University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Secondary Education (History)

History is a school subject with a significant role in educating young people to become well informed and active participants in a diverse society. The PGDE course will enable you to develop teaching strategies and skills so that you can use your knowledge and enthusiasm for history to engage and motivate secondary school pupils.

The University of Sheffield offers excellent opportunities for History PGDE student teachers. The aim of the course is to prepare newly qualified History teachers who have a passionate commitment to the subject and are able to teach it confidently and creatively to 11-19 year olds. Student teachers will be expected to collaborate with others on the course by reflecting openly and thoughtfully about all aspects of professional development as a history teacher.

Entry requirements

You will need a degree in History or have at least 50% of your degree in History. As this is an 11-19 course we are also preparing students to teach up to A-level and we will normally take into account the balance of your degree classification and your profile of A-level results.

It is desirable for applicants to have spent time in a secondary school in the United Kingdom either working, volunteering or as a visitor and to have spent some time with the History department in particular.

Course modules

The teaching of PGDE History is shared between the University and a number of partnership schools. School-based history teachers act as subject mentors to student teachers on placement, play a full part in the recruitment process and contribute to the university-based course. We see no divide between theory and practice. Our work in the University is intensely practical and your practice in school must be thoughtful and reflective. Student teachers will belong to a History subject group supported by university subject tutors with years of experience in teaching History in secondary schools. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a range of externally provided training including  ‘Teaching the Holocaust’.

This is not a lecture-based course. Student teachers will attend university subject sessions covering the History school curriculum; assessment and the ways children learn; the teaching of important historical skills and concepts like causation, historical significance and chronology. Student teachers will consider how to manage a classroom successfully and how to engage pupils of different ages and abilities in the learning of history. The emphasis is on a collaborative, seminar style of learning.

This is a demanding course, which asks for both intellectual rigour and an array of personal qualities and skills. Our fundamental principle is analytical practice in order to create reflective professionals. The use and application of digital technologies is a feature of the work of teachers and there will be opportunities for student teachers to gain practical experience in this area, as well as in various forms of History fieldwork which are used to provide experience in planning and organising school history visits.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home/EU) Months
PGDE Full time September 2019 £ 16,800 per Academic year (International) Months

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