This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching in state-maintained schools. It will open up a satisfying and rewarding career with excellent job security.
The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.
This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.
Biology teachers are in high demand, and the Government is offering bursaries to encourage graduates to train as Biology teachers in 2016-17.
In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.
The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. What’s more, we’re one of only 25 ‘outstanding’ teacher-training institutions in the UK, according to Ofsted. So you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.
If you require additional support with your subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a Biology degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.
What to expect from the programme
PGCE trainees work with a committed team of highly experienced and nationally recognised University tutors along with mentors in schools and colleges in the North East and surrounding areas.
As a trainee teacher, you'll spend two-thirds of the PGCE course in schools and/or colleges and one-third of your time in University-based study. The close working relationship between the University and our partner establishments ensures the highest quality of training is maintained at all times.
Partnerships with schools and colleges
Close contact is maintained with partnership establishments at every stage of the programme.
Placements are offered at a range of schools involved in the education of 11-19-year-old and include:
- Both 11-18 and 11-16 Comprehensives
- Sixth Form Colleges
- City Academies
- Both 11-18 and 11-16 Independent Schools
- Specialist Schools (e.g. Technology Colleges, Arts Colleges)
- Further Education Colleges
A video showing the benefits of becoming a teacher:
Graduates Melanie and Emma discuss their experience on the PGCE Science with Biology course at the University of Sunderland and their employment as teachers.