The University of Reading History (V1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.reading.ac.uk/education

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About the course

This Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary History leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), qualifying you to teach the 11-18 age group in secondary schools in England and Wales.

Our History programme is designed to develop practitioners so that they can excel in any teaching context. A passion for history is at the heart of what we do and is evident in all aspects of the training year.

We ensure that the right space and guidance is there for trainees who arrive with differing experiences of history and education so that everyone can develop the right subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.

Sessions include:

  • how to teach pupils about causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, and difficult concepts
  • how to develop pupils’ evidential thinking and chronological understanding
  • making big decisions about the curriculum, e.g. what history and whose history to teach and when to teach it. In order to do this, the history team work closely with mentors in schools, including school visits and training to ensure our high professional standards are maintained.

The tutor team are passionate about what they do, have a vast range of experience and have strong national and international reputations for their work, both as classroom history teachers and teacher trainers. During the year we draw on our numerous contacts and their expertise; we have leading history teachers contribute to sessions, and work with organisations such as the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, the National Archives, and the Citizens Project at Royal Holloway. This ensures that your thinking and practice is informed by those at the leading edge of the profession.

Furthermore we organise trips to consider history learning in different contexts, as well as the value of local history and leading effective trips. In 2020 our cohort spent days at Windsor Castle, where they drew upon the Royal Archives and an exclusive tour, and the Museum of English Rural Life.

Our course combines research and practice from the very beginning, developed through a huge amount of classroom-based teaching and subsequent reflection, which has led to it receiving exceptional student evaluations and exemplary praise from external examiners.

More information about this course

School placements

Placements enable you to develop the knowledge and skills valued and desired by employers - you will build your confidence in the classroom and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.

At Secondary level we have strong relationships with around 80 schools in the local and surrounding area. It is a testament to the strength of these partnerships and the regard with which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education, with many employing significantly more.

On your Secondary PGCE course you are required to carry out three placements in two different age groups - ensuring you receive a broad range of experiences. Two placements must be undertaken in a school setting but the third can be taken in a different setting - allowing you to sample teaching in an alternative environment.

We offer our students an unusually flexible and broad range of settings and educational environments - you will have the opportunity to gain experience in special needs schools, Pupil Referral Units, independent schools, museums, and charities.

You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your course to apply your developing skills in real settings. In schools, you will be involved in:

  • observation of other teachers
  • planning and teaching parts of lessons/small groups
  • planning and teaching lessons and sequences of lessons
  • reflecting on and evaluating your teaching
  • receiving feedback on your teaching
  • gaining experience of the range of responsibilities of classroom teachers.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

You are normally required to have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a subject that is related to the subject you intend to teach.

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.

We accept English and Mathematics equivalency tests offered by the University of Reading. Details will be sent with the offer email.

We will also accept tests offered by astarequivalency.co.uk, mathsmadeeasy.co.uk or equivalencytesting.com.

Please email the university first to check acceptability if you are considering taking a test with another provider.

Personal qualities

If you are passionate about and committed to children’s education and would like a career in which you can make a difference, then apply to the University of Reading.

We welcome applications from prospective students who have an understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching.

Other requirements

If you accept an offer with us you will also be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for working with children.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £18,650

On 23 June 2020 the UK government announced that, following the end of the transition period, EU students (with the exception of the Republic of Ireland) commencing a new programme of study will pay fees at the International rate with effect from the 2021/22 academic year.

Students starting a course in 2022 may still be entitled to pay fees at the UK student rate if they have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Financial support from the training provider

Students who have previously graduated from an undergraduate course at the University of Reading will be eligible for an alumni discount amounting to £1500.

This discount will also be available to Reading alumnus undertaking a non-salaried School Direct with PGCE course with one of our school partners.

About the training provider

The Institute of Education (IoE) at the University of Reading is an established provider of high-quality teacher training and research in education. The impact of our research and the breadth of our experience feeds directly into everything we do and the world around us.

Train with us and have a direct and positive impact on the lives of young people. In our latest Ofsted inspection in 2016 all our teacher training courses were rated ‘Good’. We are currently ranked 10th in the UK for Education in the Guardian University League Tables 2022.

Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have well-established partnerships with over 400 schools, who we work closely with to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Globally, our research, consultancy and other projects extend to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore.

In the latest national assessment, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 80% of our research outputs were rated world leading or internationally excellent, positively impacting educational policy and practice.

At the Institute of Education we have the research, the expertise and the passion to help others grow into engaged and active citizens; individuals with resilience and the confidence to tackle challenges.

Interview process

Interviews are currently being held online.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Reading welcomes disabled students and has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service. The service offers advice and guidance to students with any disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

If you have not yet told the University about your disability, or have not disclosed it on your application, you can discuss the implications of a disclosure in complete confidence, with one of our disability advisers.

We offer support, advice and guidance with:

  • physical disabilities e.g. mobility
  • sensory disabilities e.g. visual impairments
  • mental health difficulties e.g. anxiety
  • medical conditions e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes
  • autism/Asperger Syndrome
  • SpLDs e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

DAS may be able to assist in study related support in the following ways:

  • Disability Advisory Service (DAS) may assess the impact of your disability on your studies and recommend any reasonable adjustments required
  • Provide information on funding for study support, including the Disabled Students Allowance and how to apply.
  • Liaise with your Department/Schools/Hubs including Senior Tutors and Disability Representative on reasonable adjustments, including extensions to deadlines and alternative modes of assessment where appropriate.
  • Flag students (with permission) in order that tutors are made aware of individual requirements.
  • The Disability Advisory Service can provide assistance on arranging non- medical helpers e.g. one to one support arrangements such as mentors and specialist study skills.
  • Liaising with the exams office re special exam arrangements
  • Referral and signposting to other services

Contact this training provider

Email
teachertraining@reading.ac.uk
Telephone
0118 378 5289
Website
http://www.reading.ac.uk/education
Address
Admissions Office
Miller Building
Whiteknights
Reading
RG6 6AB

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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