PGCE Secondary Education with Psychology2W4M

    Course Overview

    Duration: One year full-time
  • Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE in Secondary Education with Psychology is a direct route to a career of which you can be proud. Psychology helps you understand yourself and other people; this course develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Psychology within the GCSE/A Level specifications. Psychology PGCE course addresses the main areas of psychology; developmental, cognitive, biological, social and individual differences, it is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our pupils’ lives. This course aims to produce dynamic, confident, and innovative teachers who are committed to developing students’ curiosity about human behaviour.

    We aim to train you as a Psychology teacher at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 with enhancement, the main focus of your training will be through your specialist subject. Furthermore, our PGCE Psychology trainees take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects e.g sciences, pastoral education or Special Education Needs and Diversity.

    In essence, our task is to develop your professional competence, creativity and innovation so that you can be highly effective in the classroom and also to provide a substantial base from which you can develop throughout your future career.

    At the University of St Mark & St John, we pride ourselves on the quality of our ITE programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented “The enhancement part of the programme enables trainees to develop particular skills in a specific area; for many, this involves further development of subject knowledge to enable, trainees to teach another subject’. If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

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1st Year
  • Becoming a teacher: Pedagogy & Philosophies of Learning*
  • Inclusion in the Secondary Classroom: Appreciating Diversity*
  • Understanding the Learner: A Personalised Approach to Learning & Assessment*
  • Teaching Placement*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Psychology is one of the most popular post 16 choices and as such is in growing demand . The University works in partnership with a wide range of groups across the South West. These partnerships include: Teaching Schools, Co-operative Trusts and Church Schools. Over the last 3 years over 95% of Secondary trained teachers from the Partnership  were employed in teaching jobs – above the sector and region average. Our University is well known for the outstanding quality of our trainees, and this course offers trainees the chance to perfect their transferable teaching skills within our key partner schools.

Course Leader

Leading this course is Kate Brimacombe, a highly experienced education professional with research specialisms in teaching and learning in HE, recruitment and collaborative learning.