Manchester Metropolitan University

Secondary History with QTS (School Direct)

The Faculty has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 secondary specialisms available.  We have a well-established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Our PGCE History encourages a thoughtful, reflective and critical approach to the teaching of history in the secondary school. Devised jointly by history education specialists at Manchester Metropolitan University and history mentors in school, it reflects both changes and debates at a national level.

Practising history teachers make valuable contributions to university sessions. Subject pedagogy focuses on a reconeptualisation of subject knowledge understanding around subject content, key concepts and skills. There is an important emphasis upon an inclusive approach to teaching,including plus attention to gender, ethnic and cultural diversity. There is also attention to e-learning.

A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study.  Trainees are supported throughout by placement mentors.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Entry requirements

Degree
Successful applicants will usually hold an undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. A minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in a relevant subject such as History, Modern History, Ancient History, Egyptology, Military History, Archeology. At least 50% of your degree needs to be relevant to History.

For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.  We would normally expect you to have completed at least 2-weeks experience in a UK Secondary school in the relevant subject department.

GCSE
You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics at the point of application.

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

There is an emphasis upon the quality of pupils' learning. Your practical experience and application are given depth and coherence through a consideration of theoretical and educational issues, to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the school context, the pupil and the secondary classroom.

You will have opportunities to develop:

  • The ability to devise and implement programmes of study, lessons and activities which are appropriate to the needs of pupils learning history
  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature of history and rationale for teaching and learning of history within the secondary school context
  • Knowledge and understanding of the content of the secondary school history curriculum, including aims and objectives of teaching history (key stage 3, key stage 4 and post-16)
  • The ability to employ a wide range of imaginative and appropriate teaching styles across the 11-18 age range, allowing for a variety of learning styles and experiences
  • The ability to communicate effectively with all pupils and to recognise the significance of language as the prime medium for learning in the history classroom
  • You will develop awareness of the need to contribute to pupils' personal, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development

Assessment methods

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments.  Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile.  Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

Fees

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the students term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Students are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. If you are applying through the School Direct route, the lead school will take responsibility for arranging all practice credit units including placement experiences. You should expect some travel to other schools e.g. for your second placement. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs /You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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