Lionheart Teach History (35P9)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

How this course is organised?

The PGCE course at the University of Leicester is divided into two halves, Phase A and Phase B, each with clearly delineated priorities to guide progress towards successful completion.

Two-thirds of the time (currently 24 weeks out of 36) is spent in schools, starting with a two-week preliminary attachment to a primary school with time spent in a secondary school that its pupils transfer to. A pack of materials incorporating designated tasks and critical reading enables student teachers to make the most of this experience and also supports the completion of a preliminary assignment.

On arrival in Leicester, students begin Phase A of their training, starting with an intensive University-based programme consisting of days devoted to subject work and days for the core Professional Studies Programme, which all students follow (A1). This helps prepare students for their first school placement, which at Leicester comes early in the PGCE course. By Christmas, everyone will have completed over a month’s teaching in school (A2). Students then return to the same school after Christmas, continuing with their teaching for a further two weeks.

A similar format is repeated in the second half of the year (Phase B). Some mainly University-based weeks (B1) lead into a substantial period of teaching experience in a different school (B2). A concluding spell in the same school, working on a subject project and other activities while continuing with a reduced teaching load, (B3) is followed by a final week in the School of Education.

What is taught on this course? There are two inter-related strands: subject work and the Professional Studies Programme, with elements of both developed through taught sessions in the University and through practical teaching experiences in schools.

A number of features are common to all courses, regardless of the specific subject students are preparing to teach:

Close links between the University and its partner schools/colleges, ensuring placement experiences in different institutions draw on and inform each other

Individual Action Planning that helps students identify their own development needs and make appropriate plans to fulfil them as they progress through the course

Subject sessions, particularly in the early part of the course, which concentrate on fundamental matters such as lesson planning and evaluation, literacy, preparation of resources, adapting to various levels of pupil ability and the importance of assessment, recording and reporting achievement

School placements

Your placements schools will be those within The Lionheart Educational Trust. Schools are selected by us for you to ensure you benefit from two contrasting settings and are guaranteed a breadth of experience across our 11-18 age range. We will however consider any preferences based on your location.

The placements are referred to as ‘Phase A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements. Your first placement is the ‘Phase A’ placement. After a two a two day induction you will return to spend around 10 weeks in your first school. You will build on any existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s ITT Co-ordinator and your subject mentor who will oversee your progress and professional development throughout, guiding you and personalising your programme.

During your ‘Phase B’ you will spend around 12- 15 weeks in your second school. You will work once again with the schools’ ITT Co-ordinator and mentor who will support you to develop and refine as a classroom practitioner ensuring you have focused opportunities to identify and strengthen your subject knowledge and pedagogical approach to teaching, building on your Phase A practice and enabling you to meet the teaching standards.

Whilst on placement there will be opportunities for our School Direct trainees to come together to share their experiences and build excellent teaching habits on our CPD days. These enrich your training experience and build vital collaboration between trainees and their subject areas. You will also benefit from a weekly professional learning session that focus on all areas of practice and are underpinned by our Trust’s key priorities in teaching and learning with a real focus on research based teaching strategies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in history or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

Applicants without History as a major subject would be expected to undertake essential background reading before the start of the course. We welcome applications from mature students who are returning to full-time work or who are making carefully considered decisions to change careers.

History students will form part of a Humanities subject group along with Citizenship, Geography and RE specialists for generic sessions. In addition there will be a programme of History subject enhancement sessions to further secure your subject knowledge. This approach recognises the need for flexibility and adaptability required of the Humanities based teacher.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £16,850

UK and EU Students This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022 Tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are: £9,250 PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.

Scholarship Teacher Training Scholarships for Secondary Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Languages, History, Religious Education, English and Geography Trainees

Scholarships of up to £32,000 (depending on the subject) are awarded to the most talented trainees in place of the NCTL bursary.

To be awarded a Scholarship you will need outstanding subject knowledge and the potential to become an inspirational physics, chemistry, mathematics, languages or geography teacher.

To view the full eligibility criteria and submit an application, please visit the website of the appropriate organisation:

Institute of Physics (Physics and Physics with Maths) Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (Maths) Royal Society of Chemistry (Chemistry) Royal Geographical Society (Geography) British Council (Modern Languages) International Students This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022 Tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £16850

Please note that International Students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website.

About the training provider

Lionheart Teach is the Leicester and Leicestershires School Direct Initial Teacher Training run by the Lionheart Educational Trust. Our Trust seeks to develop excellent teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with the high quality teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development. The school direct partnership works with our family of schools across Leicester & Leicestershire to develop trainee teachers to teach across different settings in our valued communities.

Our Trust is built on a perfect balance of Academic Excellence and Holistic Development. We realise the importance of delivering quality first teaching; developing well-rounded young people and preparing them for life beyond education. We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching with our team of experts. We pride ourselves on delivering a personalised programme where you can thrive and realise your passion to become a teacher who makes a real difference and positively impact on the lives of others.

Our Schools: Beauchamp College, an 11-18 school, Oadby Beauchamp City Sixth Form, Leicester City Centre The Castle Rock School, 11-18 school, Coalville The Cedars Academy, 11-19 school, Birstall Humphrey Perkins, 11-16 school, Barrow upon Soar Judgemeadow Community College, 11-16 school, Evington The Martin High School, 11-19 school, Anstey The Newbridge School, 11-16 school, Coalville Sir Jonathan North Girl’s College, 11-16 girls’ school, Leicester There are 5 primaries in The Trust: Brockshill Primary, Oadby Broom Leys School, Coalville Hallam Fields Primary, Birstall Highcliffe Academy, Birstall Riverside Primary, Birstall

About the accredited body

Our PGCE teacher training courses are taught by experts with years of experience as teachers themselves. We aim to develop inspirational teaching, informed by current research and grounded in a practical understanding of what works in the classroom.

You’ll have ongoing support from a range of tutors throughout your studies, helping to build your confidence and skills as you progress.

Our PGCE courses focus on developing the kind of teachers schools tell us they want to employ. It’s no wonder our graduates are in high demand, with 96% securing their first teaching post within 12 months of finishing the course.

Interview process

Our selection process is in two parts: School based interview and University based interview. During the process you will participate in a small group discussion and presentation activity with candidates from a range of subjects.

Teachers from Partnership schools are normally involved, as well as University Tutors.

The day will also involve:

  • An individual interview with the University Subject Tutor(s) and visiting teacher(s). You will be encouraged to demonstrate commitment to your subject, to reflect on relevant previous experience, and expand upon the skills, knowledge, experiences and aptitude that you can bring to your training.

  • A short subject specific written task which is designed to explore aspects of your subject knowledge and the quality of your expression*

Further details about the selection process are on the School of Education website

  • The University of Leicester is committed to Equal Opportunities for all students and potential students, and support is available for candidates for whom this task might present a challenge. Potential applicants for whom this may be a consideration are advised to contact the Secondary PGCE team in advance.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Definition of Disability A person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Equality Act 2010)

Reasonable Adjustments: To achieve this level playing field the concept of reasonable adjustment has been established. Please contact as at to talk about how we can support you.

A vitally important aspect of providing a reasonable adjustment is that the dignity of individuals is paramount. This point is relevant to all of us whatever our role. Disabled people do not want favours and do not want to stand out as special cases. They simply want the same level of opportunity to achieve and to live.

In addition to support available from Lionheart Teach as a student of the University of Leicester, Loughborough University or Nottingham Trent University you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

Contact this training provider

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Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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