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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

Accepted with other acceptable L3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS tariff points. subjects excluded General Studies

60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 40 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction. If you do not hold GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above, then credits must also include English, Maths and Science at Level 2. Applicants taking an access to higher education diploma will need GCSE's grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science. Appropriate equivalent qualifications can be considered http://bcu.ac.uk/courses/primary-education-with-qts-ba-hons-2018-19 or achievement of 12 credits at L2 in these subjects within the Access course.

Must be combined with standard level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 Ucas Tariff Points Must differ from A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A mininum of 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or higher including Maths and English Language Equivalents of Maths and English Language subjects are accepted, however must be held with other 3 actual GCSE's. Acceptable equivalents: - BTEC LEVEL 2 First Certificate - Merit or Distinction (Science or Applied Science only) - BTEC Level 2 Diploma - Merit or Distinction (Science or Applied Science only) - BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - Merit or Distinction (Science or Applied Science only) - Intermediate GNVQ - Merit or Distinction (Science only) - Pearson Edexcel certificate level 1/ level 2 (grades A-C) - Maths, English and science tests taken through Equivalency Testing (equivalency testing.com.)

HNC (BTEC)

D

Overall Distinction profile A transcript will be required. Considered at the tutor's discretion.

HND (BTEC)

D

Overall Distinction profile A transcript will be required. Considered at the tutor's discretion.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points 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) Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).

See Irish Leaving Certificate under Level 3 entry

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.

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

D*D*

Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.

Only in combination with other qualifications. Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.

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

DMM

Only in combination with other qualifications. Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.

Achieve a minimum of 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). Minimum of 3 subjects to a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112

Only in combination with other qualifications Can be counted alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications totalling at least 112 UCAS tariff points.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Secondary teaching

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.

81%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

77%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Secondary 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.

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£22k

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£23k

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.

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