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Secondary Social Science with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

Secondary Social Science with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Social Sciences / Humanities / Culture Teaching / Training Teaching In Secondary Schools Social Sciences

Course type


Course Summary


Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school and post 16 curriculum for one or more of the social sciences; sociology, psychology, criminology, health and health and social care, politics and law.

You’ll explore ways to teach areas of the social sciences and develop your subject knowledge (this includes citizenship and personal, social, health and economic education) across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (ages 11 – 19 years). You will also gain experience in teaching some of the humanities (religious education, history and geography) at Key Stage 3 and 4 (ages 11 – 16 years). You’ll typically explore ways to teach sociology and health and social care, and how to teach some aspects of psychology.

During the year, you’ll attend a series of lectures, with topics such as behaviour management techniques, assessment for learning, assessing sociology, psychology 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 won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too. You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools – gradually becoming the class teacher.


Most of our graduates go on to work as social science teachers in secondary schools.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with 60 masters’ level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 Social Science. 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.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more