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PGCE Secondary with History

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

9 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

History Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our Secondary History PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Our staff have extensive school and university teaching experience as well as school-based leadership experience. We train you to be critical and creative subject specialists, and to become educational leaders in your own right!

Overview

The History PGCE course is concerned with theoretical and practical classroom approaches to the teaching of history. This involves examining a range of appropriate learning and teaching strategies through Key Stages 3-5 in the varied classroom situations you will encounter. You will develop a rigorous understanding of when and where particular activities might be appropriate. The course is underpinned by the belief that history teaching is a stimulating, creative activity that gives pleasure to both teachers and pupils and educates young people to take a full and active role as citizens. The course draws heavily on current and recent research findings from both the Graduate School of Education and other researchers at the forefront of history education.

Taught by a team of lecturers, active researchers and practicing classroom teachers from across the south west, the course relates theory to practice in all elements of the National Curriculum and 14-19 History.

The PGCE team’s current research interests lie in the areas of history and literacy, the impact that trainee teachers’ subject knowledge has on pupils’ learning in the classroom and how to personalise learning effectively.

Learning and assessment

By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements.

Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.

You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.

Modules

The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society. The principle aims of the module are to: enable you to gain an understanding of a range of contemporary education policies and issues, theory and practice; support you in reflecting critically on children's learning and development, pedagogy and teachers' roles and responsibilities; and support you to meet the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

9,250

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

20,000

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 degree in History or a History Joint Honours degree. The course will also consider applications from those with degrees in related subjects such as Ancient History, Archaeology, International Relations or Politics. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more