About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Secondary History programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach History to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – with Post-16 Enhancement, giving optional experience of A level History teaching.
Stimulating young minds and watching pupils grow in confidence to achieve their full potential – that’s what secondary education is all about. It can be a challenging profession, but also one of the most rewarding. Teach history and you could really set your pupils’ imaginations alight, instilling a life-long passion for History.
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about this course and School Direct at UEA
The History Department is part of a larger Humanities Department at Litcham School and we consistently achieve GCSE results that are above the National Average. History is the largest option subject within the school, with the biggest uptake at GCSE. We are a team of very experienced teachers, but also have a member of the Department who was an NQT last year, who would be able to provide advice and guidance from a new teacher’s perspective too. In the past, we have successfully mentored PGCE students to reach the highest standards.
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
- Engage in small group discussion
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
You will spend up to 120 days in school placement. On the School Direct route you will already know the Lead and partner schools in which you will have at least one of you placements when you are offered a place on the course.
The programme begins with structured observation in both secondary and primary schools in your local area.
During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you’ll gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice.
You will be assigned a mentor and will additionally have mentoring support from a member of the senior leadership team. From the beginning you will be treated as a member of staff and will be able to attend staff meetings and staff development days, if you are available. Our mentors are outstanding teachers but they have also undertaken training to develop their mentoring skills.
Throughout the programme you will attend curriculum subject training days as well as professional development training days. UEA tutors and experienced teaching staff from the partnership will deliver these training days.
For more information visit www.uea.ac.uk/education/pgce/school-direct
As well as specific training in your subject and professional training sessions, you will at the start of your training in your placement school carry out focused observation of lessons. Gradually you will progress from observing other teachers to working with small groups of pupils in a lesson and then planning and teaching your own lessons. You will receive informative guidance and constructive feedback from your tutors and mentors and you will be supported to reflect critically on what you do.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Trainees pay a course fee to study on the course. Trainees may be eligible to receive a bursary based on subject and degree level.
For further information on bursaries and scholarships, please take a look at the information on the following link:
Before submitting your application, you'll need:
- GCSE at grade C/4 or an equivalent qualification in English language and mathematics
- IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each component or equivalent qualification, if your first language is not English
Before beginning the course, you must have achieved a degree or its equivalent. As a guide, approximately 50% of the degree should be relevant to the subject you’ll teach. A degree classification of 2:2 or above is preferred in History or a closely related subject.
NB: Further degree requirements apply. Find out more within our Essential Information section
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
Applicants must also obtain:
- An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.
About the training provider
At Litcham School we have been supporting PGCE students for many years and have experienced and enthusiastic staff, who value the process of mentoring students through their first steps to becoming outstanding teachers.
In partnership with the UEA we can offer a supportive Early Years and Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 placements where students are offered a personal programme to support their development and progress their teaching skills.
Litcham School is situated about 18 miles west of Norwich and is one of only two all through schools in Norfolk. We have pupils from Reception to GCSE split across two sites. We are situated in a rural location and serve many small villages, with the secondary phase offering places to pupils from over 30 villages. The catchment area provides a mix of backgrounds. The school has close links with the other schools in the cluster and across the west of the county.
The school was inspected by Ofsted in November 2015 when we were judged to be a “good school”. The report states: “Teachers provide effective learning opportunities and engage well with pupils. Teachers plan lessons that help pupils make good progress from their individual starting points. Pupils make good progress. The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”
About the accredited body
UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Training with disabilities and other needs
At Litcham School we operate an equal opportunities policy. Individual needs are catered for and can be discussed at interview or on task day.
UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities.
All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Service
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Church Street, Litcham, King's Lynn PE32 2NS
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