University of Reading

University of Reading

Secondary Education (History)

  • Taught by staff regarded as experts in the field of History education, both nationally and internationally, and who have been consulted by a number of national and international organisations, such as the Historical Association, QCA and QCDA, the TDA, Ofqual, the Department for Education and Council of Europe on matters relating to the history curriculum
  • Staff who are research active in matters relating to history education which directly informs the work on the course
  • Taught in first class facilities through a series of practical seminars and workshops; weaving together personal experience, practice and research into challenging but highly practical and relevant sessions
  • Assignments which are designed to help you plan your teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate your skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils
  • Taught in a well-resourced campus environment as well as in school workshop spaces and in the field
  • Examines a range of pedagogical approaches to geography teaching
  • Addresses all aspects of secondary history education

This subject is available via School Direct and University-based routes. Those students following a School Direct route may be studying for a PGCE or for QTS only. However, all students come together as a subject group in University sessions.

Those taking the PGCE will spend more time in the University than those taking the QTS-only course. The PGCE will involve writing assignments that are designed to help trainees to plan their teaching effectively and imaginatively and to evaluate their developing knowledge and skills, particularly in terms of the quality of learning achieved by pupils. Successful completion will result in 60 Masters-level credits.

At the very heart of our model of initial teacher training (ITT) is the drive to produce outstanding teachers who become reflective professionals able to secure the very best outcomes for all children.

Entry requirements

  • possess good academic credentials (normally you should possess a 2:1 degree in History or if holding a joint or related degree (e.g. Archaeology) demonstrate that 50+% of the degree contains history related modules)
  • have a good understanding of their historical specialism, but also understand how history works

Plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics and English or equivalent. You will need to have spent some time observing practice in a maintained secondary school, pass the QTS skills tests and undertake a criminal record and occupational health check.

Course modules

You will be taught by a diverse and incredibly experienced community of academics, and benefit from the breadth of their expertise and understanding of educating and influencing policy. Some of your tutors have national or international reputations as experts in their fields and their research directly informs the work on the course.

University-based teaching is through a series of lectures, practical seminars and workshops, where Interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include:

  • participating in workshop style sessions with your peers
  • attending presentations by subject experts
  • working on tasks in groups
  • having individual tutorials
  • visits to schools or other education settings
  • visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
  • writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and Professional Studies

These learning activities will help you to develop a toolkit of knowledge and skills, ensuring you are well prepared to tackle challenges and opportunities throughout your training and your career.

Alongside the University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
London Road Campus Reading RG1 5AQ South East

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