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PGCE with Psychology Degree

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by marygrx, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. marygrx

    marygrx New commenter

    Does anybody know if it is feasible to complete a PGCE Primary with a Psychology degree as it isn't a National Curriculum Subject?
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Surely your degree has involved using English (writing essays), maths (statistics) and science (all the bio-psychology stuff, understanding the body and brain)? Look back at your individual modules and think about what you did on the degree. Contact any PGCE providers you are interested in, to see if they would take you.
  3. marygrx

    marygrx New commenter

    Yes, I've spoken to my auntie who has completed a psychology/sociology degree and she did a PGCE and has now been a primary teacher for 15 years.
  4. ally2900

    ally2900 New commenter

    It's absolutely possible, and some Uni's actually state it on their admissions page that they welcome degree holders of this subject. I was interviewed in Dec to start a PGCE in Sept and was accepted on the day (Have a BSc in Psychology/Neuropsychology. I also know many friends on the same course who have been teaching for many teachers now.

    Bit of advice though - when writing your personal statement, it's important to include the relevancy of your degree and what you have learnt from it. Showing a good understanding of how your degree can relate to teaching will help.

    Good Luck!
  5. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    Yes, many HEIs will welcome applicants with psychology degrees.
  6. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Well, you've got to do something with it haven't you? :D

    Sorry, unhelpful hang up from my uni days when psychology was taking in hundreds of thousands of students with very few job prospects in related fields. Perhaps it still is a few decades on?

    Joking aside, your psychology degree should place you well to understand and form your own view of that great mystery which we call "learning". That will be useful, and of course you'd be well sought after now that Mrs May expects all teachers to pick up the slack for the understaffed child mental health services ;)
  7. nataliee27

    nataliee27 New commenter

    Yes of course! Although there are many different opinions on a Psychology degree - it cannot be discriminated against when it comes to doing further study - after all a degree is a degree! You worked just as hard as someone with any other degree! I have a psychology degree and got accepted onto my PGCE course on my interview day too. So go for it!
  8. skeptucator

    skeptucator Occasional commenter

    I have a BSc Psychology and have been teaching secondary science for a few years now. It's not something that has ever held me back, even as a specialist teacher of a reasonably different subject.

    Good luck!
  9. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Yup. No problem.
  10. rolls

    rolls Occasional commenter

    I work in a Teacher Education department and we love primary applicants with psychology degrees. It means that they have studied how people learn rather than a lot about a curriculum subject. It can also includes aspects of English, Maths, science and computing - key areas of the curriculum.
    The more important thing to think about is getting some experienc in a primary school and making sure it is for you,

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