Taught course

History - Pathfinder Consortium

University of York · Department of Educational Studies

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Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from those with single subject History degrees and those who have studied a significant amount of History together with other subjects at undergraduate level.

We welcome applications from all people, whatever their background, who have a good History or related degree, have experience of working with young people, particularly in classroom contexts, and who already have a strong interest in education.

Months of entry


Course content

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance is based at Archbishop Holgate’s School, an outstanding academy which is situated close to the city centre and the University of York. The alliance is made up of a host of both primary and secondary schools in and around York, all of which have strong foundations in teacher training and with the University of York. We are committed to outstanding teacher training and our experienced mentors and staff will ensure that you receive excellent provision.

Visits and enquiries to the teaching alliance would be most welcome.

The University of York Department of Education is working with The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance to provide School Direct training in the following subjects:

The History PGCE course prepares you to become an effective teacher of History. It encourages you to work professionally and creatively in building upon the links between your work as History teachers and the development of pupils’ social understanding. The course integrates theory and practice both on school placements and in university sessions. It is taught by tutors with recent and current school experience and by staff with expertise in professional development and cutting edge research. Teachers from local schools regularly lead workshops which are grounded in up to date practice. Our History programme also enjoys good relationships with staff in local York Museums and other sites of historic importance. All aspects of your training are focused around supporting you to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

As the course progresses, you will learn how to plan lessons and design activities to promote a range of historical skills such as enquiry, interpretation and source analysis. We investigate key issues for teachers such as progression, differentiation and assessment. Sessions at University are closely linked to a programme of classroom experience in our Partnership schools; you will be introduced to citizenship, literacy, ICT, assessment for learning and thinking skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322524