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Secondary PGCE Psychology (Age Phase 14-19)

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  • Objectives
    Edge Hill University is one of only five providers in the country offering a PGCE in Psychology. The programme recognises the growing numbers of pupils studying the subject in schools and the need for appropriately qualified teachers. The Psychology PGCE aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as equipping you with sufficient subject knowledge to teach across the 14-19 age range in schools. We will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high-quality, skilled teacher of Psychology.
  • Entry requirements
    This programme is for you if: * You have a degree in or featuring Psychology; * You want to help pupils aged 14 to 19 develop a variety of skills and excite their curiosity in explaining behaviour; * You wish to learn the latest professional methods to become a confident and capable teacher.
  • Academic Title
    Secondary PGCE Psychology (Age Phase 14-19)
  • Course description
    What will I gain from this programme?

    You will be one of the first ever qualified teachers of Psychology specifically trained to teach this popular subject. You will gain professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence, having experienced the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

    What will I study?

    You’ll start with a subject knowledge and understanding audit to identify your main strengths and weaknesses and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs. During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

        * Knowledge of essential educational theory;
        * Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including investigative work, group discussions, role play, project work, presentations and examinations;
        * Understanding of the curriculum;
        * Ability to plan lessons effectively;
        * Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used in schools;
        * Greater subject knowledge and professional and academic skills;
        * Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through the study of professional values;
        * An understanding of how psychology can be applied to teaching and learning.

    How will I study?

    A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.

    You will develop your subject knowledge by participating in numerous activities. These include visits to places of interest and guest speakers on various topics, for example, assessment in psychology, enrichment activities, applying psychology in the classroom and creative teaching strategies.


    You’ll spend 24 weeks on placement in schools, colleges and settings, putting your training into practice through assisting in and taking responsibility for classes. During your placements, you’ll work alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

    Who will be teaching me?

    The course has been designed by a programme leader with many years of experience leading the subject in highly successful schools. Modules will be delivered by the course leader and other highly experienced members of the secondary PGCE team. Lecturers from the Department of Social and Psychological Sciences and Faculty of Health will also have some input into the programme according to their fields of expertise along with occasional visiting lecturers who will deliver specialised workshops.

    How will I be assessed?

    A variety of assessment methods will be used, including presentations, evidence from work-based experience of planning and preparation of teaching materials, literature review, research, student evaluations and reflections upon your work and critical analysis of research and theories.

    What are my career prospects?

    There is a huge demand for, and shortage of, qualified psychology teachers. You will be one of a small number of teachers specifically qualified to teach psychology with a qualification from a highly respected provider of teacher training.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Programme is compliant with the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)/ Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) allowing applicants to demonstrate the Professional Standards for the Award of QTS.

    Successful completion of the programme leads to a Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

    Further study at Edge Hill University

    As a teacher, you will be keen to build your skills as your career progresses. Edge Hill University is the largest provider of Professional Development for teachers in the country. You could gain further qualifications through your work in schools and colleges, or through further in-depth study such as our MA pathways.

    During your PGCE programme, we will carefully prepare you for your NQT year by helping to identify your continuing training needs. Edge Hill’s Professional Development team will continue to support you through your NQT year and be available throughout your teaching career.

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