University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Secondary Education (History)

The course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); at the heart of the course is the notion that effective practice is driven not by a common set of agreed-upon behaviours or practices, but rather by a set of commitments, understandings and dispositions towards the subject and the teaching of it; on a practical level the course is underpinned by a close relationship with a number of partner schools; thus the delivery and evaluation of the various programme components is shared between the course tutors and school-based practitioners; in the autumn term the course aims to introduce the students gradually to the realities of teaching history in present-day schools as well as to develop their understanding of the nature of history and the different purposes underpinning teaching history in schools; students are encouraged to observe, explore and participate in curricular and teaching-related activities in a supportive environment; the spring term is spent practising the skills introduced in the previous term, as well as consolidating the understanding of the concepts involved in teaching history; the summer term focuses on: extending students' classroom skills; and involving participation in school-based curriculum development projects; as well as deepening their understanding of issues in teaching history; topics covered throughout the year include: purposes of teaching history; concepts in teaching history; understanding the national curriculum and other initiatives in education; planning and evaluating lessons; constructing and using resources including using information communication technology; actively engaging in e-learning projects; language in the classroom; differentiation and personalised learning; behaviour for learning; post-16 teaching; these various strands are delivered simultaneously at the university and in schools; the summer term focuses on the teaching of difficult and controversial histories; public history; museums in education; working with gifted and talented students and those with special educational needs; cross-curricular work; field work.

Entry requirements

At least GCSE/ O-level at grade C or an equivalent qualification in English and mathematics; a degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Course modules

Modules include: curriculum studies (main subject specialism); education and professional studies; school experience.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,370 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

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PGCE Office, Graduate School of Education