Taught course

PGCE Secondary Social Science

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

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Social Science 2:2 or above is normally required, or equivalent in other social science disciplines such as: Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Health, Politics, Youth and Social Work degrees and so on. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Social Science. GCSEs English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required at point of application. Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings. You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role. 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 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 challenge 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. Ofsted rated our initial teacher training provision as 'outstanding' at their last inspection.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Our PGCE Social Science is aimed at trainees wishing to teach one or more of the social sciences (sociology, psychology, politics and law) in secondary schools and/or post-16 colleges. We also offer a PGCE Psychology.

Trainees will be given the opportunity to study and teach areas of the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSHE) at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Trainees may gain some experience of teaching the humanities (RE, Geography and History) subjects at Key Stage 3 and 4. Social Science subjects are exceptionally popular choices at GCSE, 'A' level, IB and BTEC levels.

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
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969