Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT Health and Social Care PGCE

What will our Health and Social Care PGCE offer you?

Our current Health and Social Care PGCE is centred around a knowledge and practical based programme so will enable you to develop the core knowledge and skills you will need to confidently teach Health and Social Care students aged 14-18.

As part of the PGCE element of this course you will write two assignments which are related to Health and Social Care. One assignment at Masters’ level is about the use of metacognition strategies in the teaching of Health and Social Care and the other Masters’ level assignment will have a classroom research- based focus in your subject.


What skills and knowledge will you learn?

You will become familiar with the BTEC curriculum for this subject at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

You will learn about teaching and learning strategies to deliver key elements of this subject such as promoting healthy eating in care, rights and responsibilities at work, creative and leisure activities for adults in health and social care.

You will learn how to set up work placements for your students and how they should be assessed and implemented to ensure a high quality experience for your students.

How is the Health and Social Care PGCE structured and who is involved?

Our Health and Social Care programme is structured around (i) formal sessions from the SCITT Health and Social Care Subject Tutor and (ii) the subject knowledge that you will receive from your school mentors who work alongside you in the classroom.

In your placement school with the guidance and support from your mentors, you will develop the subject knowledge needed to teach successfully in your placement schools.

In addition, you will have six Health and Social Care Subject Knowledge days led by highly experienced Health and Social Care practitioners.

They will deliver the six Health and Social Care Subject Knowledge days which are spread across the year. These are full of practical teaching strategies for you to be able to use in the classroom in any school.

These Subject Knowledge days will be supplemented by reading tasks and a subject studies programme which you will complete during the year.

We will also provide you with specific books for the Health and Social Care programme, and a laptop and a visualiser for the duration of your teacher training programme.

You will also be assigned a Health and Social Care SCITT Tutor who will work closely with you. They will observe you teach at least four times during the year.

They are all specialists so their understanding of teaching the Health and Social Care curriculum is comprehensive.

These visits by your Health and Social SCITT Tutor will be in addition to the school visits/ lessons observations that you will also receive from a SCITT Personal Tutor. 

All visits by any SCITT Tutor provide support and feedback that helps you in your development to become a successful trainee and newly qualified teacher. No lessons are graded, and all feedback is given in a personalised manner.

How will you be assessed?

At the end of each term, there is an Assessment Point where you will be observed by your Health and Social Care SCITT Tutor then discussions will be had with your mentor and other colleagues in your placement school regarding your progress to that point.

You must pass that Assessment Point in order to continue onto the next term of the programme, but the decision is not made on that one lesson observation.

Your progress is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards across the term and the quality of your teaching; your completion of your portfolio; your engagement with the subject studies and professional studies programmes; your ability to act on feedback and your professionalism in schools with colleagues and students are all looked at as part of that Assessment Point.


Our Health and Social  PGCE Programme is designed so you can learn how to become a member of the teaching profession, not a teacher in one school.