University of Chichester

Secondary History (PGCE)

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training. Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839.

Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range.

The History route is designed to equip all trainees to teach history across at Key Stages 3 and 4 and at post 16.

The subject specific element of the course will encourage trainees to become thoughtful, reflective and critical practioners who are aware of contemporary debates concerning teaching and learning History. Trainees will be given opportunities to develop skills to motivate and inspire pupils to become successful historians across the key stages.

The subject specific element of the course is delivered at our Bognor Regis Campus. The subject specific sessions are complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is also based at Bognor Regis.

Entry requirements

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.1 or above in History or in a closely related subject where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% History. This may be discussed at interview. If you are unsure about the suitability of your degree, please contact the course co-ordinator for advice.

All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths.

Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

Course modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.

Fees

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed 40 miles from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area).

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.

Qualifications

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

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