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International: £13,905 for the course
- Train for a rewarding career in secondary biology teaching.
- Gain hands-on experience with 120 days of school-based training.
- Benefit from a supportive, collaborative environment that produces exceptional teachers.
- Attain a masters-level PGCE or a PCE alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
- Prepare for work on a course with a 90% employment record and bursaries available.
This course ensures that you're fully prepared for a career in teaching secondary biology. We help you to grow academically and professionally, gaining advanced qualifications alongside practical training. You'll graduate as an experienced and employable biology teacher, ready to inspire and impart your enthusiasm. You can enhance your learning on our biology SKE course.
Watch graduate Lois Burden talk about what it's like to study this course.
How you learn
This course provides an advanced academic qualification alongside the real-world experience that is so vital for teaching. Along with honing your biology skills, you'll learn crucial techniques in behaviour management and student support. There are 120 days of school-based training that allow you to become used to the realities of teaching before graduation. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.
You learn through
- 120 days of school-based training across at least two settings
- collaborative planning
- one-to-one sessions
- group work
- practical work
- independent study
- written assessments
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit our School Direct page .
Course leaders and tutors
This course ensures that you'll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching. You'll spend 120 days across two or more sites, with school-based mentors and campus-based tutors monitoring your progress and providing support. Upon graduating, many of our students go into full-time employment at their placement school.
This course prepares you for a career in
- teaching Key Stage 3, 4 or 5 biology
- academic research via masters-level study and PhD
- local authority/voluntary sector work or research
- non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
- enrichment work with young people
- more general graduate roles including, for example, retail management and the civil service
Many of our students go into full-time positions at their placement school. The course is vocational in nature, and our graduate employment rate is usually well in excess of 90%.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- purpose-built labs, which replicate the teaching areas typically found in schools
Normally GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, 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. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.
You must also
• hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of biology or biological study
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms
You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in science-related or other educational activities
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.
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.
We welcome applications from people seeking a career change. We also encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
* GCSE science equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• OCR National Level 2 Science
• BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science
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.
|Module: Developing And Reflecting On Professional Practice||Credits: 30|
|Module: Developing And Reflecting On Subject Knowledge And Pedagogy In Secondary Science (Biology)||Credits: 30|
|Module: School Based Training 1||Credits: -|
|Module: School Based Training 2||Credits: -|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £9,250 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,905 for the course.
Scholarships and bursaries
If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support.
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.Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
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