Education Secondary and Biology BA/BSc (Hons) + PGCE

Bath Spa University
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Education Secondary and Biology BA/BSc (Hons) + PGCE

Education Secondary

You'll explore education from many theoretical and ideological perspectives in your core modules. This in-depth knowledge of the education industry, combined with your specialist subject knowledge, gives you that all-important edge when you embark on your professional education career.


The course covers a broad range of fundamental biology topics, from cell biology and genetics to plant, animal and human biology. In additional to these core topics, you have a wide range of modules to choose from, allowing you to develop a particular theme which interests you.

You'll develop a broad range of skills, some specific to Biology, while others are useful in varied professional environments. The course is real-world focused; you'll graduate as a professional Biologist, prepared to solve a range of problems and keep up-to-date with scientific advances.

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Program content

Education Secondary

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Education for Change
  • Introduction to Secondary Schools
  • Changing Schooling

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Issues in Education
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Schools
  • Understanding Classrooms
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Teaching and Professionalism in the Secondary School
  • Education Secondary Research Project part 1

An optional module which may include:

  • Education Secondary Dissertation Project Part 2
  • Social and Educational Inclusion

Please note, not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Biological Techniques
  • Conservation Biology
  • Human Biology
  • The Microbial World
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Communicating Science

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Biological Systems
  • Biology in Society
  • Research Skills for Biology
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Human Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Food Analysis
  • Human Nutrition
  • Biology Work Placement
  • Environmental Management
  • Biotechnology
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • The Marketing Business
  • Environment and Education
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation Planning
  • Dissertation Publication
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Plants and People
  • Environmental Practice
  • Medical Biology
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Food Safety
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Investigations in Microbiology
  • Evolutionary Neuroscience and the Origin of the Human Mind
  • Applied Behavioural Psychology
  • Learning in Science
  • Publishing Industry Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


International students Full time: £15,240


Program Intended Learning Outcomes

Education Secondary

  • The ability to demonstrate through sustained argument a systematic understanding and coherent, detailed knowledge of the wider social, cultural, historical, political and economic contexts of secondary education and schooling.
  • The ability to demonstrate though sustained argument a systematic understanding and detailed knowledge of the nature, purposes and development of education policy in the UK and internationally with particular reference to secondary education.
  • The ability to demonstrate through sustained argument, a systematic understanding and coherent, detailed knowledge of the development of education practices in a range of school contexts and how these relate to secondary teachers and learners.
  • The critical understanding and ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis in educational research with specific reference to secondary education.
  • Biology

  • Competence in a broad range of appropriate practical techniques and skills relevant to the biosciences.
  • The ability to demonstrate a secure and accurate understanding of the explanation of biological phenomena at a variety of levels (from molecular to ecological systems) and explain the relationship of evolutionary theory to your area of study.
  • The ability to access and evaluate bioscience information from a variety of sources and to communicate the principles both orally and in writing in a way that is organised and topical, and recognises the limits of current hypotheses.
  • Construct reasoned arguments to support your position on the ethical and social impact of advances in the biosciences including professional integrity and standards.
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    Bath Spa University

    Newton Park
    BA2 9BN Bath
    United Kingdom

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