Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach and develop your subject knowledge in the secondary school and Post-16 curriculum in psychology. You may also gain experience in teaching one or more social science and humanities subjects; sociology, health and social care, criminology, citizenship, religious education, history and geography.
You will explore how to teach core areas of A-level Psychology, such as how we remember, why we conform, and research methods. And you’ll consider topics such as psychopathology, ethics and developmental psychology.
During the year, you’ll attend a series of lectures, with topics such as behaviour management techniques, assessment for learning, assessing psychology, sociology and health and social care coursework and what school leaders look for in an ideal candidate. We also have guest speakers including exam board advisors and teachers from local schools and colleges.
You’ll also explore ways to teach numeracy and statistics across the psychology curriculum, and how to teach personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).
When you’re at Manchester Met you’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too. You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.
When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can work at any level in schools and colleges.