University of Worcester Psychology (C8X1)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx

Contents

Course summary

The aim of this Psychology PGCE is to train teachers who:

  • are dynamic, enthusiastic and well qualified teachers who are passionate about Psychology and have the skills to transfer their interest and enthusiasm to their pupils
  • strive to enable their pupils to demonstrate and appreciate the value of applying scientific principles to the understanding of human thought and behaviour
  • can take a Psychology examination specification and turn it into a curriculum that motivates and excites young people in the 14-19 range
  • can deliver activities which help students to develop skills, intellect and values, for example by focusing on thinking skills, on critical evaluation of sources and viewpoints, and on issues which pose moral dilemmas and require a judgment or a decision.
  • have the confidence to allow space and time for the unexpected, so that topical events or local issues, significant news items or students’ personal activities can be used to motivate students and reinforce their learning
  • can respond to the diverse learning needs and life experiences of individual learners
  • will see themselves as part of the wider educational community and contribute to the development of the subject through engagement with colleagues and external organisations such as awarding bodies or teacher associations

In order to achieve these aims, trainees will be given opportunities within the taught component of their training to develop a range of skills which will enable them to become the very best teacher they can be. Trainees will leave the course being able to plan, teach and assess their pupils. They will be able to implement a range of strategies to manage behaviour in the classroom. They will be able to reflect on their own practice and identify future CPD needs.

Good practice in school is modelled throughout subject sessions. Trainees have opportunities to refresh their memories about the issues in psychology through workshops and seminars where they plan mini lessons, starters and plenaries, and teach and assess each other using the principles of good teaching but in a safe environment. Trainees are then able to take their pedagogical and subject knowledge and apply it to their placement environment.

Visit our website to find out more: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/pgce-secondary-psychology

Age range: You will be trained to teach 14-19 year olds.

School placements

We work with a range of schools in the West Midlands region. The school you are placed in will be within commuting distance. The University will select your placement schools.

The course is designed with periods in university. University sessions are split between subject sessions and professional study sessions. Sessions also give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, practise skills and reflect on your future development. Former trainees have made positive comments on the balance between time in university and school, the carefully structured taught sessions, and the commitment from tutors and mentors to support trainees and trainees throughout their training.

In each school you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. They help you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership schools as they take part in the selection process alongside university tutors.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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

Grade 4 (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.

University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact admissionsb@worc.ac.uk or visit https://www.worcester.ac.uk/study/find-a-course/how-to-apply/equivalency-tests.aspx for further information.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who are:

  • Resilient, supportive professionals with strong values and high standards of personal conduct.
  • Effective communicators who collaborate to support wider educational opportunities.
  • Ambitious, creative and informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning.
  • Confident and critically reflective practitioners motivated to continuingly improve practice.
  • Highly-skilled and inspirational subject/phase specialists committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and educational progress of all learners.

School experience is desirable, but not essential.

Other requirements

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach: The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

DBS: All entrants to ITE programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information. Applicants are responsible for paying for these checks.

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 £15,800

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

If you are in receipt of a bursary, you would be responsible for your own travel costs. Those not eligible for a bursary may be able to claim some travel costs to their placement schools.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £25 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

About the training provider

The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to an early career teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience mentors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher.

Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Trainee teachers at secondary level can choose additional enhancement activities in key areas including: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; English as an Additional Language; PSHE and Citizenship; developing skills in a second subject; preparing to be education leaders; Technology Enhanced Learning; teenage mental health education; education in climate emergency; research in education.

At secondary level we also offer the DfE pre-course Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects. This will be discussed at interview.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers.

Interview process

The selection process: Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.

At interview, you will be asked to complete:

  • A timed written task based on subject knowledge
  • A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
  • A group task*
  • An interview with two people, usually a university tutor and a mentor from school

  • Currently interviews are conducted online and will not include a group task.

References: For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.

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

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact this training provider

Email
admissionsb@worc.ac.uk
Telephone
01905 855111
Website
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx
Address
Henwick Grove
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR2 6AJ

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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