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Secondary History (with QTS) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Secondary History (with QTS) Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

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Full time | Teesside University | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

History Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Teaching In Secondary Schools Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This course is designed to train you to become an inspirational, reflective and professional teacher of secondary history who can motivate learners aged 11-16 to achieve highly and realise their full potential.

Your learning will be personalised across professional skills, subject knowledge and pedagogy, research and theory. You develop further by completing a small-scale research project within your subject area and by undertaking intensive teaching practices within school settings, allowing you to put your knowledge and understanding of education into practice. On placement you will practise teaching strategies, learn how to manage a classroom environment, and develop evidence-based approaches from skilled professionals who share your passion for your subject area.

At the beginning of the course, you focus on developing your knowledge of learning and explore a range of evidence-based teaching and assessment theories and strategies, in addition to your subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy. Throughout the course, you embed and refine your knowledge and skills, enhancing your own practice and subject expertise during school-based placements as well as developing your ability to reflect on your practice through action research.

How you learn

Throughout the course and your time based in schools, you will study at University alongside other PGCE students following your subject specific route, and for core modules, with students from other subject areas. This approach provides rich opportunities for collaborative learning and the creation of professional networks.

It is an intensive and rewarding course. Course staff support you to learn how to manage the demands of a teaching career both during the course and beyond; the initial teaching training (ITT) partnership is also committed to following the Department for Education’s guidance on teacher workload.

Course delivery comes from a range of academic staff, guest lecturers, practitioners who work in schools and other experts in the field of education giving you a rich, topical and meaningful learning and practical experience. During your placement, you work with a professional mentor within the school and a subject mentor. You will also be assigned a member of university staff as an ITT tutor who will work closely with the course and placement teams to support your progress.

How you are assessed

A range of flexible tasks have been designed to assess your knowledge, professional skills, and ability to integrate the theoretical and the practical aspects of the course. You will be formally assessed at the end of each academic module and progress on placements will be evaluated using a methods including observation, reflections and professional discussion. You are provided with frequent opportunities to receive feedback.

Career opportunities

Throughout the course you are supported to prepare for the next steps in your teaching journey whilst you progress to meet Teachers’ Standards. You develop your professionalism and employability and will be given advice and guidance in relation to recruitment and selection. The course aims to ensure that you are ready to progress to professional development through the Early Career Framework (ECF) within your first teaching role as an Early Career Teacher (ECT).


You gain a detailed overview of the core concepts underpinning learning, teaching and assessment, which is the starting point for becoming a professional teacher in the compulsory sector. You focus on the core pedagogical knowledge and skills that trainee teachers require.

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Entry requirements

The following admission criteria applies: GCSE grade 4, or standard equivalent, in English and maths; a first degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent qualification. In exceptional cases if you do not have a 2:2 but are able to demonstrate suitable significant experience and/or further study you may be considered for the course; ability to clearly demonstrate suitable subject level ability in the specialist subject area. This may be evidenced through suitable A level or Level 3 qualifications and the completion of a subject knowledge enhancement course or through the first-degree subject area (a transcript may be requested) or through work experience relating to the subject.

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