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

Prior to admission to the programme, all students are required by the DfE to have:

  • at least GCSE or 'O' level at grade C or GCSE equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics;
  • a degree (with a 2:2 or above) or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

All candidates must have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before starting the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

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School of Education, University of Bristol
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School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
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