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Age phase: 14-19

Push the boundaries of your own understanding and actively explore dynamic learning experiences to bring Psychology to life.

The course focuses on practical learning through activities, which may include:

  • planning and performing the “Oedipus and Electra” play
  • using technology to engage and motivate
  • designing and delivering a research day with partnership schools
  • working with partnership schools in University
  • exploring psychology in the outdoor classroom

You will also have the option to develop the skills to teach a second subject.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Prepare to teach GCSE and A level Psychology in an engaging, exciting and motivating way to develop skills, intellect and values, passing on your enthusiasm
  • Develop expertise in teaching a second subject
  • Push the boundaries of your own learning
  • Actively share ideas and support each other
  • Use Psychology as a vehicle to explore classroom motivation, learning styles and differentiation.

Note: Psychology is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree normally (2:2) of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. *This course is suitable for people with a Psychology degree or a Social Science degree. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/4 at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) (or 2021 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency exams if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants, until they achieve the required standard.
  • *A Level Psychology is desirable for those people applying who have a psychology degree. Those applying with a social science degree, A level Psychology is essential.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them. NB Interviews will continue throughout 2020 and be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details.

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsB@worc.ac.uk

 

Other information

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Group shot of PGCE Psychology trainees during a psychology teacher training session

I felt fully supported and know how much effort this took. I really appreciated the fact that you chose schools that matched our personality as this experience' helped me to find another similar job that was right for me.

Trainee

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Plan and teach a research methods day for Year 12 students in a local school.
  • Use technology to create innovative methods of teaching and assessing.
  • Teach a second subject to enhance your CV.
  • Develop networks with experts from each of the exam boards.
  • Work with teachers and pupils from local sixth forms at the University.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of teaching styles and ways to organise a classroom.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: PSHE and Citizenship, Developing a Second Subject, English as an Additional Language, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Technology Enhanced Learning. In addition we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme 

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

I have been supported thoroughly throughout my training by my subject mentor.

Trainee

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

PGCE Psychology students doing group practical work

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
PGCE Psychology students doing practical group task

Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

"Observing other psychology trainees was greatly beneficial - not only learn new teaching techniques but remind myself we are all in the same boat and still find things difficult!"

Trainee

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Judy Miller

Judy is the PGCE secondary subject lead for psychology and the School Direct coordinator. She qualified as a primary school teacher in 1992 before teaching and managing a residential educational unit for Looked After Children for 10 years.  Whilst there she taught across age phases including A-Level Psychology.

Careers

Where could it take you?

PGCE student on placement

To date, employment rates are outstanding. All trainees have secured employment before the end of their training, with many of them now taking on leadership roles within schools either as Head of Department or in a pastoral capacity. Others have moved on to become Educational Psychologists or are working in Special Education.

  • Great employment prospects (100% in 2017)
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £14,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You may be able to get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

Additional costs

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

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

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 £20 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.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply now

Applications for PGCE courses should be made online through the government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for detailed information on how to apply for a PGCE.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Course code - C8X1

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Judy Miller

Personal Academic Tutor