University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (History)

Students are shown how to teach history effectively: by doing it; by talking about their own practice, reflecting on it and analysing it with others; by experimenting and innovating in order to solve challenging problems; by discovering how others have done it and joining their debates; by becoming more and more knowledgeable about history; trainee teachers explore the following issues: long live the essay; understanding how and why people interpret the past differently; saving the chronologically lost; how should the conceptual structure of the discipline shape teaching and assessment? What is the relationship between the study of history and the arts? What didn�t happen?

Entry requirements

Honours degree in history or closely associated subject required, and GCSE grade C (minimum) or equivalent in English language and mathematics; it is expected that all applicants for a PGCE course have undertaken at least 5-10 days recent work experience or observation in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges for their course choice, and be able to draw on this experience in their application.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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