, allowing for alternative career routes.

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching
  • academia, as a researcher via Masters level study and PhD
  • local authority/voluntary sector worker or researcher
  • non-government organisations (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service
Student success story

Hassun wanted to make a difference, so volunteered at the Calais migrant camp, helping provide the children there with access to education and a safe teaching environment.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • purpose-built laboratories that reflect the secondary teaching environment
  • experienced and supportive technicians
  • excellent lecture and seminar rooms
  • specially-designed student work areas for group or individual use

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a science subject or 48 points from a dual award or two separate sciences. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including a relevant subject(s).
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4, or equivalent*
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4, or equivalent*
  • Two GCSEs in Science (or a double award) at grade C or 4, or equivalent*

Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only, we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• Access - 60 credits with at least 45 at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. Typically at least 30 level 3 credits should be in science; more than 30 credits and/or study from a variety of the three science specialisms would be an advantage.

• Foundation year - successfully completing our Extended Degree in Biosciences or equivalent

Prior to your application, we highly recommend you visit a secondary school to gain an insight into contemporary approaches to teaching science in the UK. Studying more than one science subject at level 3 is advantageous. Offers are made on the basis of you specialising in biology, chemistry or physics.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

If you already have an undergraduate degree you are not eligible to apply for this course.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from

* GCSE science equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• Science equivalency test from
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biology Foundations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Chemistry Foundations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Further Biology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Further Chemistry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Further Physics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physics Foundations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice In The Context Of Learning And Teaching Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Chemistry In Action (M) Credits: 20
Module: Contemporary Biology (M) Credits: 20
Module: Extending Biology Credits: 20
Module: Extending Chemistry Credits: 20
Module: Extending Physics Credits: 20
Module: School Based Training 1 Credits: -
Module: Turning Points In Physics (M) Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Chemistry In Action (S) Credits: 20
Module: Contemporary Biology (S) Credits: 20
Module: Developing Learning And Teaching Within The Curriculum Credits: 20
Module: Subject Investigation A Credits: 20
Module: Turning Points In Physics (S) Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: School Based Training 2 Credits: -
Module: Science Education In Practice Credits: 20
Module: Subject Specialism: Individual Project Credits: 40
Module: The Nature Of Science And Industry Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Professional Studies In Education Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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