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On this course you can

  • gain the qualified teacher status (QTS) needed to teach history in secondary education contexts
  • gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) equivalent to 60 masters level points based on academic submissions
  • apply for a bursary to help with course fees (UK and EU students only).

This course prepares you to become a qualified history teacher committed to the subject and able to teach it confidently to 11-18 year olds in secondary school and college settings. Your teaching and support is shared between the University its partner schools across the Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Humberside region.

You attend University based subject training days focused on teaching history, led by experienced history practitioners. These are spread over the year and help you prepare for your teaching placements.

You also focus on teaching humanities subjects RE, geography and citizenship, which broaden you skills and knowledge for a wider range of teaching in schools. Input from national providers such as UK Parliament Education Service, Holocaust Education Trust and English Heritage develops your awareness of the wider opportunities, resources and support for creative teaching. As part of this you spend a full day exploring approaches to teaching outside the classroom at Conisburgh Castle.

Through taught subject sessions and access to the University library resources, you are supported in producing two academic assignments to gain the QTS award. During the course you complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications include QTS, but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a full masters degree (180 credits).

Subject sessions are also very practical and you are introduced to a variety of resources, ideas and teaching techniques appropriate to the history classroom in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Working with other trainees gives you the opportunity to share teaching ideas and strategies. We build a shared bank of ideas and resources for teaching pupils of different ages and abilities, which can then be trialled during placement and used in your future career.

In University sessions, we help you develop the knowledge and skills to be a successful teacher of history, then with our partner schools we support you in deploying these in the classroom, building your confidence and professional autonomy.

School placements are central to the course, and we have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Humberside area. You complete two teaching placements, one in the autumn term between October and December and the second from January to June. During this time you are supported by a University-trained mentor in school, helping you develop your classroom pedagogy through advice on planning, regular classroom observation, and regular meetings to discuss progress and next steps. Mentors provide support for your wider thinking, not just about the subject but the wider role of the teacher and about teacher professionalism. As well as one-to-one support, you usually engage in school-based training activities alongside other trainees, NQTs or more experienced teachers.

School-based mentors also support you in completing school-based professional studies tasks and online tracking document known as the professional development portfolio (PDP). By the end of your placements you can provide evidence showing how you meet the qualified teacher status standards required by the course. Your course tutor also visits you during your placements to observe and discuss your progress, keeping in touch with your school-based mentor throughout.

On the PGCE History course you learn how to

  • plan and teach history across Key Stages 3 and 4 in the active and creative ways needed to motivate pupils
  • recognise and plan for progression in subject specific knowledge, skills and concepts, both in individual lessons and across sequences of lessons
  • assess student learning and progress in individual lessons and over time
  • appreciate and critically evaluate different approaches to teaching and learning, behaviour management, assessment and differentiation to meet the needs of different students
  • plan to meet the requirements of the current Key Stage 3 National Curriculum and GCSE syllabi
  • plan to meet the requirements of current A level syllabi, with some support in planning to teach at A level
  • prepare to meet some of the wider aspects of the role of teachers in school.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure


  • developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary history education
  • developing and reflecting on professional practice
  • school based 'block' placements

We prepare you for your work in schools with a programme of support and training in the University. Your two block placements take place in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.


  • two written assignments of 4000 words each
  • formal classroom observations
  • professional development portfolio (PDP)
  • professional studies tasks


After graduating you have excellent career prospects. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating. All history trainees who applied for teaching posts in 2014/15 were successful in gaining one.

Some graduates may choose to continue with further study or find alternative employment in education-related fields.

Visit the Secondary History PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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