University of York

University of York

Secondary Education (History)

This course prepares students to become an effective teacher of history; it encourages students to work professionally and creatively in building upon the links between their work as history teachers and the development of pupils' social understanding; trainees learn how to plan lessons and design activities to promote a range of historical skills such as enquiry; interpretation and source analysis; we investigate issues such as progression; differentiation and assessment; also introducing trainees to literacy; information communication technology; assessment for learning and thinking skills; the course is taught by staff with recent school experience; local teachers regularly contribute workshops that are grounded in up to date practice; applications are welcomed from both those with single subject history degrees and those who have studied a significant amount of history together with other subjects; the pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills; university tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences; to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading; the main phases of school experience currently are: An initial primary school placement; a 2 days per week autumn term placement, plus a 4-week mini-block teaching placement; a 15-week block teaching placement during most of the spring term and the early part of the summer term; a period of professional enrichment during the summer term; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; all entrants must have qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCE O-level or GCSE grade C or above or equivalent; an offer of a place on the course may be conditional on attending an extension or enhancement course to improve applicants' subject knowledge; admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure.

Assessment methods

The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves; assessment is continuous, there are no final examinations; all trainees also have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy set by the Teaching Agency in order to be awarded a qualified teaching certificate.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Alcuin College York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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