Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Secondary Education (History)

The underpinning philosophy of the course is that History is an engaging and interesting subject, which has a central role to play in the education of pupils. University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.

University based assessments involve three (M level) assignments related to experiences gained in schools on the teaching and learning of History. School-based assessment is ongoing and involves regular assessment of practical teaching by mentors and tutors. Visiting speakers include mentors from partnership schools and other experts in history education.

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme.

Entry requirements

Degree in history, or where history has been substantial part of course with a 2.2 classification; plus GCSE grade B in mathematics and English language; interview which involves tests in literacy and numeracy and a comprehension task; entry is also subject to a satisfactory health check and satisfactory criminal records check.

Course modules

Among the areas covered by the programme are: The National Curriculum in History, History in Primary Schools, Transition from Primary to Secondary and inter-phase liaison in History, Lesson Planning and evaluation, Classroom Organisation and Management, Teaching and learning Strategies for Key Stages 3, 4 and A level, Differentiation and Special Educational Needs in history teaching, Assessment in history Key Stage 3, 4 and A level Literacy and Numeracy and history, the Curriculum Cymreig, PSE and other cross-curricular frameworks and history, Using ICT in History and Fieldwork including Local History.

Assessment methods

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,000 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff CF23 6XD Wales

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Student Recruitment Team
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