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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) History

Course Description

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training. Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.

The History route is designed to equip all trainees to teach history across at Key Stages 3 and 4 and at post 16.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/pgce-secondary-history

Course detail

The subject specific element of the course will encourage trainees to become thoughtful, reflective and critical practioners who are aware of contemporary debates concerning teaching and learning History. Trainees will be given opportunities to develop skills to motivate and inspire pupils to become successful historians across the key stages.

The subject specific element of the course is delivered at our Bognor Regis Campus. The subject specific sessions are complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is also based at Bognor Regis.

Format and assessment

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

- Professionalism in Education
- Identity, Equality and Inclusion
- Closing the gap in access and achievement
- Reflective practice
- Positive behaviour management
- Working with learning support assistants
- English as an additional language
- Child protection and Prevent
- Pastoral care in schools
- Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
- Research skills
- The relationship between theory and practice
- Special Educational Needs
- Vocal skills
- Applying for teaching posts
- Personal, Social and Health Education
- Building rapport and resilience

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

Career prospects

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher. At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school. Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) History page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.1 or above in History or in a closely related subject where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% History. This may be discussed at interview.

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