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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.

• 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.


Full-time – one year
Starts September

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

2015/16 academic year

Typically £9,000 for the course

Course description

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.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.


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

Entry requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must also
• hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent, which includes substantial elements of history
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in history studies-related or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from

Course content


• developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary history education • learning and teaching in context in history education • block placement 1 • block placement 2

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.


After graduating you have excellent career prospects. Over 96 per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Some graduates choose to continue with further study or find alternative employment in education-related fields.

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