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PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

This long-established, popular programme incorporates high quality tutoring and excellent placement support with opportunities to work with leading practitioners from the world of history education. You will be encouraged to develop innovative and modern approaches to teaching and learning, including the use of ICT, to make you a high quality and successful history teacher at secondary school level.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to explore different aspects of your subject knowledge.


If you have a single or joint honours degree in History, or a degree in a related subject with discrete elements of history, this could be the programme for you. It is ideal if you want to excite the imagination and develop the historical awareness of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, and wish to gain an understanding of recent and relevant professional and academic methods to make you an innovative and creative history teacher.


Professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence and the ability to implement the latest teaching and learning pedagogies.


When you have been offered a place you will be invited to an induction event which takes place on a Saturday in June. As part of this induction event you will be required to explore the nature and extent of your historical understanding and take part in a series of online seminars. These are designed to help you reflect on the nature of history subject knowledge. This auditing process will then direct you to a series of resources designed to extend your subject knowledge and understanding so that you begin the programme with an informed understanding of the subject knowledge demands of the course.

Upon joining the PGCE, during 12 weeks of study on campus, you will develop:

- Knowledge of essential educational theory;
- Develop an understanding of active teaching methods and the philosophy of 'Learning to Learn';
- Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including simulations and role play;
- Strategies to develop students' historical understanding through creative and stimulating ways, including organising fieldwork, use of ICT and museum work;
- Understanding the conceptual structure of the history curriculum;
- Ability to plan lessons effectively;
- A confident working knowledge of recent approaches to using ICT tools in the history classroom;
- Working with a range of outside speakers from the history education community;
- Greater subject knowledge and professional and academic skills;
- Wider awareness of your role within the history teaching community and the teaching profession through the study of professional values.


A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.

You will also develop your subject knowledge by participating in field visits to a wide range of sites, the Edwardian Castles of North Wales, developing urban history trails in Liverpool, working in National museums and working with museum educators.


You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools, colleges or other settings, putting your training into practice through assisting with and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

You will also be able to incorporate teaching activities into your classes which you will have developed through your own experience, during the numerous fieldwork trips in the first few months of the programme.


You will be taught by a dedicated team of knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and supportive tutors who have the welfare of their trainees as a number one priority.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards. Weekly tasks undertaken in schools will enable you to develop an understanding of effective teaching and learning approaches which will inform University based sessions. The most demanding assignment is a reflective and analytical piece of classroom-based research in which you will consider how pupils learn history, and how your teaching can make that more effective.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in History.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

Visit the PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE you should have: A first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification; A degree classification at 2:2 or above; GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); Competence in ICT; A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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