The History PGCE course prepares you to become an effective teacher of History. It encourages you to work professionally and creatively in building upon the links between your work as History teachers and the development of pupils’ social understanding.  The course integrates theory and practice both on school placements and in university sessions.  It is taught by tutors with recent and current school experience and by staff with expertise in professional development and cutting edge research. Teachers from local schools regularly lead workshops which are grounded in up to date practice. Our History programme also enjoys good relationships with staff in local York Museums and other sites of historic importance.  All aspects of your training are focused around supporting you to meet the Teachers’ Standards. 

I have loved this course and feel very highly trained and prepared for the year ahead.

History trainee

As the course progresses, you will learn how to plan lessons and design activities to promote a range of historical skills such as enquiry, interpretation and source analysis. We investigate key issues for teachers such as progression, differentiation and assessment.  Sessions at University are closely linked to a programme of classroom experience in our Partnership schools; you will be introduced to citizenship, literacy, ICT, assessment for learning and thinking skills.

Want to apply?

Applications are welcomed from those with single subject History degrees and those who have studied a significant amount of History together with other subjects at undergraduate level.

We welcome applications from all people, whatever their background, who have a good History or related degree, have experience of working with young people, particularly in classroom contexts, and who already have a strong interest in education.

History UCAS codes

The Pathfinder Alliance (1VU) 2FFY

Diocese of Middlesbrough TSA (2KH) 39MN

Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance (15X) 2WFP

Core (Y50) 363B

Contact us

For enquiries and further information:

Helen Snelson