Social Science

Social scienceThe PGCE Social Science course aims to prepare you to meet the NCTL Standards fully and to teach Advanced level Psychology and/or Sociology with confidence and authority.

Programme Aims

The PGCE Social Science aims to:

  • introduce you to the variety of strategies and techniques available to the teacher in the modern education system
  • model the above strategies and techniques in University sessions
  • guide you to a set of principles which will allow you to operate as effective practitioners in new and challenging situations
  • introduce you to wider issues which confront Social Science teachers
  • inform you about current developments in education which impinge upon their role as Social Science teachers

Subject Specialism

All training will be done as a Social Science group, though where appropriate, specialist pyschology and sociology sub-groups are formed. In addition, all students are required to teach one or more Humanities, PSHE, Citizenship and/or vocational courses.

The Social Science subject specialism will run throughout the academic year and will cover a variety of areas including:

  • Psychology/Sociology
  • Personal and Social Education
  • Vocationalism
  • ICT and Social Sciences
  • Examination and Assessment Issues
  • Citizenship


Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.

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