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.