The Psychology PGCE programme has been designed to enable all students to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards across Key Stages 4 and 5 (14–19 age range). This programme prepares students to teach psychology in a flexible and exciting way. Tutors are committed to promoting interactive teaching and learning in their sessions; a collaborative ethos is encouraged so that PGCE students share materials, resources and ideas. The programme specialises in psychology teaching, with some opportunities to teach in other related curriculum subjects.
We draw on current research at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and elsewhere to inform a student’s psychology and social science teaching, encouraging them to engage with recent debates, literature and policy in the field. Our underlying aim is to develop reflective, inquiring, compassionate Psychology teachers who are committed to social justice, inclusion and diversity.
Tutors on the Psychology PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, as well as in leadership, educational research and consultancy.
At the IOE, students will participate in a range of lectures and seminars designed to enhance their development as a teacher. These interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, promoting positive behaviour and subject-specific matters.
During their teaching practice placements, students benefit from our partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond, which enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.
The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools. The programme is delivered via a programme of ‘Debates in Education’, subject sessions, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges.
Students on this programme will spend most of their time (120 days) in schools, working with psychology mentors who support them through their two school placements. In our partner schools and colleges, students teach psychology at A level. At GCSE, most student teachers teach psychology and some may teach sociology. In some placements there are opportunities to contribute to relevant vocational qualifications and Key Stage 3 humanities. Teaching responsibilities are equivalent to a practicing teacher on a reduced timetable.