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PGCE Secondary History with QTS (11-16)

Gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status and become an innovative history teacher willing to consciously link past and present, tackle controversial issues and push the boundaries of learning for secondary school pupils aged 11-16.

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      UCAS Code: V1X1
      Course Length: 1 Year Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University

      Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

      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 are a graduate and want to excite the imagination and develop the historical awareness of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme for you.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      You’ll start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

      During a significant period of study on campus, you will develop:

      • Knowledge of essential educational theory;
      • Develop an understanding of active teaching methods and the underlying principles of effective learning;
      • 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.

      How will I study?

      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 aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.

      You will also enhance your subject knowledge and understanding of learning outside the classroom through participating in field visits to a wide range of sites and museums, including the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, the Imperial War Museum North in Salford, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

      You will spend up to 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. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed, through a balanced combination of coursework and portfolio assessments, against both academic criteria and the Standards related to QTS. 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 two-year induction as an early career teacher.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

      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.


      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

      The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.


      Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      SHI4001The Effective History Teacher: Explorations in Method, Policy and Theory (20 credits)

      The Effective History Teacher: Explorations in Method, Policy and Theory equips you with a deep and broad understanding of contemporary secondary education. You will receive an insight into the ways in which the secondary education system in England has been moulded and shaped by evolving beliefs around pedagogy, education theory and policy, as well as examining the evolution of methods used for the delivery and assessment of educational content. You will develop a critical awareness of, and engagement with, current challenges in secondary education and gain the ability to advocate for robust and convincing solutions. An understanding of the policies, approaches and theories which shape current beliefs around best practice in teaching will ensure you are well equipped to anticipate the future trajectory of secondary education and help influence and respond to this process of continual change.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SHI4000The Expert History Teacher: Subject Knowledge as the Foundation of Expertise (20 credits)

      The Expert History Teacher: Subject Knowledge as the Foundation of Expertise focuses on subject and curriculum knowledge in secondary history education. Adopting a joint academic and professional focus, the module includes various strands of development that will enhance your subject knowledge in history, including Key Stage 2 transition and post-16 education, while also exploring the history curriculum, subject pedagogy and application to practice. You will critically reflect on the curriculum experiences of different types of learners, contribute to improvements in teaching history in your placement settings, and develop the desire to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy throughout your teaching career.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      SHI4003The Professional History Teacher at Work: Combining Knowledge, Theory and Method (20 credits)

      The Professional History Teacher at Work: Combining Knowledge, Theory and Method enables you to demonstrate the wide range of techniques used to plan and deliver effective learning experiences in secondary education. You will benefit from comprehensive preparation for undertaking professional practice, be supported through your time on placements in secondary settings, and receive guidance on interpreting, reflecting upon and critiquing what you experience and learn. The module provides the conceptual, theoretical and practical links between your work on campus and time in schools. You will develop the complex inter-related skills of teaching, such as the application of subject knowledge, planning for learning, classroom management, teaching methodology, and assessment and evaluation in history. You will also hone your knowledge, understanding and practice in relation to the variety of professional attributes and skills which underpin the role of the secondary history teacher. Engaging with strategies such as behaviour management and special educational needs and disabilities, you will be encouraged to apply theory to practice in ways which both challenge and extend your insight and expertise.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will also undertake the following non-modular activities:

      SRP4011PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 1 (0 credits)

      PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 1 sits outside the credit-bearing structure of the PGCE. It houses the first period of professional practice that will typically be undertaken between the end of October and February. This professional practice will be in a secondary school setting and focused on Years 7-11 classes. Lasting approximately 60 days, the placement will be divided into an initial phase and developmental phase. The initial phase will involve mostly observing experienced teachers at work before the developmental phase where you will begin to teach parts of lessons. Your teaching time will gradually increase until you are teaching approximately 50% of a standard teacher’s timetable by the end of the placement.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      SRP4012PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 2 (0 credits)

      PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 2 sits outside the credit-bearing structure of the PGCE. It houses the second period of professional practice that will typically be undertaken between March and June. This professional practice will be in a different secondary school setting to your first period of professional practice and provide vital additional experience of teaching Years 7-11 classes. Lasting approximately 60 days, the placement will consolidate your academic and practical learning and involve you undertaking the bulk of a regular teacher’s work. The initial phase of the placement will be in the form of an induction where you will work closely with your host teachers before progressing quite quickly to teach around 70% of a standard teacher’s timetable.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have:

      • A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject from a UK university. Other subjects may be considered if you have an A Level in History;
      • GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification);
      • Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence;
      • A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

      Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      This PGCE is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will be well placed to progress into employment as a newly qualified teacher of History at secondary school level.

      Our proactive careers 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. For more information, see


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £13,500.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this PGCE can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this PGCE in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

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      Apply online through the Apply for Teacher Training service at

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      15th December 2020 - Change of Modules

      SHI4000 The Expert History Teacher: Subject Knowledge as the Foundation of Expertise (20 credits), SHI4001 The Effective History Teacher: Explorations in Method, Policy and Theory (20 credits) and SHI4003 The Professional History Teacher at Work: Combining Knowledge, Theory and Method (20 credits) replace SHI4010 Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in History Education (30 credits), SHI4011 Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in History Education (30 credits), SHI4012 Research and Practice in History Education (30 credits), SRP4001 Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits), SRP4002 Professional Practice 1 (30 credits) and SRP4003 Professional Practice 2 (30 credits) as compulsory modules.

      The revised programme structure also includes non-modular activity, SRP4011 PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 1 (0 credits) and SRP4012 PGCE Secondary Professional Practice 2 (0 credits).

      27th October 2020 - Change of Programme Title

      The title of this programme has changed from PGCE Secondary History (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS to PGCE Secondary History with QTS (11-16).

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