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PGCE Secondary Science Biology / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

GTTR code
Degree awarded
PG Certificate in Education
10 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

All applicants require a strong academic record at A level or equivalent and at degree level including a 2:2 honours degree in a biological science with at least half the content strongly related to Biology.  You will require a strong academic record at A-level or equivalent: you should have at least grade B in Biology (or a grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level) and at least one other science or maths subject at A-level.  All applicants must also hold qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCSE grade C or above (Grade 4 or above as of academic year 2016/17), or hold equivalent qualifications in these subjects.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
To apply for a PGCE course at the University of Manchester you must apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Please visit the UCAS website for further details. Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

This course will train you to become a biology teacher across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE and A level. Completion of this 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

The course combines master's level academic study of science education with a range of school experiences. Approximately two-thirds of your time will be spent in our partnership schools and colleges developing your practical teaching skills with the support of trained science mentors and experienced teachers. When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced science teacher mentor, improving your skills in planning, teaching and assessment.

Throughout the course you will learn how to:

  • Develop the confidence and competence of all pupils in thinking scientifically.
  • Teach and assess pupils' understanding of the different branches of science.
  • Help pupils to develop as independent and collaborative learners.
  • Use practical exercises, information and communication technology (ICT) and `the real world' in the teaching of science.

What our students say:

The course has been fantastic, the experience and most importantly the confidence I have developed whilst being on the PGCE is beyond anything I could have imagined. Yes it has been tough, but it has been completely worth it!

For more details on interviews, please visit our PGCE website .

Open days

Thinking about teaching?

The University of Manchester's PGCE team will be at the Train to Teach road show in Manchester on Saturday 12 November 2016. Come along to chat to tutors about our PGCE Primary and Secondary courses and school placements, plus ask any questions you have about course entry requirements.

There will also be presentations and Q&A sessions on our Primary and Secondary PGCEs at the University's Postgraduate Taught Courses Open Day on Wednesday 23 November 2016.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases
    International students (per annum): £17,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a first class honours degree, we will grant you a £1000 tuition fee discount.

For September 2016, graduates with a 1st class degree (or a PhD) are eligible for a Department of Education bursary of £20,000; graduates with a 2:1 degree (or a master's) are eligible for £15,000; graduates with a 2:2 degree are eligible for £15,000. You do not need to apply for a bursary - if you are enrolled and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payment by instalments from October. Graduates with a degree gained outside of the UK should contact us.

Home/EU students may be eligible for a repayable tuition fee loan. Home students in England may also be eligible for a repayable student maintenance loan. Amounts are dependent on your household income. Loans are provided by Student Finance England and repayments will start once you are earning over £21,000 per year.

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant or a non-repayable special support grant to help towards living costs. Amounts are dependent on household income.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Administrator
0161 275 8468 OR 3617
+(0)161 275 3528
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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