University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (History and Citizenship)

Teaching is an inherently complex activity, and teachers choose their teaching strategies for a variety of reasons; consequently students are equipped to analyse their ideas about teaching and understand the range of ideas that are behind all talk about teaching; students are equipped to use the most up to date ideas about teaching but also to appreciate that these become outdated and replaced by new strategies; students teach classes in Key Stage 3 and 4 as well as post-16, and learn to select the most effective teaching methods; the sessions model different teaching methods so students can experience the methods they can use; the close links with history departments in schools means the University is able to use the 30 years of teaching experience of the tutors and get teachers in to talk about their experience of teaching too.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 40 per cent is history relevant to the National Curriculum; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; students provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases: preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.

Sponsorship information

Home and EU students starting the PGCE history and citizenship course in September 2010 shall be eligible for a TDA bursary of �4000, which is paid in 9 monthly instalments during their time on the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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