You will learn to be a Psychology teacher through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, which is followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, role play, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences. All trainees are given opportunities to teach other subjects, such as PSHE, Sociology, or Health and Social Care. Where possible, we will match your qualifications, knowledge and experience with specific placement opportunities.
You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing three academic assignments during the course.
Over the course of the academic year, you will undertake two periods of professional practice in two different schools (these may vary slightly in length, but will equate to a minimum of 120 working days in total). You will be supported in your professional placements by a specialist who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. To this end, you will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher’s Standards.
To be accepted on this course, you must meet the partnership’s established entry requirements for Initial Teacher Education. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate the following:
A strong knowledge and understanding of Psychology, and a sound awareness of how the subject is currently taught within Secondary state schools.
A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in Psychology or a related discipline. Candidates with degrees in related subjects will need to demonstrate that they have a strong foundation in Psychology via prior study, eg. an A level.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Our school-based School Direct programme is accredited by the University of Sussex and provides trainees with an opportunity to undertake an outstanding and dynamic initial teacher training in a vibrant primary or secondary school environment.
All schools within the consortium, including the lead school, Knole Academy, are based within the west Kent and south east London area and allow trainees to be fully immersed in the daily school routine. Trainees are fully supported during their training through a robust support network of professional and subject mentors based within the placement school and at the University of Sussex.
Some key benefits of undertaking a placement within the consortium include:
Part-time (over two years) or full-time (over one year) course options available
A range of subjects are available to teach at the secondary school level
Numerous primary school teaching placements are available
A complementary 4 to 6 weeks placement within a partner school provides trainees with a varied training programme
Applicants can apply for a salaried post and start earning money from the beginning of their training
Trainees have numerous scholarships, bursaries and funding options available to support them during their training
Successful trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits
Offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary (ages 5-11) and Secondary (11-16) with specialisms in over eight subjects. For the latter, professional practice is focused on Key Stages 3 and 4.
Committed to high-quality teacher education built upon genuine partnerships, inspired by best classroom practice, and engaged in teaching as an intellectual and ethical vocation. Our goal is to recognise, support and develop a generation of reflective practitioners who are ready, willing and able to improve the life chances of every young person they teach.
Training with disabilities and other needs
All schools within our consortium, including our accrediting body, the University of Sussex, will provide additional learning support to individuals where a need has been identified.
All of our partner schools are wheelchair accessible. If applicants have specific needs we advise them to contact us before submitting their application in order for us to ensure that the highest level of support could be delivered during their teaching placements.
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