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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) History

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Course Summary

About this course

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a qualified history teacher on this PGCE Secondary course at the University of Southampton. You’ll spend your time on school placements and at the University as you learn how to work with secondary-school pupils of all ages and abilities. You’ll qualify to work as a teacher in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

On this Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course you’ll learn how to teach history at secondary-school level (Key Stages 3 and 4) within the UK’s History National Curriculum framework.

You’ll develop:

  • a strong grasp of the most effective teaching approaches
  • the enthusiasm to help pupils understand and enjoy the subject
  • subject knowledge and understanding of historical concepts and processes

You’ll also learn how to:

  • manage the classroom
  • monitor and assess pupils
  • teach for equality and inclusion

You'll spend two-thirds of your time in placement schools in the Southampton area, giving you the chance to experience lesson observation, team teaching, and working with small groups and whole classes.

University-based work will prepare you for your placements, evaluate your school-based work, and develop subject-specific skills and good practice.


Successfully completing this course will give you Qualified Teacher Status in addition to your PGCE award. This means you'll be qualified for teaching history in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

We have high employment rates from our PGCE Secondary courses, with many trainees going on to work in our partnership schools.

If you choose to continue your studies, the credits you build up from your master’s-level modules can be put towards a future master’s degree qualification.


The outcomes of this module will comprise: A literature review which presents and synthesises the available knowledge within the selected area under investigation. This module is compulsory as it enables students to develop their teaching within their subject area
Assignment 4 - Core

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Entry requirements

Students will need an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject; strong subject knowledge; GCSEs (minimum grade 4/C) in English language and maths.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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