You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for History. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests. These will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Months of entry
The Faculty has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 secondary specialisms available. We have a well-established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.
Our PGCE History encourages a thoughtful, reflective and critical approach to the teaching of history in the secondary school. Devised jointly by history education specialists at Manchester Metropolitan University and history mentors in school, it reflects both changes and debates at a national level.
Practising history teachers make valuable contributions to university sessions. Subject pedagogy focuses on a reconeptualisation of subject knowledge understanding around subject content, key concepts and skills. There is an important emphasis upon an inclusive approach to teaching,including plus attention to gender, ethnic and cultural diversity. There is also attention to e-learning.
A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by placement mentors.
This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.
We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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