Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of history to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme in history will qualify you for the 11-16 national standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The 24 weeks placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career.

Key features

  • Draw upon your own expertise in history and extend your own knowledge and understanding.
  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
  • Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements. Find out more about funding options from ‘get into teaching’.
  • Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
  • Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
  • Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.
  • Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching history to children of all abilities from 11-18.

Study Details:

PGCE: 1 year full-time (with placements)

Module Details:

Core modules

  • EPGS413 Practical Teaching 1
  • EPGS615 Introduction to Professional Teaching and Learning
  • EPGS618 Practical Teaching 2
  • EPGS710 Developing Subject Pedagogy
  • EPGS719 Professional Studies


Entry Requirements

Your suitability for the PGCE Secondary programme is judged on a range of factors including academic qualifications, ability to work with other people and a real interest in learning and teaching.

When selecting applicants for interview the admissions tutor will consider all parts of the application including a personal statement and references. The UCAS website has useful information on how to provide these.

Academic requirements

  • GCSE grade4/grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics.
  • An honours degree (2:2 or above), or equivalent, from a recognised university. Your degree should be closely related to your chosen subject specialism. Please contact a member of the admissions team for further advise.

Masters and PhDs count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants.

Please see our website for how to apply

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