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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) History

Course type


Course Summary

This course will prepare you to be a successful teacher of secondary school history.

Introduce your students to major events and developments of the past, help them to become critical thinkers and develop their understanding of our society.

Work with a large partnership of specialists to develop into an effective history teacher. Learn how to enthuse your students about big concepts and events through the discipline of history, allowing them to widen their understanding of how we construct our past.

Choosing your path

You can choose to study this course as a University of York PGCE trainee or through one of our School Direct routes in partnership with one of the following teaching alliances:

  • Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance
  • The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance
  • All Saints, York (Diocese of Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance)
  • Teach North

School Direct trainees work with University of York PGCE trainees at the University for most Curriculum Area History sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are usually delivered in your partner schools.

Each route has a different UCAS and institution code. Please see our information on applying for details.


On successfully completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Course Content

The York PGCE is designed to ensure that your study at the University and your practical experience in schools work together to help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop and consolidate your understanding of what constitutes effective teaching.

You’ll spend two thirds of your learning time in school settings, with the rest of your time spent at the University receiving training. While on placement, you'll receive ongoing support from your tutors when they visit you in school to observe you teach and scrutinise your teaching files.

As a PGCE History student, you'll benefit from our close partnership with staff in local museums and schools. Teachers from local schools regularly lead workhops grounded in up-to-date practice.

This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits, which you can put towards a Masters degree through Accreditation of Prior Credited Learning (APCL).

Careers and Skills

Most of our graduates become teachers, but the skills you learn will open other career paths too.

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:2 or equivalent in History or a related subject. We also accept combined honours degrees where history or a related subject makes up at least 50% of the award. Additional requirements: GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (C), GCSE English grade 4 (C).