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PGCE Secondary Psychology

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

We have a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

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

It is amongst the first in the country designed to offer specific training to teach in the 14-19 sector and offers a trainee teacher exchange and links to schools in Europe and the USA. You will have the opportunity to learn about the common core areas taught in UK Psychology departments.

A unique feature is that sessions are delivered by experienced team leaders for Psychology GCE. There will also be the opportunity to have sessions with some of the top practitioners and authors in the world of Psychology.

2014 applicants will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints, Manchester. See http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields.

Although Psychology programmes in schools and colleges vary in terms of aims and content (due to several different specialisms being taught), there are common strands.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their 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

In recent years there has been 100% employment in teaching achieved by trainees on this course. There are a significant number of teaching vacancies in the social science disciplines. Graduates in the social sciences have highly developed relevant skills which are both flexible and broad. They are aware of the evolving nature of the societies we live in and are able to offer academic, practical and personal attributes which are particularly suited to teaching the secondary and college age range.

24 weeks of the 36 week programme are spent in schools and placements are central to the course. They will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges. The Enrichment phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. Programme rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted
. National reputation in secondary teacher education
. Practice placements available in a diverse range of schools and colleges
. Course include 60 Masters Level CAT points
. Access to NQT Alumni Support in your first year of teaching
. Close links to the University's Educational and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Visit the PGCE Secondary Psychology page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally require a 2:1 or above. Candidates will normally be expected to engage in at least two weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school. English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required at point of application..

Course Fees

Full-time UK students: £9,000. Non-EU international students £12,500

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