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Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Course Overview

The Social Sciences ITT programme seeks to provide a firm and in-depth grasp of the subject content required to thrive while teaching KS4 and KS5 Social Sciences. A bespoke programme aims to fully equip subject specialist Social Sciences teachers to demonstrate their expertise, share their enthusiasm for their specialism and act upon their commitment to the overall development of the subject. Throughout the year we will focus on the practical application of pedagogy and techniques specific to the teaching and assessment of Social Sciences, combining the optimism of trainee teachers with a research-engaged approach to ensuring effective classroom practice. 

As a result, it is intended that Social Sciences trainee teachers will be able to:

  • Develop their subject knowledge to a depth and breadth that enables them to teach their subject at KS3-KS4 with confidence and competence.
  • Understand the pedagogy of their subject and be both deliberate and judicious in their choice of methods and approaches.
  • Be able of the curriculum requirements for the age range they teach and have awareness of how content is chosen to be broad, balanced and deliberately sequenced. 
  • Understand how learning happens in their subject and be able to use a range of approaches to ensure that knowledge is more likely to be retained. 
  • Learn about the statutory assessment arrangements for Social Sciences and be able to guide and prepare students for both internal and external assessment. 
  • Anticipate and address common misconceptions within planning and lesson delivery. 
  • Develop students’ hinterland knowledge and intellectual curiosity. 
  • Use a wide range of subject terminology and be aware of strategies to help students use these terms for themselves. 
  • Provide learners with actionable, motivational and manageable subject specific feedback in order for them to make progress in their learning. 
  • Create classroom climates that are inclusive for all learners regardless of ability or background through an awareness of potential barriers to learning and how to overcome these. 
  • Learn how to activate hard thinking in their subject as a result of a deliberate approach to structuring, explaining, questioning, interacting and embedding knowledge.  

Entry Requirements

A degree in Social Sciences or a related subject, at class 2:2 or above
Maths and English GCSE at grade 4/C or above
Involvement with young people in some capacity
An awareness of issues in Social Sciences Education

Reading List

Below are the essential texts you should read:
A Level
Level 3
Level 2
Cambridge Technicals
Level 3
Level 2
Cambridge National
Level 2
Textbooks for the examination board you will be teaching:
  • AQA A level Business Book 1 (For A level Year 1 and AS) By Wolinski and Coates (publisher Hodder education)
  • AQA A Level Business Book 2 By Wolinski and Coates (publisher Hodder education)
  • AQA GCSE (9-1) Business By Malcom Surridge and Andrew Gillespie (publisher Hodder Education 
The following texts are not essential reading but would be worth becoming familiar with:

Course Funding

There is currently no funding for this subject. To find out more about financing your teacher training, click here

Course Codes

QTS with PGCE, full time or part time - H776

Lead Subject Tutor

Paddy Sadler

Paddy graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013 with a degree in Politics, Psychology and Sociology, before completing an MPhil in Modern Societies and Global Transformations and starting his career with four years teaching Social Sciences in the independent sector. 

In 2018 Paddy enrolled on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, based at Stewards Academy in Harlow, and received his PGDE qualification from UCL in 2020. Following the completion of his third year at Stewards, Paddy moved to Hedingham School and Sixth Form in the summer of 2021 and was appointed Head of Social Sciences.

He is currently Deputy Head of Sixth Form and teaches Psychology, Sociology and Criminology to year 12 and 13, as well as English at KS4. 

Paddy is a member of the Association of Teaching Psychology.


Paddy Sadler

Paddy Sadler