Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Secondary Education (History, Initial Teacher Education)

The course is part of the programme for Initial Teacher Training; the course is an active and interesting preparation for teaching history in the 11-18+ age range with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) assessment at 2 key stages; in subject studies sessions, students get the opportunity to: Find out about the history curriculum; look at planning for stimulating, active learning; consider ways to stretch young people's curiosity and interest in history, including using: historical sources, role play and drama, objects and artefacts, fieldwork (including optional residential fieldwork), storytelling and information communication technology (ICT); the course is taught using a wide range of resources and in partnership with diverse educational settings; trainees are prepared to work within the framework of the Key National Strategy, the National Curriculum and history exam specifications; students have opportunities to look at cross-curricular possibilities and 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; 24 weeks are spent on placement: a total of 8 weeks in 1 placement during the autumn term and either 12 weeks in a 2nd placement with a further 4 weeks in an alternative setting (museum or heritage site, or archive education department or special school or ICT centre), or 16 weeks in a 2nd placement during the spring and summer.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree in a relevant subject plus GCSE mathematics, science and English. A minimum of 1 day recent observation at a comprehensive school. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Course modules

Modules include: Enabling learning; meeting curriculum challenges; becoming a teacher.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

Admissions and International Development
Telephone number: 
0117 328 3333