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What will I learn?

OVERVIEW

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school psychology curriculum for the 14-19 age range. You will explore how to teach core areas of psychology, such as how we remember, why we conform, and research methods. And you’ll consider topics such as psychopathology, ethics and developmental psychology.

During the year, you will attend a series of lectures, with topics such as behaviour management techniques, assessment for learning, assessing psychology, sociology and health and social care coursework and what school leaders look for in an ideal candidate. We also have guest speakers including exam board advisors and teachers from local schools and colleges.

When you are at Manchester Met you will consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.

You won’t simply learn theory with us on-campus though, you’ll teach classes in schools too. You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Most of our graduates go on to work as psychology teachers in secondary schools.

The PGCE programme provides you with 60 masters' level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education including our new MTeach masters specifically designed for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Which department am I in?

School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,000.00 (US$ 20,550) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022

Venue

Manchester Campus

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

Greater Manchester,

M15 6BH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

4 Year Honours Bachelor Degree, subject to obtaining a minimum CGPA. If applicants have a Bachelor degree without Honours a Master's Degree will be required as applicants must have previous exposure to research/thesis writing. IELTS (Academic) - 6.5, with no component below 5.5, TOEFL IBT - Overall score: 89 with no individual test score below: Listening: 17, Reading: 18, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

For international students

Degree - You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Psychology. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree. GCSEs - You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, Equivalency tests in English, Mathematics and Science are provided by Manchester Metropolitan University. The School of Teacher Education will accept these equivalency tests for any of its initial teacher education programmes, at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after the interview. We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required. You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved. Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan is ranked in the world’s top 200 universities under 50 (THE Young University Rankings 2020).

  • One of the UK’s largest universities with over 34,000+ student
  • Triple accredited business school
  • GBP 400 million in ongoing investment
  • Industry links with global companies

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