University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Secondary Education (History)

This course helps trainees become a teacher who can make the past come to life for pupils, stimulate their curiosity and develop their critical thinking, writing and speaking. The course explores history teaching and learning using a variety of approaches, focusing on active learning and critical thinking in history, in and out of the classroom. By the end of this course, you will have earned qualified teacher status and we aim to give you diverse teaching placements, so you can practise you teaching in different contexts. Available through School Direct only.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.2 Honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2.1 Honours degrees. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August 2015. If you don�t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis. GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or equivalent qualifications. All successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2015. Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2015. At least 2-3 days experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism is recommended. With competitive subjects such as history we may not select you without this experience. A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance according to established university procedures.

Course modules

Modules include: Subject knowledge and peer tutoring; class management and discipline; planning for progression in history; learning theories and their practical application in the classroom; national curriculum; 14 to 19 development; history and museums; visual sources in history; artefacts in the classroom; field trips in history; primary history; teaching the holocaust; assessment in history; developing literacy and citizenship through history; using ICT in the history classroom including e-learning.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Presentations; written assignments; small-scale classroom research projects; assessment of in-school practice; portfolio of evidence of professional practices; self-assessment; peer assessment; formative assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School Direct LA1 3JD

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