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Secondary Education: History PGCE

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 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses. The PGCE in Secondary Education is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

If you have an interest in all areas of History; and have a passion for teaching various aspects of British and world history, then this course will suit you. Our course looks at the key ideas which underpin the teaching of history in schools today and the way children's understanding of concepts develops. As a trainee you will learn how to teach history to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements. You will learn how to develop skills, knowledge and understanding for teaching history through a combination of university-led and school-led training. Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.

What skills will you gain?

If you are successful you will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancements. You will also gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which includes 60 Master’s level credits.

You will also be given help to find your first post in school. The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching in two separate secondary schools with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. You will have the opportunity to help develop the teaching within this fast-developing subject and have a real impact on children’s education.

You will be enabled to become a critically reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.

You will also develop the professional skills required to achieve outstanding results in relation to student progress including lesson planning, assessment methods, data analysis, and communication.

Career path

The PGCE in Secondary Education leads to recommendation for QTS, and enables you to take up a qualified teaching post in a secondary school.

In secondary schools you could be considered for a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR), which may comprise any of the following:

  • Leading a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum.
  • Leading the achievement of a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator.
  • Leading a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (i.e. personal guidance).

Later, you could progress to a senior leadership position such as a deputy or assistant head and head teacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the leadership and management of a school and the education its students receive.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

Further Development through Planned Classroom Activities
Progression to Teaching Single or Short Sequences of Lessons
Development of Teaching Skills as You Move to Sustained Sequences of Lessons
Research in the University and School on the Use of ICT in the Teaching of Your Subject
Observation of Teaching, Before Undertaking ?Sheltered? Teaching Activities

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£12,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students will need: A first honours degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification (a 2:1 classification or above is expected); GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent. It is desirable that candidates would also have recently undertaken, or be in the process of arranging, suitable experience in a United Kingdom secondary school. Students will be required to provide evidence of their original qualifications.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more