The programme develops trainees' school experiences in order to explore some of the wider concers of Biology and Science teachers today, and provides opportunities to broaden professional experiences. There are sessions that are particularly important for Biology teachers: teaching ethics, teaching evolution and handling controversial issues such as intelligent design and teaching reproduction.

Support from the University tutor and school mentor was fantastic.

Biology trainee

An effective Biology teacher must also develop his/her pedagogical subject knowledge specifically related to teaching Biology; for example, the effective use of practical work in Biology, the teaching and learning of key Biology ideas, and the teaching and learning of Biology beyond the classroom. Sessions are provided that focus on these areas for Biologists as well as other sessions in the other two Sciences. Subject knowledge is provided via a peer teaching programme.

Want to apply?

Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encourages to work collaboratively, sharing this wealth of experience, knowledge and technical expertise.

All applicants must have an honours degree with least 50% of the qualification being relevant Biology at 2:2 or above. Examples of such degrees include Biology, Biology with Environmental Science and Biomedical Sciences.



Biology UCAS codes

York (Y50) C1X1

The Pathfinder Alliance (1VU) 2FG3

Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance (15X) 2WFJ

Diocese of Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance (2KH) 39MS

Contact us

For enquiries and further information:

Leanne Mason/ Simon Quinnell