The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of History.
The PGCE Secondary Education History programme has been designed to train teachers for the full secondary age phase (11-18). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in two key stages, normally KS3 and KS4. In the first half of the autumn term, some trainees may seek to change this to Key Stage 4 and post-16, this will be subject to discussion with the Programme Leader.
If you believe that a study of History is central to the broad and balanced education of any young person, a good grounding in the subject and a history degree, if you have a passion for the subject - and are not afraid to work hard to share it in a lively and engaging manner then this might be the course for you!
The PGCE Secondary Education History course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.
For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.
The course is taught using a wide range of resources and in partnership with diverse educational settings. Trainees will be prepared to work within the framework of the Key National Strategy, the National Curriculum and history exam specifications; will have opportunities to look at cross-curricular possibilities and will consider the Citizenship curriculum and cross-curricular links and opportunities. There are strong themes of inclusion, multi-cultural histories and teaching for learning running through the course.
The Department of Education provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. The department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.
I played the role of a stone mason at the Medieval Fair at Chepstow Castle. I had to explain my job and role in the building of Chepstow Castle in the Middle Ages to visiting pupils. It was great to see young people outside of the classroom and help them learn in a different way. It was also a lot of fun playing the role of a historical character and trying to encourage pupils to picture Chepstow Castle as it was when in use. Working with other subject groups was worthwhile as it broadened my own understanding of education
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Recipient: University of the West of England, Bristol
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