Become a Biology teacher

Biology teachers open children’s eyes to the world. More than anything, it’s a subject that represents a unique opportunity to teach young people about life itself.

The insights your pupils will gain from your teaching will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the living world. From cells, chromosomes and genetics to the wonders of evolution and the scientific principles that guide them. Biology will also help your pupils grasp the importance of scientific discoveries and how a breakthrough can lead to vaccines and medical interventions. You have the ability to take young minds on a journey from tiny organisms to the environment and the world itself.

Student Enjoying School
"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." Natalie Finlayson – Biology Teacher at Leith Academy

What being a Biology teacher covers:

  • Organising and setting lessons
  • Monitoring the progress of pupils, through coursework, experiments and homework
  • Setting up and controlling experiments safely
  • Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
  • Planning, supervising and leading study trips.

Take that next step into Biology

It’s a career choice that comes with a good competitive starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a degree in Biology or Biological Sciences plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Or you can study a degree that combines professional education with Biology.

This subject, as with others in the Curriculum for Excellence, can be delivered through Gaelic Medium Education. There are lots of benefits to teaching in Gaelic and we have more information about how to take this route into teaching.

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) 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.

Universities you can study in

PGDE university courses

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

The University of the Highlands and Islands and University of Strathclyde also offer a pathway into Gaelic Medium Education. Find out more about the opportunities and benefits of teaching in Gaelic.

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