UCL, University College London Social Sciences (2P3Y)

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
14 to 19
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training

Contents

Course summary

The Social Science PGCE prepares students to teach the social sciences across the 14-19 age range 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 Sociology teaching, with some opportunities to teach other related curriculum subjects.

We draw on research at UCL and elsewhere to inform social science teaching, encouraging student teachers to engage with recent debates, literature and policy in the field. Our underlying aim is to develop students as reflective and highly skilled teachers. We promote themes of social justice and anti-racism in the curriculum and look at ways that the social sciences can advocate for a more equal and just society.

Tutors on the Social Science PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, as well as in leadership, educational research and consultancy.

Students participate in a range of lectures, workshops and seminars designed to enhance their development as a teacher. These interactive sessions cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management 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 PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level (level 7) modules and the Professional Practice module. The programme is delivered via a programme of subject sessions, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at UCL, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will spend most of their time (120 days) in schools working with sociology or psychology mentors who provide support through two school placements. Student Teachers will teach their main social science subject (usually sociology and sometimes psychology) at A level. At GCSE, most students teach sociology and some teach psychology. In some placements there are opportunities to contribute to relevant vocational qualifications and Key Stage 3 humanities. The Professional Practice Module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and an assessment and development portfolio.

School placements

UCL works with over 300 placement schools, chosen for their quality, excellence in supporting teacher education and to provide comprehensive geographical coverage across a wide range of phases, subjects and specialisms. You will undertake two placements of approximately equal length (circa 60 days) in different schools, each with a dedicated subject mentor to support your development, with both schools carefully matched to your needs in terms of location, stage and subject, taking any mobility needs into account. London has more ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools than any other region in England and is a world leader in narrowing the gap between the performance of children from a range of different backgrounds. Training in London will provide you with an ideal platform to launch your career in teaching.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard with at least 50% Sociology content.

Preferably you should hold an A level in Sociology, plus an additional social science or humanities subject.

Your degree subject should be in social sciences or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 5 (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.

Applicants who do not offer a GCSE in English language or mathematics may demonstrate an equivalent standard by completing a test via Equivalency Testing or A Star Equivalency and achieving at least a grade 5. For mathematics, equivalency tests in mathematics foundation or mathematics higher with grade 5 are accepted. We do not accept “”applied”” or “”additional”” GCSE subjects. We do not accept BTEC, functional skills or access qualifications in place of GCSES. UCL does not accept GCSE grade 4 for entry to our PGCE programmes.

We do not accept English taught as a second language or English literature to meet our GCSE English language requirements.

Personal qualities

Great teachers are as diverse as the communities they serve. We look for candidates who have a real enthusiasm for engaging with young people, who are as excited about the process of learning as they are about teaching, and who understand that they will learn as much from their students as their students will from them. Sound subject knowledge is important, as well as students’ ability to break down their knowledge and see it through the eyes of someone for whom it is new. We particularly welcome a commitment to improving the lives of individuals and communities through education.

Other requirements

For information about all of UCL’s statutory requirements linked to Teacher Training programmes please visit our website.

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 £24,200

About the training provider

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is a global leader in teacher education, ranked number one for education for the last nine years in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Our PGCE programmes have been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in every category.

When you join IOE, you’ll be joining one of the largest teacher training programmes in the UK. We offer unrivalled expertise in teacher education, a broad and exciting range of placements and personalised care from dedicated tutors, enabling our students to become highly successful teachers.

Our programmes have been carefully designed so that you have the time and space to develop the expertise to manage, guide and inspire the children and young people you teach. You will be taught by experts in your subject and education phase, many of whom are conducting world-leading research in their field.

We are committed to supporting education in London, where schools lead the country in performance and pupil progress. We work with around 500 London schools, colleges and early years settings, including long-term partners who work with us to harness our wider research and expertise. By joining IOE, you will benefit from being part of a lively and diverse community of students and academics and will make a positive difference to the lives of young people in London.

Interview process

Candidates whose applications meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview either online or at our central London location, depending on the subject applied to. At your interview day, you may take part in a combination of group and individual interviews with members of the programme team, and may also be asked to undertake written or presentation tasks, depending on your subject or phase. You will have the opportunity to ask any pertinent questions.

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

Please visit our Student Support and Wellbeing website for information about the services they offer to incoming students.

Contact this training provider

Contact form
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/admissions-enquiries
Telephone
0208 059 0939
Website
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/courses/teacher-training
Address
University College London
Gower Street
London
Greater London
WC1E 6BT

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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