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PGCE Social Science

Discussion in 'Social sciences' started by robynsmith, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. I've got a conditional offer for Social Sciences at the IOE. I'll be specialising in Psychology (finishing my degree in it now), but hoping to do some Sociology too as loved it at A level.
    Thought I'd post and ask if anyone had any advice before I start? Anything you'd recommend I read or just general tips!
    Also if anyone went to the IOE would love to hear... have met no one on the prospective student teachers forum for the same course.
    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
  2. I've got a conditional offer for Social Sciences at the IOE. I'll be specialising in Psychology (finishing my degree in it now), but hoping to do some Sociology too as loved it at A level.
    Thought I'd post and ask if anyone had any advice before I start? Anything you'd recommend I read or just general tips!
    Also if anyone went to the IOE would love to hear... have met no one on the prospective student teachers forum for the same course.
    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
  3. Hi Robyn!
    First of all, congratulations. That's fab news about getting a conditional offer for the course. It's quite competitive.
    I did my PGCE in Social Sciences a few years ago in London. It's a pretty intensive programme (so get some rest before!). I think probably one of the best things to do before is see if you can observe some lessons (primary or secondary) ... you've probably already done this but it's always good to have more experience of different learning environments. Speak to teachers, SENCOs, learning support, etc.
    Have a look at the A level and GCSE sociology and psychology specifications on the AQA, OCR and Edexcel websites ... to get an idea of what you will be teaching ultimately and how the whole course fits together. --> This will be done in the PGCE uni time but it's always good to get a bit of a headstart. --> Another option is to flick through some A level and GCSE psych and soc revision guides.
    Get stationary; lever arch files, etc. A really good generic teaching book is 'getting the *** to behave' ... worth investing in.
    Can't think of any other tips apart from ... just enjoy. It's a really intensive course but it's definately so worth it. The year flies by and you learn so much.
    Best wishes
    P.s. I think theres a group on facebook with Social Science PGCE IOE alumni ... they may be able to give you a greater insight into the structure of that specific course.

     
  4. Hi Robyn,

    Not sure if you're still active on the this forum but I wanted to ask you about the Social Science PGCE at the IOE.
    I am about to make an application for the academic beginning Sep 2013 and I was wondering about the interview process. What was the format, does it include a subject knowledge test?
    Would really appreciate any advice you might have.
    Many thanks [​IMG]
     
  5. Hi, I dont know if you are still using this forum. But I have just recieved a interview date for the pgce social science. Can you remember what you was asked in the english test? How was the interview? Do you have advice in how I can prepare?

    Thank you

    Saadiyah
     

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