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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    10 months

Course summary

Our PGCE Secondary Education with History addresses all aspects of secondary history education, and enables you to benefit from tutors whose research directly informs course content.

This Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Secondary History course 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 love of 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
  • how to make big decisions about which period of history to teach and when to teach it. In order to do this, the history tutors team work closely with mentors in schools, including school visits and training to ensure our high professional standards are maintained.

On this programme we collaborate with the Department of History at Whiteknights campus. Throughout the year, a range of historians give sessions to help trainees engage with the academic discipline while bringing the contemporary historical discourse into the classroom. In recent years, these historians have included Dr Jacqui Turner, Prof. Lindy Grant, Dr Richard Blakemore and Prof. Rebecca Rist.


The majority of our graduates go into schools and inspire children to develop into happy, confident and well-informed individuals. Other alumni take their educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.

The support and training we give our students enables them to develop into resilient and creative teachers with the ability to adapt. The transferable skills and strengths they gain are also recognised outside of education, and are therefore desirable in many different areas of employment.

The placement opportunities and careers support we give our students ensures they are attractive to employers. This is qualified by the consistently high employment rates our students enjoy in local and regional schools.

Application deadline

01 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,100per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 81 1

    55th out of 93 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    130 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86 86%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    120 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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