Manchester Metropolitan University
Our PGCE Social Science 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. 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. In addition they gain 60 Masters Level credits (1/3 of a Masters Degree) which can be used for progression to higher academic and professional awards. Applicants have the choice of university-based or school direct routes.
Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, normally 2.1 or above classification, or an equivalent higher education qualification. GCSEs at grade C or above in English language and mathematics are also required at the point of application. Candidates will normally be expected to have engaged in at least 2 weeks of experience in a 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. In addition, applicants will need to have passed pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Core units: practice credit 1 (induction phase); practice credit 2 (teaching placement block a: formation of personal practice); practice credit 3 (teaching placement block b: development of personal practice); practice credit 4 (enrichment phase); professional practice; subject pedagogy (social science).
There are 2 elements of assessment: teaching, incorporating school experience files, that capture evidence of the range of your experiences, this element will be assessed by mentors and judged against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status; written assignments, this element builds on the teaching experience and integrates theory with practice and observation. In addition, there are several course completion requirements: the record of professional development (a portfolio of evidence of personal and professional development); the career entry profile (completed at the point of becoming a newly qualified teacher and taken with students into their 1st post); satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.
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