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PGCE Secondary Social Science

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.

Other requirements:

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.

An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.

Excellent inter-personal skills.An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a Secondary school.

An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers.

Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.

Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

The Faculty of Education has 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 Social Science 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. We also offer a PGCE Psychology (see separate course entry).

Trainees will be given the opportunity to study and teach areas of the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, Health and Social Care and PSHE) at key stages 3, 4 and 5. Many of these subjects are exceptionally popular choices at GCSE and 16-19 levels.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints in Manchester. Further details at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

You will examine the nature of academic and vocational provision within the social sciences in schools and colleges and become familar with teaching resources, including ICT and practice a variety of classroom skills at university and in schools and colleges.

The subject strand is at the core of these courses, representing approximately 90% of the total course time, both in school and in the university. This strand deals with both methodology and with the educational theory relevant to teaching the social science subjects.

Also considered are the role of language in teaching, teaching pupils with special educational needs and pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) and teaching classes with a wide range of ability.

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. Trainees receive sustained support in their attempts to secure employment and many of our graduates how hold positions of responsibility in our partnership schools.

The Faculty of Education offers an extensive and flexible programme of continuing professional development opportunities to Masters level, including Educational Leadership and Management, Education and Inclusive Education and SEN. Our Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10, offers an MRes Education and Society and Doctor of Education.

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
. World class teaching and learning facilities at our new academic building
. 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

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

Entry Requirements

Social Science 2:1 or above is normally required, or equivalent in other social science disciplines such as: Sociology, Criminology, Health Politics, Youth and Social Work degrees and so on. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required at point of application.

Course Fees

Full-time UK students: £9000. Non-EU international students: £12,500

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