Taught course

PGCE Secondary Psychology with QTS

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

Entry requirements

Degree

You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Psychology. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills

Experience in educational settings

Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.

Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.

Other requirements

  • An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills.
  • An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenges of teaching in a Secondary school.
  • An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers.
  • Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.
  • Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Overseas

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school and post 16 curriculum in Psychology.

You will also gain experience in teaching one or more social science subjects; sociology, health and social care and politics.

You will explore how to teach core areas of psychology, such as how we remember, why we conform, and research methods. And you’ll consider topics such as psychopathology, ethics and developmental psychology.

During the year, you’ll attend a series of lectures, with topics such as behaviour management techniques, assessment for learning, questioning techniques, assessing psychology, sociology and health and social care exam papers and what school and college leaders look for in an ideal candidate.

We also have guest speakers including exam board advisors and teachers from local schools and colleges.

When you’re at Manchester Met you’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona. You’ll also explore ways to teach numeracy and statistics across the psychology curriculum, and how to teach Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too. You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Information for international students

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

Qualification and course duration

PGCE(QTS)

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk