Biology with Balanced Science

Key Facts

Course Code C1X1
  • Qualification


  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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The Science course aims to help trainee teachers build the confidence and skills needed to develop as successful teachers. The course is designed to prepare trainee teachers to teach Science in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, and their specialism at Key Stage 4 and post-16 courses, including AS and A2 levels courses.

Key Facts


In all university-based sessions student teachers are expected to be active participants.

Coursework is practically oriented and closely related to teaching and learning. The University teaching team has extensive science teaching experience across the Science curriculum. The Science course at Aberystwyth University was inspected by ESTYN in January 2007 and was awarded a Grade 1 (Outstanding).

Early in the course student teachers are introduced to a range of schemes and strategies currently in use in secondary Science teaching. You look at how children learn and develop. You will consider factors to be taken into account when developing lessons which are interesting, balanced and relevant to learners’ needs. You have opportunities to explore the different ways in which pupils can develop understanding in science, and to become familiar with a variety of resources that can be used to support these.

Trainee teachers will prepare and demonstrate practical work of the kind undertaken by pupils and be encouraged to think about the implications for classroom organisation and management. A range of teaching approaches will be explored. Other important aspects of work at this stage in the course are laboratory safety, lesson planning, lesson evaluation and the use of ICT in science teaching.

In addition to the science, the PGCE course also prepares trainee teachers for cross-curricular themes and educational issues, including:

  • Key skills
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • First aid
  • Child protection
  • Health education
  • Assessment
  • Education for global citizenship and sustained development
  • Curriculum Cymreig

Entry Requirements

You will need to have a degree which has at least half of its content in Science. We have accepted students with degrees in sport science, equine science, degrees in the medical field and other related degrees. In addition you must hold a grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics and Science. All PGCE Science students, irrespective of degree subject, have curriculum `gaps´ to fill during the course. Because of this, a capacity for disciplined self study is a characteristic of student teachers who do well. Other key personal characteristics are curiosity, perseverance and organisation. If you are a graduate with these qualities in abundance you should thrive on the course.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.