TARGETjobs black logo

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Secondary Social Science 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 Social Science is aimed at trainees wishing to teach one or more of the social sciences (sociology, psychology, politics and law) in secondary schools and/or post-16 colleges.  We also offer a PGCE Psychology.

Trainees will be given the opportunity to study and teach areas of the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, Health and Social Care, Citizenship and PSHE) at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Trainees may gain some experience of teaching the humanities (RE, Geography and History) subjects at Key Stage 3 and 4. Social Science subjects are exceptionally popular choices at GCSE, 'A' level, IB and BTEC levels.

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.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Social Science 2:2 or above is normally required, or equivalent in other social science disciplines such as: Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Health, Politics, Youth and Social Work degrees and so on. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to Social Science.

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 for the latest updates

Other requirements

  • 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.

Ofsted rated our initial teacher training provision as 'outstanding' at their last inspection

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

You will examine the nature of academic and vocational provision within the social sciences in schools and colleges and become familiar 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.

Assessment methods

There are two 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 Teachers’ 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 your personal and professional development.
  • Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the course requirements.

On succcessful completion you will achieve the standards for the University award of PGCE.

Assessments are an integral part of the learning process, helping you to enter your first appointment with confidence.


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

Get in touch today and increase your future employability