Applicants are normally required to have a relevant honours degree classification of 2.2 or above. A substantial element of your degree should include elements of humanities and/or social sciences. In addition, you need GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. It is possible to take a test set by the institution if you have a GCSE Grade D or equivalent. You must gain recent relevant experience of schools, observing citizenship lessons. Great importance is afforded to your GTTR personal statement and it must demonstrate enthusiasm for the subject and understanding of the aims, nature and purposes of citizenship in schools. You must be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of citizenship issues and concepts through the tasks set during the interview process. Life experiences and personal qualities also influence the selection of trainees for this course. We look for students with some experience of working with young people, or in community organisations, or in non-governmental organisations that are concerned with social justice issues.
Months of entry
This course is designed to prepare you for teaching at Key Stage 3 and 4 (11-16 year olds) and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). With over 90% of our graduates going on to teach in London (often in urban, multicultural settings), the course aims to develop politically literate, active and informed citizens.
The PGCE Citizenship is a postgraduate course for secondary teaching in the 11-16 age range. Citizenship is a relatively new area of the National Curriculum, and was included in the curriculum of all secondary schools from September 2002 onwards. A fundamental aim of the subject is developing politically literate, active and informed citizens.
By the end of the course you will have developed an understanding of the nature of both citizenship and citizenship education in schools. You will understand the core principles and concepts that underpin citizenship and be aware of a range of contemporary debates and issues. You will learn the principles of effective citizenship teaching. Through study, discussion and hands-on teaching in London schools, you will deepen your understanding of the ways children learn and how teachers can help them develop as citizens.
The course equips you with the skills necessary to teach citizenship classes and facilitate extra-curricular activities and contribute to the life of the whole school. The course aims to train teachers who are committed to improving their practice and to their future professional development.