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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Teaching (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

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.

About this programme

We draw on current research at the IOE and elsewhere to inform a student's psychology and social science teaching, encouraging them to engage with recent debates, literature and policy in the field. Our underlying aim is to develop students as reflective and highly skilled teachers. As a 14-19 programme, there is an explicit focus on teaching examination classes in an interactive way.

Students undertake two level 7 (Master’s-level) modules of 30 credits each, totalling 60 credits. These credits can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE (check individual programme requirements).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by observation of practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Placement

You will spend most of your time (120 days) in schools, working with psychology and social science mentors who support you through your two school placements. In our partner schools and colleges, students teach psychology at A level. At GCSE, most student teachers teach psychology and/or sociology. In some placements there are opportunities to contribute to relevant vocational qualifications and Key Stage 3 humanities. Your responsibilities will be equivalent to a practicing teacher but on a reduced timetable.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are expected to work across a broad range of areas. Some will work as psychology teachers, while others will become heads of department and heads of year. Graduates in this area can also go on to work as senior leaders and teachers in charge of subject.

Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

Subject Studies - Psychology - Core
Wider Educational Studies - Psychology - Core
Secondary - Professional Practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£18,790

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

First degree - A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard with at least 50% Psychology content. A levels - Preferably Psychology at grade C, plus an additional social science or humanities subject. GCSEs - English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. School experience - We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.