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History (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a qualified history teacher on this PGCE Secondary course at the University of Southampton. You’ll spend your time on school placements and at the University as you learn how to work with secondary-school pupils of all ages and abilities. You’ll qualify to work as a teacher in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

On this Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course you’ll learn how to teach history at secondary-school level (Key Stages 3 and 4) within the UK’s History National Curriculum framework. 

You’ll develop:  

  • a strong grasp of the most effective teaching approaches 
  • the enthusiasm to help pupils understand and enjoy the subject 
  • subject knowledge and understanding of historical concepts and processes 

You’ll also learn how to: 

  • manage the classroom 
  • monitor and assess pupils 
  • teach for equality and inclusion 

You'll spend two-thirds of your time in placement schools in the Southampton area, giving you the chance to experience lesson observation, team teaching, and working with small groups and whole classes. 

University-based work will prepare you for your placements, evaluate your school-based work, and develop subject-specific skills and good practice.

Course lead

Your course leader is Rachele Morse, programme director for PGCE Secondary. Rachele taught in secondary schools for 12 years before joining Southampton’s Initial Teacher Education team. Her areas of interest include mentoring and coaching of early career teachers and the development of pupils’ learning and thinking skills. Read Rachele’s staff profile to find out more about her work.


This course is accredited by:

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Department for Education

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.