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History (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
12 September 2023

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.


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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