Kingston University Citizenship with Social Science (2VZZ)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.kingston.ac.uk

Contents

Course summary

The PGCE Citizenship with Social Science is an exciting course for those who are passionate about developing pupils’ enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject. You will develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in citizenship including democracy, law and justice, human rights and diversity. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with citizenship for 11 16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations.

The Social Science element will enable you to receive support in teaching sociology, politics, psychology or philosophy in the 14 19 age group. This will benefit your future employability in schools.

You will be trained by leading practitioners in the area who will support your emergence as a highly effective, research-engaged teacher. The course is designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality creative lessons.

The PGCE course consists of three modules designed to support the award of the PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status.

Module 1 Professional Practice This module combines theory and practice in developing your subject knowledge and pedagogical skills and understanding. You will be immersed in professional studies sessions enabling you to develop holistically as a teacher.

Module 2 Reflective Teacher (Masters level) This module aims to develop your theoretical understanding of what it is to be a teacher as well as your practical skills as a reflective practitioner. This will help you to critically analyse your own teaching and grow as a teacher.

Module 3 Policy, Practice and Professionalism (Masters level) This module aims to develop your understanding of teaching as a research-informed profession and how policy and practice impact upon each other.

The PGCE course is organised in two strands: subject days and three blocks of school experience days.

You will spend subject study days at the university taught by leading practitioners in citizenship who are effective, research-engaged teachers. The three blocks of school experience days, spread through autumn, spring and summer terms, will be spent in schools developing practical teaching skills with the support of experienced mentors and teachers.

Assessment is based on practice in schools and by written assignments on our Level 7.

Following successful completion of this course, you will receive a PGCE leading to Qualified Teacher Status and gain 60 M level credits which can be imported into our Masters of Research course taught at the university.

School placements

You will spend a minimum of 120 days across two contrasting schools. The first placement builds confidence in teaching and planning lessons.

The second placement develops understanding and practice in assessing pupils work and the final placement consolidates knowledge, skills and understanding of pedagogy and will aim to make you increasingly independent and ready for your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in Citizenship with Social Science 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.

We accept equivalency tests from the following centres. Please note there is a charge for the test - see website for further details.

https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

https://astarequivalency.co.uk/

Personal qualities

We explore the following areas when selecting candidates:

  • Understanding of secondary school curriculum, including the identification of area for development before and during the course;
  • Depth of subject knowledge, including understandings of the nature and methods of the discipline;
  • Enthusiasm for their specialist subject;
  • Interest in teaching and motivation for seeking entry to the profession;
  • Experiences of working with young people and what has been learned from secondary school visits;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the aims and content of the National Curriculum and
  • Experience of using ICT with areas for development identified.

Other requirements

DBS & Medical Check clearance and receipt of outstanding qualification certificates.

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 £15,000

About the training provider

Kingston University’s Department of Education has a strong tradition of teacher training at Kingston Hill, going back to the formation of Gypsy Hill College (1917). We have an excellent reputation, both locally and nationally, and were ranked second overall in the UK for Education in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

One of the key elements of our courses that students feel define their experience at Kingston is the excellent support they receive from tutors and school-based mentors on placement. We believe that this is a significant factor in the success students have in gaining their award of QTS and the PGCE, as well as finding employment. Our students become effective, creative, inclusive and evidence-informed teachers that are highly sought after by schools following graduation.

Our courses are located on a spacious and beautiful site on Kingston Hill, set amongst natural woodlands adjacent to Richmond Park, yet within easy access of both Kingston upon Thames and Central London. This self-contained campus, with a range of facilities, is linked to other parts of the university by a free bus service and has free onsite parking for students.

Interview process

If you meet the initial criteria of the course, you will be invited to interview. Currently these are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Prior to your interview, you will be expected to complete a 5 minute video recording of a teaching segment and upload this 24 hours in advance of your interview. Further details will be provided in your interview invitation.

The online interview session can take up to 2 hours and will involve a formal interview with a subject tutor. During your interview, your awareness of current issues in secondary education; passion for teaching your subject and understanding of the National Curriculum will be explored.

Following your interview, you will be expected to complete a timed subject task as well as an English written task.

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 welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds in addition to those with disabilities and specific needs to apply for our courses. Our Disability Team will be available to offer any guidance and support you may need for your interview at Kingston University or during the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
education@kingston.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8417 5145
Website
http://www.kingston.ac.uk
Address
Kingston Hill Campus
Kingston Hill
Kingston-upon-Thames
London
KT2 7LB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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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