Secondary Education (Biology with Science) (PGDE)

University of Strathclyde


The biology component of the PGDE course builds on your existing knowledge of biology to transform it into a form which school pupils can understand. You'll work in groups with other student teachers to explore the practicalities of teaching a biology class before, during and after the lesson. What prior knowledge do the pupils have about the topic? What misconceptions are they likely to have and how can you address them?

Entry Requirements

You must have a degree containing 80 SCQF credit points from subjects such as Animal Biology, Biochemistry, Human Biology or Biomolecular Sciences. 40 of the credit points must have been studied at SCQF Level 8 or above. You must also have Higher English plus Maths or Applications of Maths at National 5.

You require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.

Start Date



Postgraduate Diploma

Study Method

Full time


8X64 (Gaelic Medium 8X63)

Course Length

36 weeks


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences



SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other