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What makes PGCE Secondary History at Worcester so special?

Unique opportunities to:

  • develop an in-depth understanding of what it means to be an outstanding history teacher
  • be supported by a dedicated and specialist history subject tutor with over 15 years teaching experience
  • receive additional expert training by external organisations, such as, the Centre for Holocaust Education, English Heritage, the Midlands History Forum, The Infirmary and Worcester Cathedral
  • access all the teaching and training resources provided by the Historical Association
  • work collaboratively with fellow trainee history teachers from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.
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 to 11-18 year-olds
  • 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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"I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career."

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate

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Scholarships and Bursaries

If you study this course you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for information on eligibility and how much funding may be available to you.

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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 Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
  • 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 

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@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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Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster events give you the opportunity to take part in taster sessions, ask questions about the course, explore our facilities and meet a selection of practising teachers. The upcoming dates are:

  • 4 February 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 17 March 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 12 May 2020, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email insiders@worc.ac.uk.

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: Citizenship - Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

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 not only allows you to develop your teaching craft but encourages you to consider how education should be delivered.

David, Trainee Teacher

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
Students doing practical group task

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.

Rachael moore

Rachael Moore

Rachael has worked as a history teacher in a mainstream secondary school in Gloucestershire for the last 16 years and has loved every minute of teaching her subject to a range of ages and abilities.  Rachael worked as mentor for trainee teachers for many years, thoroughly enjoying watching each of the trainees develop into exceptional classroom practitioners.  In school, Rachael was also training manager and managed the development of professional studies for the trainee teachers while on placement. 

Alongside her role as a classroom teacher she was also subject lead for history for the ITT partnership GITEP for a number of years. 

Rachael is a passionate historian who loves to share her love of teaching the subject with pupils and adults alike. 

 

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 and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 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 (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £13,700 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.

Most 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, 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, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application. 

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office