An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.
GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in english language and mathematics at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.
School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school will:
- Ensure that you are making the right decision to join the PGCE programm
- Allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
- Gives you an advantage when you start the course as you will be able to make links between your learning and how this relates to school
At interview we will discuss with the applicant any relevant school experience or opportunities that applicants have had to work with school aged children; in a variety of settings.
Months of entry
If you are passionate about history this course will equip you with the skills to provide plus post 16 enhancement, with an understanding of history across all the major historical periods.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
You will explore what is the use or relevance of studying History and why it matters what happened long ago? You will be able to educate pupils in how to interpret the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human.
In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional history teachers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority. A thinking skills approach and enquiry based learning underpin the course as these have been shown to motivate and interest young learners as well as enhance their understanding of the world in which we live.
The PGCE course has both a pedagogical and practical aspect. After a short period of time in University preparing you for school experience, much of the course is spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.
In addition to your main school placements, you will have the opportunity to experience post 16 education, primary school settings, visits to historical sites such as the Houses of Parliament. Furthermore, you will develop the skills required to enhance your own professional understanding and develop your own areas of professional interest.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
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Course contact details
- Martin Husbands
- 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2376)