Taught course

PGCE Psychology

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required. Preference will be given to those with a first or second class degree, but you may be considered with a lower classification if you also have a masters or doctoral degree. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of their creative practice at interview.Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to, and enjoyment of, working with children and young people. This may be through voluntary work with young people and, ideally, some experience in schools.If you are offered a place on a Teacher Training programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS). A satisfactory certificate is a condition of entry to the programme, as we need to assess your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. All applicants to Secondary PGCE programmes must have GCSE English and Maths or equivalent and are also required to pass the QTS skills tests.Further information about the Enhanced Disclosure check, QTS skills tests and any related fees that you will need to pay will be provided in our offer letter, if your application to UCL is successful. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Psychology PGCE programme has been designed to enable all students to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers' Standards across Key Stages 4 and 5 (14–19 age range). This programme prepares students to teach psychology in a flexible and exciting way.

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has a partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond and enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism. Tutors on the Secondary PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy.

Tutors on the School Direct (Tuition Fee) PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy.

At the IOE, students will participate in a range of lectures and seminars designed to enhance their development as a teacher. These highly interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management and subject-specific matters. A collaborative ethos is encouraged so that PGCE students share materials, resources and ideas.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.

Course contact details

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