Bishop Grosseteste University Social Sciences (2W6T)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.bgu.ac.uk/

Contents

Course summary

This PGCE course prepares you to teach Social Science in either the 11-16 (with post-16 enhancement) or 14-19 age phases. It is a very practical course with around two thirds of the time spent in schools, mostly working with teachers and pupils, and around one third spent on directed study, with partnership training in the University and school.

It is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining study at either postgraduate or professional level with practical training to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the end of the programme.

The aim of this course is that you should become a reflective practitioner – a teacher who thinks about their experiences and learns from them in order to improve their practice. During the course you will study two academic modules designed to help you engage critically with theory and put this into practice.

Our PGCE Social Science is aimed at trainees wishing to mainly teach the 14-19 curriculum in one or more of the social sciences in secondary schools and/or post-16 colleges. You will be given the opportunity to study and teach areas of the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, Health and Social Care, Citizenship, Criminology and PSHE) at Key Stages, 4 and 5. You 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, BTEC and other vocational courses.

You will consider the broader aspects of teaching, contexts for learning, the latest government initiatives and contemporary issues in teaching, learning and assessment. You will also work alongside trainee teachers of other subjects to consider cross-curricular aspects of education. These topics will introduce you to your career in the teaching profession.

School placements

While studying this course, you will spend two-thirds of the year in placements in partner schools and other educational settings gaining rich and varied experiences designed to support meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Working with peers, tutors and school-based colleagues, you will develop your abilities to promote effective learning among 11-16-year-olds. You will also have opportunities to gain experience of the key stages before and after the ones in which you will qualify.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Applicants should typically have 50% of their degree in the subject they intend to teach.

Your degree subject should be in social sciences or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

For full details of the qualifications we accept as equivalent to GCSEs and details of the equivalency tests that we accept, please visit https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/apply-now/gcses-equivalency

Other requirements

Find out more about this course on our website by clicking here.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,700

About the training provider

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students in the historic heart of Lincoln for over 160 years. Our beautiful campus is located just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the old Roman city.

Over the past 160 years, our commitment to first-class teacher training has remained consistent and, as a result, we continue to provide schools across the country with highly-skilled graduates who are equipped to teach the next generation of young learners.

Life after BGU is also extremely important to us and we offer many different methods of support for our trainees as they begin their teaching careers.

We organise school placements for our trainees in a diverse range of partnership schools located across the East Midlands and ensure our teacher training both in schools and at the University allows trainees to develop an extensive understanding of every aspect of teaching.

Interview process

Interviews for PGCE programmes are currently being conducted via Microsoft Teams. The interview will consist of two tasks – one is related to the subject that you want to teach and the other is more generic written task. You will also have an interview with a member of the PGCE team.

When your application has been received, the Admissions team will check that you meet the requirements for your chosen programme and will then invite you to book yourself onto an interview day that suits you. Once you’ve booked your interview, you’ll receive all the information you need to fully prepare.

After your interview day, we’ll process your decision as quickly as possible and send you more information about meeting your conditions.

If you’ve applied for a School Direct place, we’ll also let the school know the outcome of the interview. For successful applicants, the School Direct partner will then make a decision as to whether to invite you to a second interview day in school.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We really care about all of our trainees and aim to support them all of the way through their studies, from application to graduation.

Therefore, applicants with disabilities and other needs are encouraged to apply. The School Direct Route makes the most of in-school mentoring, offering close support for trainees.

Here at BGU we recognise that trainees may require additional assistance to engage fully with their studies due to a range of access needs.

Student Advice plays a key role in co-ordinating services available to BGU’s disabled and sensory impaired students, and/or with specific learning differences or other access needs.

In order to assess the level of support trainees may require, we use the legal definition of disability, which is wide ranging but includes:

· Specific learning differences including dyslexia · Physical mobility difficulties · Hearing impairments · Visual impairments · Persons requiring personal care · Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome · Mental health difficulties · Medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or asthma

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list – trainees may have access needs that are not listed above. If you are unsure whether you have access needs which are covered by disability legislation, please contact Student Advice – we will be happy to offer advice and guidance.

Adjustments, where necessary, become part of daily inclusive practice in school. Further support, including for wellbeing, is available to all trainees through our Student Advice team. Clusters welcome any questions or enquiries throughout the application process.

Contact this training provider

Email
enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk
Telephone
01522 583658
Website
https://www.bgu.ac.uk/
Address
Longdales Road
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN1 3DY

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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