Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE: Citizenship with Social Science at Kingston University - UCAS

Kingston University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE: Citizenship with Social Science (Taught)

Course summary

Kingston's Citizenship with Social Science PGCE is an exciting teacher training route for those who are passionate about developing actively engaged young citizens. You will be trained by leading practitioners in the area who will support your emergence as a highly effective, research-engaged teacher. The course is designed to model dynamic, flexible and responsive teaching which you can use in your own practice. You will learn how to teach high-quality lessons and how to form partnerships in learning with other sites of education including museums, parliaments and courts of law. You will develop practical skills such as campaigning that form an important part of the subject. You will also develop a deeper understanding of key areas of subject knowledge in citizenship including democracy, the law and justice, human rights and diversity. The course will explore the curricular requirements associated with citizenship for 11-16 year olds as well as the key GCSE examinations. Where possible, you will have the opportunity to experience and develop your ability to teach at sixth-form level. The course also includes an additional element of Social Science training, enabling you to receive support in teaching sociology, politics, psychology or philosophy in the 14-19 age group. This will benefit your employability in schools at the end of your training. Reasons to choose Kingston University – This intensive, well-supported course prepares you to teach in the 11–16 age range and offers the opportunity to develop teaching for sixth-form. – Kingston’s partnership schools offer excellent opportunities for practical learning. – You will have personalised support from both the University and partnership schools.


Example modules: Professional Practice; The Reflective Teacher; Perspectives on Policy, Practice and Professionalism for Teachers. For a full list of modules please visit the Kingston University course webpage.

Assessment method

You will not be required to take any exams. Your academic work will be assessed through coursework, such as essays and presentations. At the end of each school placement, your teaching will be assessed to ensure you are making appropriate progress and have engaged with the five core areas as outlined in the Core Content Framework (CCF). This will ensure that you are able to meet the Teachers' Standards (DfE, 2011) by the end of the course.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

Entry requirements

An honours degree, preferably 2:2 or above, from a UK higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification, relevant to your subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to your subject specialism). GCSE grade 4 or above (C or above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in English and mathematics. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement in any of these subjects, we are happy for you to take your tests externally (via Equivalancy Testing or A*Star Equivalency). All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by NARIC equivalence. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process which identifies no concerns about suitability to teach. Please note: apply for this course through the UK Department for Education portal. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15800 Whole course
International £15800 Whole course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Secondary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE: Citizenship with Social Science at Kingston University - UCAS