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I've tried looking for a Sociology PGCE course, but no universities seem to do this course, which i can't see why, but does anyone know of any universities who do this course?? Thank you
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If you type "sociology pgce" into Google, the first two options are courses at the Institute of Education and Manchester Metropolitan. You'd be doing a Social Sciences PGCE with a Sociology specialism, rather than specifically Sociology - I guess Sociology, Psychology and Politics aren't really big enough subjects nationally to warrant their own specific courses. Expect to teach PSHE and Citizenship as well as Sociology.
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(Original post by varcolac)
If you type "sociology pgce" into Google, the first two options are courses at the Institute of Education and Manchester Metropolitan. You'd be doing a Social Sciences PGCE with a Sociology specialism, rather than specifically Sociology - I guess Sociology, Psychology and Politics aren't really big enough subjects nationally to warrant their own specific courses. Expect to teach PSHE and Citizenship as well as Sociology.
Aww okay, that's helpful, thank you I haven't even started a degree yet, i'm in my first year of A levels, but i need to start thinking what degree i want to do, and i really wanted to be a sociology teacher, but i wasn't gonna do that degree, unless i could find a PGCE in it! haha thank you!
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(Original post by mollyx)
Aww okay, that's helpful, thank you I haven't even started a degree yet, i'm in my first year of A levels, but i need to start thinking what degree i want to do, and i really wanted to be a sociology teacher, but i wasn't gonna do that degree, unless i could find a PGCE in it! haha thank you!
Social Sciences are really oversubscribed and the PGCE courses don't attract any funding at the moment. My university has a really good Social Science PGCE course but as far as I know it's closing down next year because the government hasn't funded any places. So in 4 years time when you're finishing university, the situation could be even worse.

But if Sociology is what you're interested in, you should go ahead and study it regardless. But maybe consider combining it with another subject so you have other options? For example, you can do joint honours degrees in History and Sociology, Law and Sociology, Politics and Sociology or a language and Sociology. Obviously this depends what your other A-Levels and interests are, but could be worth considering as a way to keep your options open.
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(Original post by myrtille)
Social Sciences are really oversubscribed and the PGCE courses don't attract any funding at the moment. My university has a really good Social Science PGCE course but as far as I know it's closing down next year because the government hasn't funded any places. So in 4 years time when you're finishing university, the situation could be even worse.

But if Sociology is what you're interested in, you should go ahead and study it regardless. But maybe consider combining it with another subject so you have other options? For example, you can do joint honours degrees in History and Sociology, Law and Sociology, Politics and Sociology or a language and Sociology. Obviously this depends what your other A-Levels and interests are, but could be worth considering as a way to keep your options open.
Yeah, i don't think sociology is the way forward, i'm thinking of being a German teacher, but it just depends on what grade i get to be honest :/ the only other subject i'm doing is geography and i'm not good at that :/
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Yeah, i don't think sociology is the way forward, i'm thinking of being a German teacher, but it just depends on what grade i get to be honest :/ the only other subject i'm doing is geography and i'm not good at that :/
do a joint degree in sociology and german then? there must be somewhere that does that- my friend does a degree in german and music...
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do a joint degree in sociology and german then? there must be somewhere that does that- my friend does a degree in german and music...
The only place that does that is the University of Leeds but the grades to get in there are so high!
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There isn't a Sociology PGCE, it's a Social Science PGCE. Institute of Education, London; Manchester Met and Leicester are the only places offering it.

You don't need a PGCE/QTS to teach in FE colleges, in independent schools or (not sure if this is in force yet, but it has been proposed), state schools that have converted to academies.

Hope this helps (I'm a second year Sociology student, starting third year in October, who will be applying for the Social Science PGCE to become a Sociology teacher).
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university of Cardiff
Warwick
university of Aberdeen

Glasgow
Strathclyde
They all do PGCE in sociology. But remember, some of them relevant courses are for Modern Studies .

look up their course details for more info.
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I agree that if you want to teach a joint honours is valuable because it gives you more options.

Sociology is an enjoyable subject and I think it lends itself well to teaching it at A level in FE (tis why I'm taking a PgCert in it). If you take a PGCE in further education it means you can teach any subject you're qualified in (you could even take an evening course in a vocational subject at a college whilst studying a degree to really widen your options for when it comes to teacher training).
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Hello.My son has decided he would like to become a Further Education Lecturer teaching Health and Social Care.He did the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in it and was awarded DDM,and has just started the BTEC HND in Health and Social Care. His plan is to hopefully complete the HND and then top up to an Honours Degree in H+SC. After that,hopefully the Northern Ireland Post Graduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education or whatever it`s called. Of course,he`s still only 18 and could change his mind again.But do people think it may be better to top up with a degree in H+SC and perhaps something else but similar,like ,for instance,PSHE? Our local college are always advertising for Lecturers. Providing you have a good Honours degree in the subject you wish to teach and at least 3 years work experience relevant to the subject you wish to teach you will be considered. He absolutely loves the college environment and could see himself working there one day. Ditto Health and Social Care,so I will as his mother,support him all the way with this. But he still has a long way to go yet,of course.[And could change his mind too.] For the Level 3 Extended Diploma he did 2 weeks works experience working as a Support Worker with adults with alcohol and drug addiction problems,and 2 weeks work experience working with 20 children aged 3 and 4. His next placement ,the first on his HND,is going to hopefully be working in a local Primary School as a Classroom Assistant. This placement,as far as I understand for the HND, is going to last all year. Any advice anyone? Thanks.
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He sounds like he's on the right track and has his information right. By keeping active with placements he should be ready for a post 16 pgce (or equivalent) after his degree.

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Hello.My son has decided he would like to become a Further Education Lecturer teaching Health and Social Care.He did the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in it and was awarded DDM,and has just started the BTEC HND in Health and Social Care. His plan is to hopefully complete the HND and then top up to an Honours Degree in H+SC. After that,hopefully the Northern Ireland Post Graduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education or whatever it`s called. Of course,he`s still only 18 and could change his mind again.But do people think it may be better to top up with a degree in H+SC and perhaps something else but similar,like ,for instance,PSHE? Our local college are always advertising for Lecturers. Providing you have a good Honours degree in the subject you wish to teach and at least 3 years work experience relevant to the subject you wish to teach you will be considered. He absolutely loves the college environment and could see himself working there one day. Ditto Health and Social Care,so I will as his mother,support him all the way with this. But he still has a long way to go yet,of course.[And could change his mind too.] For the Level 3 Extended Diploma he did 2 weeks works experience working as a Support Worker with adults with alcohol and drug addiction problems,and 2 weeks work experience working with 20 children aged 3 and 4. His next placement ,the first on his HND,is going to hopefully be working in a local Primary School as a Classroom Assistant. This placement,as far as I understand for the HND, is going to last all year. Any advice anyone? Thanks.
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