Are you passionate about teaching history in school? The course combines academic study and application of history education with a range of school experiences to prepare you for teaching secondary school students across the 11-16 age range. Approximately two-thirds of your time will be spent in schools developing your practical teaching skills with the support of experienced history teachers. A wide range of teaching methods are incorporated into the course, including lectures, group discussion, practical workshops, trainee-led presentations and peer reviews. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them.
You will explore what is the use or relevance of studying History and why it matters what happened long ago? You will be able to educate pupils in how to interpret the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human.
In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional history teachers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority. A thinking skills approach and enquiry based learning underpin the course as these have been shown to motivate and interest young learners as well as enhance their understanding of the world in which we live.
The PGCE course has both a pedagogical and practical aspect. After a short period of time in University preparing you for school experience, much of the course is spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.
The programme consists of 36 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.
All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.
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.
Equivalency tests will be accepted in English and maths
A list of accepted equivalent qualifications together with details of Equivalency Tests from Newman University can be found on our website at
The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.
Obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach are also required.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for over fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.
These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.
The Primary PGCE is available in two options: 3-7 (Early Years/KS1) or 5-11 (KS1/KS2). We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science: Biology/Chemistry/Physics.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015
Our aim is to make this a two way informative process that is as enjoyable as possible, despite being an interview. We want every candidate to have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to be a good teacher and to thrive as a teacher in their following career.
Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage, further details can also be found on the Newman website.
Interview candidates will be invited to our Faculty of Education to meet academic staff and tutors.
The interview day is made up of 2 main components:
● Micro-teaching session with a small group of other candidates,
Interviewers will be looking for you to include: a brief introduction; a main body, engaging the audience and making good use of the available time; a definitive ending summarizing the learning
● Personal interview. The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, to find out about you and your interests, experiences and skills, relevant to becoming a teacher
We will be looking for:
● Your passion to become an outstanding teacher
● Good communication skills, including an ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups
● a knowledge of the National Curriculum in your subject or age area and current educational developments
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:
Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
Hearing or Visual loss
Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties
Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.
Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.
Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.
We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:
Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.
Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required
Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.
Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties
We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.
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