Leeds Trinity University History (V1X1)

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

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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our PGCE Secondary History course prepares you to teach in the 11 - 16 age phase. It may be possible to gain experience of teaching post 16 during your PGCE and the qualification does not preclude you from teaching post 16 once employed. There are two stages to the course.

Stage A – Introduction to teaching

University-based training Our innovative and supportive model of training gives you school experience from the very early weeks of the course, and support and tuition from University and subject experts until you are a highly-confident new teacher. After a short induction programme, you will start a school placement three days a week, extending to four days a week. Every Friday you’ll return to University for subject knowledge and applied pedagogy sessions and support from your tutor and fellow trainees on the course.

Professional Education Studies You’ll be introduced to the important topics and issues which will inform your learning, practice and professional values. These sessions give theoretical insights and practical strategies to tackle issues that you will face in your placements and early years of your professional teaching life.

Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy You’ll study the school curriculum and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll learn how to plan sequences of learning that address the needs of your pupils so you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.

School-based training You’ll put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your subject mentor based in your school. You’ll benefit from the support and expertise of your subject tutor, and your subject peer group at University one day a week.

Stage B – Developing your knowledge and preparing for your new career

University-based training You’ll build on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block.

School-based training You’ll deepen your knowledge of how students learn, extending your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school, and with pupils that you will get to know really well. Your second placement will usually be in a different school.

You’ll teach more lessons, ensuring you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and 4, becoming more of an independent practitioner.

School placements

Our School Partnerships Office will source your placements, taking into account your training needs and personal circumstances.

After you’ve completed your initial weeks of University-based training, you’ll start your first school-based training placement which runs from September to December. This will give you the chance to put into practice what you’ve learnt in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your school-based mentor and returning to university for regular lectures as the curriculum builds aligning taught sessions with classroom experience.

From January to June, you’ll complete a second placement in a different school. This will help you deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This longer placement provides you with the chance to develop your practice in one school and with pupils you will get to know really well enabling you to make a positive impact on pupil progress.

During your second placement, your school and the university support you as teaching responsibilities gradually increase to 80% of a typical early career teacher’s timetable, helping you to become a more independent practitioner in preparation for employment.

Throughout your placements, you’ll have the support of a school-based mentor. These mentors are trained by Leeds Trinity to support you as you complete your training and assess your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ standards by the end of the PGCE programme. You’ll also have a university tutor, based at Leeds Trinity and a link tutor who will visit you at school. They will provide quality assurance for your training and offer any support and advice you may need.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, 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.

If you do not already have the appropriate GCSEs, or if you are unable to provide proof of your grades, we can accept GCSE equivalency tests taken with www.equivalencytesting.com, www.astarequivalency.co.uk or Birmingham City University (BCU) www.bcu.ac.uk.

You only need to do the test if you are offered a place with us that you firmly accept. We can only accept tests from these providers and you will need to contact them directly for details on how to book and their costs.

Personal qualities

We’re committed to training outstanding teachers that will make a huge difference to the lives of those they teach. As such, we also for candidates that have:

  • The personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in schools.

  • The commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to those of a secondary teacher.

  • The ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English.

  • Strong applicants also have experience in secondary schools.

Other requirements

Successful applicants also tend to have:

  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in History.

  • Experience of observing teaching in a secondary school in this country.

An offer is subject to:

  • A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

  • A satisfactory medical.

If you are offered a place you will be sent information regarding these checks.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you must apply by end of May 2022. If you apply in May, we cannot guarantee we can process your application. All offer conditions must be met by June 2022.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

For the most up-to-date tuition fees, visit Leeds Trinity

Financial support from the training provider

For the most up-to-date information on what financial support you may be eligible for, including bursaries and scholarships, visit Leeds Trinity

For information on what finance support may be eligible for international applicants, visit Leeds Trinity

About the training provider

Leeds Trinity University has been synonymous with high quality teacher training since 1966, when we were founded as a Catholic teacher training college.

Over the years, we’ve diversified and expanded to become renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates across many subject areas, but an unwavering commitment to outstanding teacher training has remained at the heart of what we do.

Recognising that people begin PGCE courses with different levels of experience and skills, we train you in three stages to build your confidence and capability with a mix of research-informed practice, school-based training and plenty of one-to-one support.

We work with over 600 schools – from small rural schools to large, inner-city high schools. We work with ‘Outstanding’ schools leading innovations in education, as well as schools that may have difficulties in reaching outcome targets at the end of key stages.

When you train with Leeds Trinity, you’ll experience best practice in school improvement, whichever school you train in.

You’ll work with expert school mentors while on placement and receive help, advice and support from University-based link tutors. This combination means you’ll get specialist training on teaching the most difficult aspects of subject content, and understanding children and young people at various ages and stages of development.

After you graduate, we offer excellent support for teachers in the early stages of their career, and have a very strong Early Career Teacher (ECT) programme, with CPD, an active online community, and an annual conference.

Interview process

If you’re invited to an interview through our University-led route, you’ll also receive an email from us that explains everything you need to know about your interview. This includes the date, time and method of interview, as well as what to prepare beforehand and what will happen on the day, so it’s really important to read this email very carefully.

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

We’re committed to ensuring that every student with potential, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the opportunity to benefit from higher education.

If you have a disability or additional needs, Leeds Trinity University will endeavour to put in place reasonable adjustments to accommodate any additional requirements throughout your teacher training year. We’re able to support with conditions such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Asperger syndrome/autism
  • Visual/hearing impairments
  • Physical and mobility restrictions
  • Long-term medical conditions
  • A mental health condition.

If you register with our Disability Service, a member of the team will develop a Learning Support Plan tailored to your specific needs. The support within this plan could include exam adjustments, extended library loans, specialist one-to-one study skills, dyslexia screening and assessments, learning materials provided in alternative formats and alternative assessments.

With your permission, they’ll share this plan with your University-based personal tutor so that they know how to best support you during your University-based training. They can also share this plan with the School Partnerships team, who are able to inform the host schools for your placements so they can discuss how to best support you during your school-based training.

Contact this training provider

0113 283 7123
Leeds Trinity University
Brownberrie Lane
LS18 5HD

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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