Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school and post 16 curriculum for one or more of the social sciences; sociology, psychology, health and social care, politics and law.
You will explore ways to teach areas of the social sciences (this includes citizenship and personal, social, health and economic education) across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (ages 11 – 19 years). You will also gain experience in teaching some of the humanities (religious education, history and geography) at Key Stage 3 and 4 (ages 11 – 16 years). You’ll typically explore ways to teach sociology and health and social care, and how to teach some aspects of psychology.
During the year, you’ll attend a series of lectures, with topics such as behaviour management techniques, assessment for learning, assessing sociology, psychology and health and social care exam papers and what school and college leaders look for in an ideal candidate. We also have guest speakers including exam board advisors and teachers from local schools and colleges.
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 will spend at least 120 days on placements in schools – gradually becoming the class teacher.