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PGCE Secondary: History specialism

PGCE Secondary: History specialism

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) History

Course type


Course Summary

The PGCE History course at Roehampton is based on a successful partnership with local schools, where experienced mentors join university tutors in teaching the programme. The course sets out to give you a sense of the place of history in a multicultural society. It also equips you to teach across secondary and to foster learning across the wide spectrum of abilities found in local schools. You will enter into the lively debates surrounding history teaching and the place of history in the whole school curriculum, including history’s contribution to literacy and citizenship.

The course is an active and demanding combination of teaching and learning methods, including simulations of classroom activities, individual tutorials and group sessions. You are encouraged to share your own expertise and experience. We take advantage of developments in e learning to stay in touch during placements, to encourage collaborative and creative teaching, and to promote reflective and effective practice. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in research into teaching and learning, while building upon your grounding in history at undergraduate or master’s level.


This module will introduce students to research-informed, practical approaches to important aspects of professional knowledge. These include: behaviour management; safeguarding; assessment for learning; differentiation; literacy; numeracy; special educational needs; inclusion and pastoral care. Students will learn in cross-curricular groups and a number of sessions will be led by expert practitioners in local schools. The module should be read in conjunction with the Teaching Experience module to allow student teachers to practise their emerging pedagogical skills, and to meet current professional standards, currently the Teachers' Standards (2012). Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to think critically about aspects of learning and pedagogy in order to help them to become confident, autonomous professionals.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have an approved degree in history or in a closely related subject that has a large percentage of history content (at least 50%). Early application is advisable, and interviews will be offered to candidates who have spent some time observing or working in a school. Interviews will include written and practical tasks related to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 in History.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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