PGCE Citizenship (11-18)

Applications for September 2016 can be made via UCAS Teacher Training from 27th October 2015.

The 11-18 PGCE in Citizenship is an innovative and intensive nine month course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching the 11-18 age range in the Secondary sector. As Citizenship can be taught through other subjects, as well as being offered as a separate subject, most students will have the opportunity to develop skills and insights pertaining to other parts of the school curriculum. You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools. The course is organised in partnership with Schools where you spend a total of 24 weeks teaching within the 36 week long course.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However all learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study will be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum 120 days in school.

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per yearUK/EUOverseas






Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. For further advice about funding your degree please visit http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-degree.aspx.

If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact finance@canterbury.ac.uk. For specific fee queries, please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk.

Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may be available. View information about funding your postgraduate studies: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx.

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

Students will be assessed in two main ways- via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If students achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, they will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

We welcome candidates with experience in an education setting and/or employment or voluntary work relevant to the subject area, particularly where this work has enhanced your knowledge, skills and understanding in Citizenship.

Before you start the course you will need to have undertaken DBS and Health clearance through the University.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Discolsure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.

Applications can be made through  UCAS Teacher Training  from 27 th October 2015 for the September 2016 intake.

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UCAS code

  • L9X1


  • 1 year

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to Citizenship (this may include, but is not restricted to, Politics, Economics, Social Science or Law) , English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary (11-18), and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.
  • A commitment to becoming the best teacher you can be, with a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a UK secondary school. If you cannot spend the full 10 days in a secondary school prior to application we can still consider your application as long as you have spent 5 days in a secondary classroom. If you are successful in being offered a place on the course the additional 5 days would be a condition of your offer and would need to be undertaken prior to starting on the course.




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