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Training to teach biology
By training to teach biology, you can enrich pupils’ understanding of themselves and the world around them. A training bursary of £26,000 could also support you while you train as a biology teacher. As a biology teacher, you could benefit from the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme. There’s even support before you apply, you’ll receive a dedicated teaching expert who will answer all your teaching-related questions and help you throughout your application when you register with us.
When you teach biology, you’ll be responsible for introducing students to all manner of significant processes, from the human body to the natural world. You’ll be setting them up to succeed in a diverse range of important careers.
As a trainee biology teacher, you’ll learn the skills to plan and deliver engaging lessons that inspire the best results from your pupils. You’ll be assisted by a team of mentors and tutors, helping you become a confident and inspiring teacher.
At the end of successfully completing teacher training, you’ll gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England. Additionally, all university-led courses will offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), and so do most school-led courses - you can check if a course provides a PGCE on UCAS Teacher Training.
On top of the job security and satisfaction, teaching biology also offers a competitive starting salary of at least £22,917, or £28,660 in inner London. As your career progresses, so will your salary – in fact, teachers in leadership roles earn on average £57,500, with many earning significantly more. Additionally, teaching offers access to a wealth of other benefits – from a generous pension to enjoying the flexibility of school holidays, up to 13 weeks, which are unique to the profession.
Enhance your subject knowledge
Last year nearly 40% of trainees in eligible subjects completed additional subject training to enable them to start teacher training. If you don’t have a biology degree, or need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training – find out more.
95% of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role within six months of completing their training
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