About the course
Our Secondary History PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Our staff have extensive school and university teaching experience as well as school-based leadership experience. We train you to be critical and creative subject specialists, and to become educational leaders in your own right!
The History PGCE course is concerned with theoretical and practical classroom approaches to the teaching of history. This involves examining a range of appropriate learning and teaching strategies through Key Stages 3-5 in the varied classroom situations you will encounter. You will develop a rigorous understanding of when and where particular activities might be appropriate. The course is underpinned by the belief that history teaching is a stimulating, creative activity that gives pleasure to both teachers and pupils and educates young people to take a full and active role as citizens. The course draws heavily on current and recent research findings from both the Graduate School of Education and other researchers at the forefront of history education.
Taught by a team of lecturers, active researchers and practicing classroom teachers from across the south west, the course relates theory to practice in all elements of the National Curriculum and 14-19 History.
The PGCE team’s current research interests lie in the areas of history and literacy, the impact that trainee teachers’ subject knowledge has on pupils’ learning in the classroom and how to personalise learning effectively.
Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/secondary/history/#7A85FlRZmXis5gfh.99
Interviews take place at our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater, Somerset.
As part of your interview you will be asked to deliver a short presentation to a small panel of Senior Leaders. You will also be asked to prepare and deliver a 20 minute lesson in your specialist subject area. There will also be a group activity with other applicants.
You will be sent full details prior to the interview to ensure you have time to prepare and ask any questions.
How school placements work
We work with local secondary schools and an outstanding local college to provide placements that will give students a rounded, engaging and fulfilling experience. We also have opportunities available in special education across all ages including secondary and sixth form.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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
For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.
For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages
The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 degree in History or a History Joint Honours degree. The course will also consider applications from those with degrees in related subjects such as Ancient History, Archaeology, International Relations or Politics.
Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.
A passion for teaching and learning and inspiring young people.
In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.
Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
About the training provider
We are delighted to be working with the University of Exeter to offer School Direct training from our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater (https://www.haygroveschool.co.uk/)
Set in the heart of Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our training route provides a fantastic opportunity for students to study their taught PGCE programme as part of the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provision at St Luke’s Campus at the University of Exeter. The rest of the training takes place in the classroom, learning from teachers and working directly with pupils from the outset.
We work with a range of Primary, Secondary and Special schools and a local 'Outstanding' college to ensure students have as diverse as possible experience. Our schools range from urban (town) to rural (small church schools) as well as across a range of Special Schools and a highly-successful college.
About the accredited body
Exeter University are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/whychooseexeter/ofsted/) and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of ITE in the Good Teacher Training Guide (2017). Ofsted praised University of Exeter-trained teachers for their ‘high levels of professionalism; drive, resilience and an ability to manage themselves independently’; meaning our NQTs make rapid progress in their careers as new teachers and gain confidence in teaching children with a diverse range of needs. The 2017 inspection of ITE programmes praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and NQTs teaching children in the region and nationally.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
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Training provider code:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Quantock Education Trust
Quantock Teaching Alliance, Haygrove School, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 7HW
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