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PGCE History


Location • City Campus
Subject area • Teacher education

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At a glance

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of history with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5. Through study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities in both secondary school and college settings.

Key points
• Gain the qualified teacher status (QTS) needed to teach history in secondary education contexts.
• Increase your teaching skills and confidence through two separate placements.
• Apply for a bursary to help with course fees (UK and EU students only).
• Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation.

About this course

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) with a subject specialism in secondary history, qualifying you to teach in secondary schools and post-16 colleges.

On the course you
• learn how to teach history across Key Stages 3 and 4
• understand different techniques and approaches to behaviour management
• learn how to plan lessons and assess student work
• learn how to develop resources
• learn about the wider role of teachers in school 
• gain knowledge about schools and the education system          
• apply your skills and knowledge on school placements

We help you develop the skills you need to be a successful teacher of pupils of all abilities. By studying with us you build your enthusiasm, confidence, knowledge and ability to teach history.

You also gain self-evaluation skills by completing a career preparation profile. This provides evidence that you meet the QTS standards for personal development.

School placements are central to the course. You complete two teaching placements, one in the autumn term between October and December and the second longer placement from January to June. During this time you are supported by a University-trained mentor with regular meetings and observations. Your course tutor also visits you to discuss your progress.

By the end of the placements you are able to show how you meet the qualified teacher status standards that are required by this course.  We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges in the area.

Your placements are complemented by university and academy-based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study and tutorials. The course is assessed by a combination of academic assignments and practical hands on experience in the classroom.

During the course you can choose to complete either the PGCE or the professional graduate certificate in education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications achieve QTS but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.


Full time – one year

How to apply

There are no available places left on this course. Places may still be available through Schools Direct, you need to apply through UCAS and to the school and not through Sheffield Hallam.

All Sheffield Hallam applications and School Direct applications must be made through UCAS. Apply on-line at

Fees – home and EU students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £9,000 for the course

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

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• research projects • individual and group work • presentations and reports • preparing teaching materials and plans • teaching practice

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