Manchester Metropolitan University
Secondary Psychology with QTS (School Direct) PGCE
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
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 special 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.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Applicants would normally require a 2:2 or above. We would prefer degrees that are 100% Psychology but will consider joint honours degrees i.e. Psychology with law, but degree would have to contain at least 50% 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.
English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above, required at point of application.
Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.
You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.
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
- You will need to have at least 2 weeks' experience in a UK School/College undertaken in the two years prior to admission.
- 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.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research to 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
Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.
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.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Fee locale||Course duration|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 9,250 (Whole course)||Home/EU||1 Years|
|PGCE||Full-time||£ 14,400 (Whole course)||International||1 Years|
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