Psychology with University of Worcester

Course offered
PGCE with QTS, full time or part time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.worcester.ac.uk

About the course

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
  • Psychology teachers who strive to enable their pupils to demonstrate and appreciate the value of applying scientific principles to the understanding of human thought and behaviour
  • teachers who can take a Psychology examination specification and turn it into a curriculum that motivates and excites young people in the 14-19 range
  • teachers who 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.
  • teachers 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
  • teachers who can respond to the diverse learning needs and life experiences of individual learners
  • teachers who 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 with the knowledge of planning, teaching and assessing 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. To this end 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.html

Age range:

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

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
  • 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

References:

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

How school placements work

We work very closely with our partner schools, to provide you with high quality teacher training to prepare you for your first teaching job and beyond. Our partner schools provide a range of settings from rural to inner city. Most schools are within a 30 mile radius of the University. You will practise teaching in at least two contrasting schools.

The course is designed with periods in University to give you the opportunity to reflect on your future development. Former trainees have made positive comments on the balance between theory and practice, carefully structured sessions, tutors' commitment to supporting trainees and trainees supporting each other and sharing good practice.

In each school you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that 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.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,300

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, 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.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

Degree or equivalent:

Honours degree (2:2 or above) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject. Please email secondary@worc.ac.uk if you are unsure of the relevance of your degree.

Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.

GCSEs:

Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of application.

University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact admissions@worc.ac.uk for further information.

A Level Psychology is desirable but not essential.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainees who are:

  • skilled and inspirational subject specialists
  • confident and reflective practitioners
  • effective communicators who can work in partnership
  • informed intellectuals who promote a love of learning
  • resilient professionals able to demonstrate high standards of personal conduct

School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children. At this point we will discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in deciding that teaching is right for you.

Other requirements

Professional Skills Tests:

All teacher training applicants need to have passed the Numeracy and Literacy skills tests before the start of the course.

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach:

The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.

DBS:

All entrants to ITT programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), criminal records checks and children's barred list information.

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 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 geographical locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher, as part of your training.

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 to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement programmes in key areas such as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders, or developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning.

At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

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 details

Email
admissionsA@worc.ac.uk
Telephone
01905 855000
Website
http://www.worcester.ac.uk
Address
Henwick Grove
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR2 6AJ

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: W80
  • Training programme code: C8X1

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ

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