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PGCE - Secondary - History

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

History Teaching (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

PGCE History will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of what it means to be an outstanding history teacher.

You will be supported by a dedicated and specialist history subject tutor with over 15 years teaching experience. You will have access to the teaching and training resources provided by the Historical Association and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow trainee history teachers from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

You will also receive additional training by external organisations such as the Centre for Holocaust Education, English Heritage, the Midlands History Forum, The Infirmary and Worcester Cathedral.

Key features

  • Helps you develop your own vision about the nature and purpose of a history education
  • Helps you develop your own understanding of how to effectively teach history in secondary schools
  • Helps you know how to arouse pupils curiosity about the past and encourage them to care about the people who inhabited it
  • Helps you develop the skills to be a thoughtful and self-reflective classroom practitioner
  • Equips you with the knowledge and skills to have a long, enjoyable and successful career in teaching

NB History is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching

Here are just a few of our alumni who have moved their career on:

  • Head of Year - Amena Iqbal
  • Head of Humanities - Natalie Jones
  • Head of Year – Kieran Walker
  • Head of History – Kelly McElroy

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements: Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis. All entrants have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (formerly grade C) in the GCSE examinations in English Language and mathematics (or equivalent) (for 2022 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard.