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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

History Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

The PGCE Secondary programme History is an innovative and intensive nine-month course preparing graduates for the demands of teaching in the Secondary sector. You will be awarded a PGCE and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in schools on completion of the course. The course is organised in partnership with schools around Kent and Medway where you will spend 24 out of the 36 weeks teaching in two different schools.

Who is the course for?

The programme is for people who want to become qualified teachers.


Students will be assessed via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit an academic assignment for 20 credits at master’s Level (Level 7) in each of the three modules. The assessment varies for each submission and will include both written elements and presentations.

Learning and Teaching

Across the PGCE year there is an equivalent of 12 weeks of taught input which take place, in the main, at university on the Canterbury Campus.

The teaching on these days will be a mixture of seminar and workshop activity.

There will also be a small number of lecture inputs.

Across the PGCE year there is the equivalent of 24 weeks spent in school.

Student teachers will learn in a variety of ways in school, including from experienced mentors, through observing others and through experience. There is also a degree of individual support for learning offered in this programme provided by mentors in school and the university tutors.

Tutors and mentors who lead the learning on this programme are all qualified teachers.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the programme you can teach in schools all over the world as a qualified teacher.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module involves work in studying key concepts that underpin the various curricula and syllabi for you subject. The sessions allow discussion of different pedagogies and allow reflection on differing school approaches to the subject.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to the subject they wish to teach or, in some exceptional cases, an unrelated degree if they have extensive employment in industry in the relevant subject area; English and maths at GCSE (grade C or above) or equivalent for Secondary; Passes in the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy.

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education. The university has several campuses and centres which are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, One of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff. They have four academic...more

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