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PGCE History

Course Description

This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach History in secondary schools.

Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas. PGCE students are also registered to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7).

The PGCE in History at Leeds Trinity University has a UK wide reputation for rigorous and thorough teacher training at the cutting edge of history education in the UK.

Your access to national expertise during your PGCE year is unparalleled: termly Historical Association forums; working with SHP fellows and regional advisors; attendance at the annual SHP conference at the end of your PGCE year; and PGCE history tutors who are nationally regarded for their work in the field of history education as well as initial teacher education.

There is also an active graduate ‘buddying’ system to support you as a trainee through your PGCE year. International research based out of the University developing big picture teaching and the use of historical frameworks also informs the PGCE teaching at all times.

Many of our graduates go on to be employed in schools in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, and many return to complete their Masters level study, specialising in history education specific research.

When you come to the University for your PGCE History training, you enter the professional family of history teaching from the moment you begin your studies.

Benefits of PGCE History

- Leeds Trinity University is a national centre for History education, and has served as the base for several curriculum development projects and initiatives in history including Computers in the Curriculum (History) and the Cambridge A Level History project, and the Schools History Project.
- The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is based here, and we are contracted to United States National Academy of Sciences to investigate discipline based learning in history.
- Completion rates on our PGCE History course are high, and employment rates for our graduates is well above the national average.
- Feedback from employing schools about our newly qualified teachers is very positive.
- The course qualifies you to teach History at 11–16 or 11–18, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.

Graduate Destinations

97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​

Study Route

You can choose to study PGCE History via the following routes:

- The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
- PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers.
- Find out more about our partners that provide this study route: Beckfoot School, Dixons Academies Trust, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, St Mary's College, Hull​, St Wilfred’s RC High School, Featherstone, and Mosaic Teacher Training​.
- PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

Visit the PGCE History page on the Leeds Trinity University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You'll need a good honours degree (2ii or above and preferably single honours) with a significant proportion of History; GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) English and mathematics; Confirmation that the applicant had not been excluded from teaching nor from working with children, nor was registered with the Criminal Records Bureau as unfit for working with children or young persons; Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.

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