History student teachers within the History, Geography, RE and Social Sciences subject specialisms are taught as a PGCE Humanities group. You will have specialist inputs on your chosen subject and also gain experience of issues in planning and teaching cross-curricular work within the Humanities. Your two school placements are in your specialist subjects.
We are committed to History being taught as a lively, thought provoking subject.
PGCE Secondary History aims to:
Model good practice for your work with pupils, with an emphasis on active, student-centred learning;
Help you develop varied, imaginative strategies for use in the classroom
demonstrate how artefacts, original documents and photographs, drama, role play and re-enactment, oral and local history and fieldwork can be used to enhance pupils’ learning;
Develop your capacity to reflect on the nature of the key concepts of History in order to be able to teach them well;
Provide you with opportunities to develop collaboratively with other History specialist trainees
Develop your understanding of your professional role as one which contributes within a department and whole school communities.
The course for History will help you to understand various frameworks for teaching the subject. Alongside regulatory frameworks and curriculum requirements the course helps you to understand the relationship of the school subject to Schools and Society, school history’s clear links with History as an Academic Discipline and to wider issues such as Historical Identity and communities.
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations
Applications are welcome from students with good/very good qualifications in their History qualifications at GCSE and AS/A level (or equivalent) and at honours degree level. Those students with joint or combined honours degrees in which History is a major subject are also welcome to apply.
Students with degrees in a range of academic backgrounds including Classical Studies, Law, International Relations and Government and Politics may also be considered, although post-graduate study in History would be desirable in these circumstances.
In all cases applicants are required to have an A level History qualification and should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for History at interview.