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Birmingham City University

Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS

UCAS Code: X13A

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A maximum of 3 subjects are considered including at least one Science/Health related subject Excluding General Studies

Pass with 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 40 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction Must be Science/Health related If applying with an Access course you only need GCSE mathematics, English language and science at grade C/4 or above. You are not required to hold five GCSEs in total.

Must be in a topic different to the combination of Level 3 awarded. Considered with A-level or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs Mathematics, English Language and Science at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted, list of equivalencies can be found here: https://bcuassets.blob.core.windows.net/docs/itt-education-gcse-equivalencies-131859926724735384.pdf Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

HNC (BTEC)

P

120 credits at level 4 Must be in a related pathway

HND (BTEC)

P

120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 Must be in a related pathway

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include Maths, English Language and Science taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3 up to and including 2016)

See Irish Leaving Certificate under Level 3 entry

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D*

112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

112 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

112 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Health or Science related subject

112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

UCAS Tariff

112

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

112 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) and at least one must be Science/Health related.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Secondary teaching

Biology

If you have a passion for Biological Sciences, inspiring and educating young learners, and want the best possible career opportunities after graduating, then this is the course for you.

You'll benefit from our strong partnerships with a diverse range of secondary schools within the West Midlands giving you experience of the rich variety of cultural and linguistic influences, religious beliefs and social diversity this brings. Your (mostly biological) science modules will be with the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences students in our Department of Life Sciences. You will get high-quality, research-informed teaching in a range of biology and life science fields alongside a developing Life Sciences research portfolio. Throughout this course you will acquire important practical and scientific skills whilst being taught in our state-of-the-art life sciences laboratories at our recently extended £71 million City Centre Campus. Staff have expertise in a range of disciplines which will support your scientific development and prepare you for professional practice as a science educator.

The course offers you the chance to gain the professional qualification of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as a degree, helping you walk into your dream job as a secondary school teacher immediately after graduating.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City South Campus, Edgbaston

Department:

School of Education and Social Work

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
med
Secondary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

Biological sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

The recession was tough on biology graduates, and although the jobs market has improved for them - a lot - it's still not back to where it was a few years ago. If you want a career in biology research — and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). A lot of graduates also take 1 year Masters courses to specialise in this wide and deep subject - most students take a standard biology course for their first degree and then specialise in subjects like ecology, conservation or marine biology later. Hospitals, universities, biotech firms, zoos and nature reserves and clinical and scientific testing are common industries of employment for biology graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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