Being a Biology teacher

Biology teachers inspire children to discover more about everything – from the human body to the natural world. Biology tends to be taught within a broad science context in the early years of secondary with pupils specialising in the subject as they progress towards exams.

Training options

Biology with science teachers must have a degree in biology or biological sciences plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Alternatively, they can study a degree that combines professional education with Biology.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Biology at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

Natalie Finlayson - Biology Teacher at Leith Academy

“One of the most important things about teaching is showing my enthusiasm for the subject. When the pupils see how passionate you are then they start to care too. I don’t think that I’ve ever taught the same lesson twice. Even though you’re teaching the same curriculum every year, it doesn’t mean you teach it the same way. Every pupil and class have different needs, so you have to be creative and adaptable; it’s exciting that every day is different. Working with young people can be challenging but that’s a good thing. They give you the drive to better yourself and better their learning. If you’re interested in teaching, get into a classroom and observe teachers in action. You’ll get a feel for the job and hopefully you’d find it as fun as I do."

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