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 is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2013).
We draw on current research at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and elsewhere to inform a student’s social science teaching, encouraging them to engage with recent debates, literature and policy in the field. Our underlying aim is to develop students as reflective and highly skilled teachers. As a 14-19 programme, there is an explicit focus on teaching examination classes in an interactive way.
Tutors on the Social Science PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, as well as in subject leadership, educational research and consultancy. Students participate in a range of lectures, workshops and seminars designed to enhance their development as a teacher. These highly interactive sessions will cover how children learn, assessment, lesson planning, behaviour management and subject-specific matters. Consistently positive feedback from students and a commitment to constantly improve makes the this PGCE a popoular choice.
‘I felt extremely supported by my tutor. The tutors here at UCL genuinely have all student teachers best interest at heart. I have learnt so much about teaching and I’m looking forward to reflect and put into practice all that I have learnt.’
‘The opportunity to work with others and develop our own personal understanding has enabled me as a social science teacher to gain greater awareness and appreciation for the profession and applying new learnt pedagogy and ideas to my practice.’
The programme is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placements. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.
Students on this programme will spend most of their time (up to 120 days) in schools, working with sociology or psychology mentors who provide support through the two school placements. Social Science Student Teachers will teach their main social science subject (usually sociology and/or psychology) at A level. At GCSE, most student teachers teach sociology and some teach psychology. In some placements there are opportunities to contribute to relevant vocational qualifications and Key Stage 3 humanities.