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How does Psychology relate to PGCE FE

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by LJRUDD, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Hi Naimasq

    Psychology is a great subject to teach. I followed this route and completed my PGCE pcet for Psychology and went on to teach A level Psychology and Access to HE in an FE college.

    HOWEVER- there is a pretty big fly in the ointment in the form of a new white paper by education secretary Mr Gove. Psychology, Social sciences, General studies, Health and social care, Business studies, Leisure and Tourism, General science and applied sciences are now considered NON ESSENTIAL and therefore will not be awarded a bursary to cover costs.

    Physics and other sciences and maths will now attract a bursary of up to £20k depending on your degree classification.

    Bearing in mind that your average teaching course will be £7-£9K, this makes this a very big decision. We in the Psychology community are very unhappy about this decision but its something you need to consider.

    If you do decide to follow this route, the ATP is a good organisation to get involved with. They are the Association for the Teaching of Psychology and can help provide advice if you become a Psychology teacher in any sector in the future. www.theatp.org

    Hope this helps
  2. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    There are also a few providers of the secondary PGCE in Psychology for teaching the 14-19 age group. This would give you the option of secondary school/sixth form and FE.
  3. Hi

    Psychology is one of the most popular A-level subjects in FE and in a growing number of school 6th forms. I also believe that there is still a shortage of Psychology specialists, so although the job market is hard at the moment, Psychology does have better prospects than some other subjects.

    One warning though! Do decide which Post-compulsory environment you want to teach in because there is a huge debate raging over where FE trained teachers can work, although the law has recently changed over this, not everyone recognises it. If you want to teach in the school 6th forms in addition to FE and Sixth Form Colleges, it will be easier for you if you do a 14-19 PGCE with QTS (they are relatively new) which will keep your options open. If you don't, do the PGCE Post-compulsory like me. Also, if you're uncomfortable with the idea of 'diving in head first', DON'T apply for college jobs until you've studied a full-time PGCE at a teaching institution linked to a University, such as the Institute of Education. Otherwise, you could end up dropped in it and studying a second rate Initial training course at a second-rate college in the evenings over 2 years when you're already dogtired from your own full teaching day and covering courses that you know nothing about with horrible teens because someone is off sick and 'that's your job'. Also, if the college turns out to be horrible, you'll have no get out until you've finished the training.

    Hope this helps! PM me if you have any further questions!

    Good luck!
  4. I would second everything msbrainy says. I went through the in service FE route a few years ago and was very happy with it. But watching colleagues doing it now makes me extremely worried for their sanity!
    Take your time, think though which sector/s you want to work in and then embark on training you understand.
    And don't be afraid to come back and ask more questions. A quick search here will get you a lot of threads with all sorts of opinions..... have fun!
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