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PGCE History

Teach the students of tomorrow about the people of the past

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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This course will prepare you to be a successful teacher of secondary school history.

Introduce your students to major events and developments of the past, help them to become critical thinkers and develop their understanding of our society.

Work with a large partnership of specialists to develop into an effective history teacher. Learn how to enthuse your students about big concepts and events through the discipline of history, allowing them to widen their understanding of how we construct our past.

Choosing your path

You can choose to study this course as a University of York PGCE trainee or through one of our School Direct routes in partnership with one of the following teaching alliances:

School Direct trainees work with University of York PGCE trainees at the University for most Curriculum Area History sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are usually delivered in your partner schools.

Each route has a different UCAS and institution code. Please see our information on applying for details.

Accreditation

On successfully completing this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Rated good by Ofsted

In its most recent evaluation, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) awarded our PGCE programme a Grade 2: Good.

The PGCE gave me a good grounding in theory and the space to discuss and reflect on this as well as lots of time in classrooms to start the process of developing my practice. This theoretical background has proven hugely useful for my current role as Head of Department when I am planning CPD for colleagues and making curriculum decisions.
Hugh, PGCE History student

Course content

The York PGCE is designed to ensure that your study at the University and your practical experience in schools work together to help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to be a successful teacher. 

Throughout the course, you’ll develop and consolidate your understanding of what constitutes effective teaching.

You’ll spend two thirds of your learning time in school settings, with the rest of your time spent at the University receiving training. While on placement, you'll receive ongoing support from your tutors when they visit you in school to observe you teach and scrutinise your teaching files. 

As a PGCE History student, you'll benefit from our close partnership with staff in local museums and schools. Teachers from local schools regularly lead workshops grounded in up-to-date practice. 

This course is worth 60 Masters-level credits, which you can put towards a Masters degree through Accreditation of Prior Credited Learning (APCL).

Placements

Over the course of your two main placements you’ll have the opportunity to work with different age groups (including gaining some post-16 experience), with different abilities and with students of varying dispositions. You’ll experience a variety of schools and subject departments.

You’ll experience the pastoral side of each school through active involvement with a tutor group. You will be able to engage with the wider life of each school by participating in school trips, parents’ evenings, open evenings, events such as school concerts and lunchtime/after school clubs.

First placement

  • Observation
    Early in the Autumn Term, you'll undertake a number of observations both within you subject specialism and more widely. You may also get the opportunity to teach a small number of lesson segements. 
  • Period 1
    Towards the end of Autumn Term, you’ll teach approximately 8-12 lessons over the course of about five weeks.
  • Period 2
    At the beginning of Spring Term, you’ll teach 10-12 one hour lessons per week. This is about 50% of an average teacher’s timetable.

Second placement

At the beginning of your second placement, you’ll carry on teaching about 50% of an average teacher’s timetable. Towards the end of the placement, you might be given the opportunity to take on additional teaching, up to 75% of a teacher’s timetable.

Additional placements

  • Primary 
    In addition to the two teaching placements in contrasting secondary schools, you will also participate in a primary placement which will develop your understanding of primary and secondary transition issues.
  • Professional enrichment 
    Towards the end of your course, you'll participate in an additional two-week placement which will give you experience of areas you haven't already worked in. This could mean taking part in exciting and relevant curriculum-based projects in schools, or gaining experience of non-mainstream education settings such as Pupil Referral Units or schools for young people with additional needs. 

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)
York's tuition fees for 2019/20 entry are £9,250 per year for UK/EU students (including Channel Islands and Isle of Man residents). Further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
£9,250£17,370

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

You will be expected to arrange your own transport to and from placements. The cost of this will vary depending on the location of your placements and your personal situation. We'll make every effort to place you in a school that you are able to travel to easily.

Successful applicants must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check. The fee for this is £44.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Teaching bursaries

You may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). 

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

I have total confidence in those training me, due to their expertise, unbelievable commitment to us and an outstanding success rate. I couldn't imagine studying anywhere else
Ashleigh, PGCE student

Read more about Ashleigh's experience.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of your learning will come from workshops, seminars and school and classroom activities.

Trainees come to the course with a range of qualifications, employment backgrounds and interests. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to work collaboratively; sharing your experience, knowledge and technical expertise. Activities emphasise teamwork and require you to share the responsibility for your learning.

Throughout the course, you will be guided by mentors in your placement schools and supported by your university tutors. 

Teaching location

The Department of Education is located in Derwent College, on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place nearby. School placements take place across the region. We take many factors into consideration when allocating placements and will work with you to ensure you can get to your placement safely and easily. 

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll complete three academic assignments:

  • Lesson observation
    You'll critically evaluate the observations you have undertaken during the serial visits to your first placement school. 
  • Evaluation of Teaching and Learning
    You'll evaluate your early teaching by analysing some of the work pupils have produced in the lessons you have planned and delivered. 
  • In-depth Focus Study
    This is a small-scale piece of classroom based research. This is an opportunity for you to pursue an individual professional interest by investigating a particular aspect of what it means to teach your subject effectively.

The primary aim of the course is to enable you to meet, and ideally exceed, the Teachers’ Standards and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will also be awarded a PGCE from the University of York at Masters level.

Careers and skills

Most of our graduates become teachers, but the skills you learn will open other career paths too.

Career opportunities

  • Careers adviser
  • Child psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Family support worker
  • Museum education officer
  • Play therapist
  • Youth worker

Transferable skills

  • Ability to articulate complex ideas
  • Learning/teaching methods and strategies
  • Managing time and setting priorities
  • Assimilate, analyse, and evaluate complex information
  • Computer literacy for teaching and learning
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  • Presentation and communication skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
GCSEs Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Mathematics.
Degree

An honours degree in history or a related subject at 2:2 or above. We also accept combined honours degrees where history or a related subject makes up at least 50% of the award.

Professional skills test

The Department for Education requires a pass in professional skills tests, in addition to GCSEs in English and Maths. It is in your best interests to book and pass the skills tests as soon as possible.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are between 8 and 28 weeks long, and are ideal for developing your subject knowedge and improving your confidence. Some courses are available to complete online, others through distance learning or face-to-face.

We may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of your offer. If so, the course will be fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any additional fees. You may be entitled to bursaries while you complete the course.​

Medical evaluation

Before starting your course we'll ask you to complete a medical declaration, to ensure your fitness to teach and to allow us to better support you during your course.

Declaration of criminal convictions

We will ask you to complete a declaration regarding any criminal convictions. Criminal convictions are not usually a bar to entry, but failure to disclose them can be grounds for dismissal. You must get clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to join the course. If we offer you a place we'll let you know how to apply for a DBS enhanced check, for which there is a fee of £44.

Interview

If we're thinking about offering you a place, we'll invite you to an interview. These normally involve tasks such as a short presentation, group activities and a written test as well as a personal interview.

Although it is not a pre-requisite for application, you are strongly encouraged to have completed a minimum of two days observing in a school prior to interview.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Each route has a different UCAS and institution code. 

  • University of York Y50
    UCAS 363B 
  • Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance 1VU
    UCAS 2FFY 
  • Yorkshire Teaching School Alliance 15X
    UCAS 2WFP
  • Diocese of Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance 2KH
    UCAS 39MP

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