Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Secondary History (with QTS)

This programme prepares you for a rewarding career as an effective and inspirational teacher of History. You will have opportunities to learn from current practitioners and external speakers who are at the forefront of History education. Working with experienced professionals you will explore how teaching and learning enables pupils to apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes of History both inside and outside the classroom.

During your training you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for History, emphasising the practical application of theory. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom. You will explore signature pedagogies such as interpretation and source analysis. These sessions will help to deepen your understanding of the role and nature of History in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for your subject. 

You will explore how History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

The subject knowledge sessions focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary History students and emphasise active learning and investigative teaching. As well as broadening your own historic knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your subject knowledge as accessible and engaging as possible to students.

Entry requirements

You should usually have a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a History-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area.

Course modules

University-based study includes: 

a full-time block of three weeks at the start of the course in September
one day per week until January
six one-week study blocks at university between October and June
a number of conference days throughout the year

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work (planning, preparation and assessment); and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Assessment methods

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

PGDE assessment methods include: critical reflections on theory and practice, engaging with practitioner enquiry (as both a consumer and producer of research), the design and evaluation of learning experiences, and presentations.

On your placement, you will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards required will be based on co-observation and assessment of your teaching practice, with your mentor and tutor, and the evidence of pupils’ learning and progress in the classes that you teach.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home/EU) 12 Months

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