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.