Taught course

PGCE Secondary - History

Institution
Durham University · School of Education
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

At UCAS you can apply for this course by using the following code: V1X1

  • The equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of History or a closely related subject. If your degree is from an overseas institution you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • Significant and relevant subject knowledge and recent experience of the History teaching environment. This should be demonstrated at both application and interview
  • A demonstrable interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above (or equivalent) which must be achieved at the time of application. If your equivalent qualifications are from an overseas institution, you must apply for a Statement of Comparability from NARIC
  • Pass in the QTS Skills Tests by the first day of the course

Your professional and interpersonal qualities and your commitment to teaching will be considered when making an admissions decision. Candidates who meet the criteria, will be invited to a selection day. Selection days will involve individual interviews with a pre-prepared presentation element and tests to assess written English and other skills.

Successful candidates will receive an offer conditional upon successful medical and criminal record checks. The latter is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and full instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure will be provided.

If you have a criminal record of any kind, you may contact the School of Education DBS Manager, Caroline Emery, for further advice and information. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

  • We strongly encourage you to register for the DBS Update Service, which lets you take your certificate from one employer to another without having to apply for a new check. Please note, all DBS Enhanced Disclosures for our Students must be applied for through Durham University unless you have applied to the Update Service.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the course.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.

The history course at Durham aims to:

  • provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become an effective and inspirational teacher of history
  • extend your awareness of the importance and relevance of history as a subject in schools today
  • provide opportunities for you to experience and explore a variety of approaches to teaching the subject
  • allow you to develop an appreciation of your own areas of expertise and areas for development.

The course is based on the firm belief that history is a relevant, exciting subject to teach and does not consist of transmitting a mass of information to pupils who then memorise and regurgitate it. The course has a practical emphasis and will introduce you to a range of approaches to teaching history, so enabling you to develop your own teaching style.

There are three integrated components: the concurrent course, the preliminary teaching practice and the main teaching practice. The concurrent course, undertaken in the two teaching practice schools, consists of three days of school-based work and two days of university-based work. These two elements fully complement each other and the work undertaken as part of the university-based history method course is applied during the school visits and teaching practices.

Structure and Assessment:

The course is organised as three modules:

  • Professional Issues in school based education
  • Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
  • Self-directed Study.

Fees and funding

UK students
9250
International students
19250

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries
Email
study@durham.ac.uk
Phone
44 (0)191 334 1000