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Age phase: 11-16 with post-16 enhancement

PGCE History will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of what it means to be an outstanding history teacher.

You will be supported by a dedicated and specialist history subject tutor with over 15 years teaching experience. You will have access to the teaching and training resources provided by the Historical Association and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow trainee history teachers from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.

You will also receive additional training by external organisations such as the Centre for Holocaust Education, English Heritage, the Midlands History Forum, The Infirmary and Worcester Cathedral.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Helps you develop your own vision about the nature and purpose of a history education
  • Helps you develop your own understanding of how to effectively teach history in secondary schools
  • Helps you know how to arouse pupils curiosity about the past and encourage them to care about the people who inhabited it
  • Helps you develop the skills to be a thoughtful and self-reflective classroom practitioner
  • Equips you with the knowledge and skills to have a long, enjoyable and successful career in teaching

NB History is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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PGCE Secondary online taster

Our PGCE Secondary online taster is a great opportunity to learn more about the course you are interested in, speak with lecturers and find out what it’s really like to be a student at Worcester from the comfort of your own home.

Our next taster will be at 4.30pm on Monday 26 July.

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With purposeful sessions, support from a professional studies mentor, and my subject tutor, my Secondary History PGCE equipped me for the realities of the teaching profession

David Brown, PGCE Secondary graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in History, or a very closely related subject.
    Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English and Mathematics (or equivalent) (or 2021 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency exams if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants, until they achieve the required standard.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them. NB Interviews will continue throughout 2020 and be conducted online. Applicants will be contacted directly with more details. 

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsB@worc.ac.uk

Other information

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

 

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • University based subject teaching sessions to equip you with the most up to date, research informed guidance about how to effectively teach history in secondary schools.
  • Individual sessions to focus on how to teach the ‘key concepts’ of history, providing you with practical and engaging ways to help pupils develop a more sophisticated understanding of the nature of history.
  • You will also be fully prepared to teach the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level History.
  • In school, you will have the opportunity to put many of these ideas into practice, teach across the age and ability range and receive high quality feedback from your subject mentor.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Learn to consider innovative ways to make history memorable and exciting in the classroom.
  • Develop your skills in understanding how to enhance pupils’ learning in the historical environment through a range of opportunities to work with local heritage organisations.
  • Benefit from a one-day course with the Centre for Holocaust Education, sharing the most up to date, research informed training for teaching effectively about the Holocaust

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research about how children learn – most university teaching sessions will model or demonstrate classroom practice currently used in school.
  • Deepen your understanding of subject specific pedagogy by engaging with literature, much of which is written by practicing history teachers and university tutors.
  • In school, learn by initially observing and then practising the skills of teaching in a safe and supportive environment. Benefit from opportunities to share and learn from your fellow trainee teachers.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: PSHE and Citizenship, Developing a Second Subject, English as an Additional Language, Teenage Mental Health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or Technology Enhanced Learning.  In addition we also offer an Aspiring Leaders programme. 

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

The History PGCE programme at Worcester is a masterclass of overcoming your fears. It was one of the most exciting, daunting but enjoyable years of my life

Padraig Reade, PGCE Secondary graduate

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
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Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Rachael Moore

Rachael is the PGCE secondary subject lead for history. She spent over 17 years in secondary education, before moving into a career in ITTE. Her experience includes teaching history since 2002 in a comprehensive secondary school in which she worked as a subject mentor for PGCE history trainees, professional mentor and helped run a successful ‘Schools Direct’ partnership at her school.

Rachael was a subject leader for History with another ITTE provider from 2014-2018 and an associate lecturer in history education at the University of Bristol.  Rachael is currently working towards her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.  

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching

Here are just a few of our alumni who have moved their career on:

  • Head of Year - Amena Iqbal
  • Head of Humanities - Natalie Jones
  • Head of Year – Kieran Walker
  • Head of History – Kelly McElroy
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 will be £14,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or have a disability.

Some courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, trips, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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