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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Teaching (General) History
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:
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.
Course Learning and Teaching
The university-based activities will consist of lectures, seminars, workshop sessions, student presentations, role play and visits to historical sites. A number of sessions will be led by visiting teachers. The mixture of tutor-led and student-led sessions and of individual and group work is aimed at encouraging you to think critically about history, the way it is taught and the wider contribution it can make to the education of children. Throughout the course there will be regular tutorials and time for critical reflection, and as an integral part of the course you will be encouraged to evaluate the university course and your school-based activities.
Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
Students need to have: UK 2:2 honours degree of which approximately 50% is comprised of History or a similar 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 science teaching environment. This should be demonstrated at both application and interview; A demonstrable an interest and involvement in the lives and development of young people; GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 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; Applicants with non-standard qualifications, for example, access routes into higher education are welcome to apply; Applications from mature applicants pursuing a career change; Pass the QTS Skills Tests by 1st August prior to the beginning of the programme; Must have undertaken, or intend to undertake, at least ten days of work experience in a UK mainstream school environment within the last three years. This must be completed before 1st August in the year of entry; Must have completed the 10 day Primary School Experience in a UK Primary School (or a Primary School which follows the English National Curriculum) prior to commencing the University course in mid-September. Offer holders will arrange this for themselves in their own local area.