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Secondary Social Science with QTS (School Direct) PGCE

Manchester Metropolitan University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

OVERVIEW

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

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

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(international fees)

£ 17,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • University League Table

    54th

  • Campus address

    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,500 students from more than 120 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 81 4

    48th out of 102 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    130 65%

    20th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    36th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    52nd

    8
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    125 63%

    40th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%

    53rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    45th

    41

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