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PGCE Secondary School Direct Science: Biology (11-16 or 11-18)
Gain Qualified Teacher Status and benefit from specific school selection and training in biology.

PGCE Secondary School Direct Science: Biology (11-16 or 11-18)

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
PG Certificate in Education
Duration
10 months
Entry requirements
  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a biological science with at least half of the content strongly related to biology (if you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications)
  • Grade B in biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other science or maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
  • References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching
  • A personal statement 

A personal statement should make clear:

  • The candidate's commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching;
  • their rationale for applying to be a teacher in their subject; 
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher;
  • relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role; 
  • a good standard of written English.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You should apply through UCAS Teacher Training .

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
PGCE Y N N N

Course overview

  • Become an outstanding Biology teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Benefit from selection and training by a specific school in Greater Manchester
  • Enjoy extended periods of career-boosting on-the-job experience
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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCE (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £18,000

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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a bursary of £26,000.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 can be found on the  Department for Education website

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. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available  here  . 

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our  Alumni Scholarship  .

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
PGCE Admissions Team
Telephone
0161 275 8468 OR 3617
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/pgce/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in a biological science with at least half of the content strongly related to biology (if you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your qualifications)
  • Grade B in biology at A-level (or equivalent), or grade C if you can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level, and at least one other science or maths A-level.
  • Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
  • References which support the suitability of the candidate for teaching
  • A personal statement 

A personal statement should make clear:

  • The candidate's commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching;
  • their rationale for applying to be a teacher in their subject; 
  • an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher;
  • relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role; 
  • a good standard of written English.

English language

In addition to a grade of C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or

Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or

Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You should apply through UCAS Teacher Training .

Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.

How your application is considered

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.

When choosing a School Direct route, you should identify the particular arrangement that the School Direct lead school has made for delivery of School Direct with The University of Manchester, as this will determine your pattern of training.

You should also clarify the 'expectations' to employ by the lead school - while schools can offer you a permanent role at the end of the training, there is no guarantee of employment.

If your application is successful, the lead school will invite you to interview.

Aptitude test requirement

Trainees must pass the Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the course. Preference will be given to those applicants who have passed their skills tests at the time of interview however we will interview those who have not yet passed their tests. Please refer to the Department for Education  for further advice about registering to take your skills tests.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.  Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.  You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry cannot normally be considered.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Due to the nature of the PGCE course, applications for transfers cannot be considered.

Course details

Course description

PGCE Secondary School Direct Science: Biology (11-16 or 11-18) provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding Biology teacher.

Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16 age range in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.

The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.

This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.

We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.

At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.

Scholarships and bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a bursary of £26,000.

Information about additional funding options for September 2018 can be found on the  Department for Education website

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. The loans support available to PGCE students is similar to what is available for undergraduate students and information about government financial support for undergraduate students is available  here  . 

If you have graduated in the last three years from The University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, you may also be eligible for our  Alumni Scholarship  .

Course collaborators

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.