PGCE Secondary Psychology with QTS

How do you explain the concept of memory? Can you increase students’ understanding of psychological theories through learning outside of the classroom? Does new research influence teaching and learning methods?

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Overview

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach and develop your subject knowledge in the secondary school and post 16 curriculum in psychology. You may also gain experience in teaching one or more social science and humanities subjects; sociology, health and social care, criminology, citizenship, religious education, history and geography.

You will explore how to teach core areas of ‘A’ level 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, assessing psychology, sociology and health and social care coursework and what school leaders look for in an ideal candidate. We also have guest speakers including exam board advisors and teachers from local schools and colleges.

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).

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 increasing your involvement to become the class teacher with as few classes.

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

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Most of our graduates go on to work as Psychology 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. 

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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

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.

Course details

On the University-led and School-Direct PGCE routes, you’ll have lectures and seminars at Manchester Met and spend at least 120 days on placements in schools across Greater Manchester.

At University, you’ll mainly study with the trainees in your psychology group. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver lessons through interactive, hands-on workshops, exploring mediums such as drawing and textiles.

Although you’ll mostly learn with your group, you’ll attend critical skills lectures and workshops once a week in mixed groups with students from other subject areas.

These sessions help you to develop skills outside of your subject knowledge. Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).

You’ll also develop your research skills during these lectures, analysing the latest educational research and theories. Understanding research means that if you have an issue in the classroom (such as challenging behaviour or inclusion) you can explore research and use it to guide your teaching.

During your first couple of weeks, we’ll help you to develop the organisational skills you’ll need as a psychology teacher (such as carrying out assessments and dealing with paperwork).

We’ll also give you a full overview of the year and the lesson planning activities you’ll be doing, to help you to stay organised throughout the course.

When you go for interviews for your first teaching post, you’ll be expected to present a portfolio of your work alongside your interview. To make sure your portfolio is ready for interviews, you’ll work on it from December. This gives you time to make sure that you have all of the pieces of work that you’d like to showcase to schools.

You’ll go on your first block placement in late September, where you’ll put the skills you’ve learnt at University into practice and build your confidence in the classroom.

You’ll be involved in all aspects of teaching, from marking work to delivering lessons to helping with parents’ evenings.

When you’re on placement, you’ll have a school mentor (often the class teacher) to help you with day-to-day matters, and receive regular visits from your personal tutor and visiting tutor.

In the spring term, you’ll complete a short placement in a primary school. This experience helps to broaden your knowledge of teaching methods and develop your teaching skills.

If you are on the university-led route, you can also apply to spend a short time overseas at the end of placement B, gaining teaching experience in an international school. In previous years, trainees across the PGCE courses have taught at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus and Norway, and public schools in France.

When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Psychology, and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to work in the 11 - 16 age range with post 16 enhancement. 

You’ll also be awarded 60 masters’ credits (a masters degree is 180 credits), which you could put towards further study and career development.

Units on this course may include:

You'll engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. 

There will be a focus on:

  • Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
  • Working in multi-professional teams
  • Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • Managing students' behaviour
  • Planning and evaluating students' learning
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

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Core Units

Subject Pedagogy (Psychology)

This double-weighted unit seeks to develop your ability to reconceptualise your knowledge and understanding in the subject and to apply this to your planning, preparation and classroom teaching in an effective manner.

This unit is inextricably linked with the other units which run concurrently and enable the unit outcomes to be demonstrated in a range of complementary contexts. This unit is designed to extend your interest, knowledge and confidence in your subject, as a subject within the curriculum and to extend your development of an analytical and critical attitude towards the teaching and learning of your subject in classroom, group and individual contexts. This unit will develop your understanding of pupils’ response to teaching strategies, to help you to plan for a gradualist approach to teaching and the broadening context of your experiences.

Reflection on Professional Development

The Reflection on Professional Development unit will enable you to critically reflect on your learning experiences through the lens of key theoretical ideas and research, and to monitor and evaluate your ongoing professional development against programme outcomes and the Teachers’ Standards. The unit continues throughout the programme and culminates in the submission of a digital reflective portfolio that traces your professional development and connects theory and practice.

Critical Studies

The unit, through research and reflection on practice, will explore critical and professional issues i.e. the nature of an inclusive school curriculum, Assessment for Learning, Equality and Diversity, Classroom Management and Behaviour for Learning. You will be encouraged to reflect on your wider individual and collective professional experience in school and, through research and group discussion, develop individual responses in relation to your own practice. The unit is linked to the Subject Pedagogy unit and will develop your understanding of the wider professional role of the teacher and the classroom context in which subject teaching takes place. The assessment of the unit will be based on the your work in the Placement B school during the Development and Assessment phase of the programme.

Placement B

This practice credit unit is two of two practice credit units that enables you to demonstrate your progress toward meeting the Teachers' Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. It provides contexts in which you can put into practice your own learning, reflect on your actions, evaluate your role in relation to pupils’ learning and review your performance in supporting teaching and learning in a more autonomous fashion.

Placement A

This practice credit unit is one of two practice credit units that enables you to demonstrate your progress toward meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. It provides contexts in which you can put into practice your own learning, reflect on their actions, evaluate your role in relation to pupils’ learning and review your performance in supporting teaching and learning.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Additional information about this course

Placement options

On this one-year course, you’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools.

We know that teaching a class can be daunting, so we’ll help to prepare you before you start your placements. You’ll have a gradual introduction to teaching, observing, getting to know your, pupils, classes and the teachers, before having the opportunity to teach classes on your own.

You’ll go to at least two contrasting mainstream secondary schools (such as a school in a rural setting or an inner city comprehensive) or colleges and a primary school. You may have the opportunity to experience a Special Educational Needs (SEN) setting, or a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) too.

On your placements, you might experience inner city or rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensive and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form, and further education colleges.

This variety helps you to experience different situations and further develop your practical skills as a teacher.

School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Our School of Teacher Education and Professional Development was established over 100 years ago and specialises in training teachers and education professionals.

The department is home to three main areas in primary and secondary teacher education and professional development, and has partnerships with over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

If you are applying through the University-led route, the University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the students term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Students are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. If you are applying through the School Direct route, the lead school will take responsibility for arranging all practice credit units including placement experiences. You should expect some travel to other schools e.g. for your second placement. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Professional Costs

0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs/

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, ITET applicants do not have to pay for the first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. Responsibility for DBS clearance on employment based and CPD programmes normally lies with your employer and not the University. Where a new DBS check is required for placement but not supported by your employer, the University will pay the cost of your first check. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs /Membership of the Design and Technology Association (DATA) is encouraged, but is not mandatory.

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How to apply

UCAS Code: C8X1

Applications for University led and School Direct PGCE routes should be made online via UCAS Teacher Training, www.ucas.com for 2018 entry.

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