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What will I learn?

Course description

PGCE Secondary (History) will train you to teach secondary history in the UK across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range, including the National Curriculum, GCSE and A-level.

Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).

Tutors and mentors will help you to transform your subject knowledge into teaching skills and educational theory into practice.

University tutors have substantial experience of teaching and of examining at a senior level for GCSE and AS/A level. Experienced teachers from our partnership schools complement teaching, including sessions led by subject mentors, who will help you develop your subject knowledge and provide advice about teaching methods.

University-based sessions will give you creative and innovative ideas to take into the classroom.

Aims

You will:

spend approximately two-thirds of your time in schools and colleges developing your practical teaching skills;
be assigned a mentor, who will help you plan lessons and develop marking and assessment skills;
observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Career opportunities

Completing a PGCE is one route to becoming a fully qualified teacher. This form of teacher training is recommended for anyone with an undergraduate degree who is looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You need QTS to teach in a state-maintained or special school in England and Wales. Whilst other routes to gain QTS exist, they do not all come with the postgraduate qualification of a PGCE. A PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally.

When you study a PGCE with us, we help you prepare for a successful career in education. You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high.

In addition to this, a PGCE qualification can count as 60 of the 180 credits required for a Master's degree, and The University of Manchester offers a range of postgraduate Education courses should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a Master's as you progress further in your career.

Which department am I in?

School of Environment, Education and Development

Study options

Full Time (10 months)

Tuition fees
£20,000.00 (20,60,936) Overall cost
The fees quoted will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2021

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in history or a related subject. 104 UCAS points including a B in history or a related subject at A-level (or equivalent). Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics. In addition to a grade C at GCSE in English Language, applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet the following language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0, or TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, or Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections, or Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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