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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    St Mary's University, Twickenham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our PGCE History course combines understanding of the place of history in society and the school curriculum, with pedagogy on all aspects of history teaching.

  • Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits
  • The university has partnerships with local schools for trainees to engage in history specific pedagogical and training sessions.
  • Links with history organisations at local and national level such as Hampton Court Palace, The National Archives and the Holocaust Educational Trust including workshops led by an education officer.
  • Students will be supported by an experienced course tutor with twenty years of teaching experience who is actively involved in the Historical Association.
  • Former trainees return to university to deliver seminars in which they share their experiences of their training, their NQT year or on specific areas of history pedagogy.

Why study Secondary History?

The History course aims to prepare you with the skills needed to teach this dynamic and exciting subject. In addition, the course explores current debates and research in history education to support you in your school placements. Links are made between history and literacy, history and citizenship and history and media.

Wide use is made of local history and the historic surroundings in South West London, including Strawberry Hill House, which is found on our campus. You are assessed on your ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, but opportunities for A Level teaching are also included in the programme as appropriate.

Why St Mary's?

The programme covers all aspects of history teaching and learning, with an emphasis on an active approach using practical activities and strategies for use in the classroom. Key features include a focus on the use of primary sources and effective planning for the whole ability range to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress.

Our experienced history tutor works in close partnership with you, the PGCE Secondary team and the placement schools.

If you wish to study for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies you will be able to complete several of the modules during your PGCE year. This certificate is often a requirement for teaching in a Catholic school.

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Our PGCE programmes include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Master’s degree credits. 120 days of the programme are spent in two assessed school placements that our School Partnership team will arrange for you, based on your home residential address.

Assessment methods

Trainees are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status by successfully meeting the Teachers’ Standards (DfE). Continuous assessment throughout the programme will determine success.

Master's level assignments complement the work in schools and assist in meeting the Teachers’ Standards. These assignments aim to encourage you to be thoughtful and reflective, but also reinforce the evidence-based nature of the course assessment.

Career opportunities

On the programme you will study two Master's' modules leading to 60 credits at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to further your postgraduate studies in your career as these credits are transferable.

At the end of the PGCE course, you will have the opportunity to complete a three-week placement in a special education setting. This is highly valued by trainee teachers to broaden their understanding of specific learning needs for some learners.

Most PG courses start 5th October.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,730per year

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

University information

St Mary's University, Twickenham

  • University League Table

    107th

  • Campus address

    St Mary's University, Twickenham, St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Hounslow, TW1 4SX, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    43rd out of 81 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    111 56%

    63rd

    22
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    89 89%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    21st

    12

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