St Mary's University, Twickenham
History (3CQJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
Website
http://www.stmarys.ac.uk

About the course

The PGCE Secondary History course is designed to help you become a history teacher who will ‘inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’ (DfE 2013) It will provide you with a PGCE (including 60 credits at Masters level) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The course combines an understanding of the place of history in society and the school curriculum, with an emphasis on subject knowledge development through sharing good practice. You will learn how history pedagogy underpins your classroom practice - in the decisions you make about teaching and learning.

The course prepares you to teach history at key stages 3 and 4 in contrasting schools, with opportunities for you to explore provision at key stage 5 and key stage 2. At least 120 days are school-based on two contrasting placements with our partnership schools under the guidance of experienced mentors. The university tutor and link tutors work closely with you and your mentor whilst you are on school placement offering a dual model of support.

It is an engaging and robust programme covering all aspects of history pedagogy, including debate on teaching the very recent past. Subject specific sessions follow a seminar based approach where you will have the opportunity to model your own practice and experiences. Time is given for reflection, discussion and evaluation of shared teaching strategies, and trialling of teaching activities within the group.

Furthermore, the course considers current research in history education to support you in school. We welcome experienced visiting speakers on a variety of diverse and important issues such as teaching emotive and controversial history. The course fosters a collaborative approach with local schools and links with external history organisations such as Strawberry Hill House, the National Archives and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

A key component of the course is to help you develop skills to become an effective reflective practitioner; and is developed through the university assignments and teaching practice.

Assessment is completed through formative and summative assignments in university, and through an assessment profile on school placement which measures your progression against the Teachers’ Standards. In addition you will complete a portfolio of evidence to exemplify your best practice and which complements the assessment profile.

St. Mary's University has been graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted for the Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Some course details are available via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-history/

Come and meet us - https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/open-events/upcoming.aspx

Interview process

Once we are confident you have met the course entry requirements, we carefully examine your personal statement. This is your opportunity to convince us that you have seriously thought through your journey into teaching in terms of motivation and a genuine understanding of what being a teacher really means.

You will almost certainly find it helpful to refer to prior learning and classroom experiences and reflect on the implication of what you saw, heard or experienced.

Within your statement, it is often helpful to connect your prior academic and/or work experiences to the skills and attitudes required for teaching.

On the interview day - we want to get to know you a little better and for you to get to know us.

The components that make up the day include : -

  • English writing activity
  • Subject knowledge assessment
  • Small group discussion activity
  • 3 minute presentation justify why your subject is part of the curriculum
  • Interview

The Admissions Tutor will host the day and explain the structure of the course, school placements, the Enhancement placement, Masters Modules and assessments.

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you to become an outstanding teacher of children.

How school placements work

St. Mary's University is in partnership with over 150 schools - many of our trainees go on to become NQT's in these partner schools.

You will gain experience in TWO different school settings through the course. You will be school-based for a minimum of 120 days.

We take into account your personal accommodation postcode when looking at placements. Students with declared disabilities will have these taken into account when allocating school placements.

Across your training you will have experience of working in Key Stage 3 and 4. There is usually the opportunity to experience post 16.

An experienced teacher acts as mentor during the school placement and contributes to your overall assessment as a new teacher.

We have the strongest commitment to student teacher support, regularly visiting student teachers in school over the duration of the course to quality assure the placements.

We see tutors retaining contact with student teachers while they are school-based, away from University as a major factor in our support success. The consistent support available for students has been recognised by Ofsted in 2011 and again in 2019 as outstanding.

Fees

The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £12,730

Home/EU Tuition Fee of £9250 is subject to change based on approved Fee changes.

For further details - please visit the University website pages on Fees and Student Finance:

(https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-finance/postgraduate/tuition-fees.aspx)

Financial support

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

St. Mary's University Alumni are able to receive a discount on the PGCE Tuition fee:

(https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-finance/postgraduate/alumni-discount.aspx)

International students may be able to apply for a St. Mary's University International Scholarship: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/international/why/scholarships.aspx)

Requirements

Qualifications

GCSEs or their standard equivalent:

GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in Mathematics and English

If you do not meet the above entry requirements - we are able to offer candidates the opportunity to sit the St. Mary's University GCSE Equivalency Test, but we do not accept Equivalency Tests from any other organisation.

Degree requirement (or equivalent qualification) :

2:2 degree classification and above will allow you to access the government bursary.

Demonstrate that you have made a fully informed decision

Further details of entry requirements: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-science/

Personal qualities

During the interview and selection process, you will take part in a variety of tasks that will allow you to evidence that you have thought carefully about your motives for becoming a teacher and can demonstrate that you have some emerging capability to reflect on what being a teacher means.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, working with and supporting children and an understanding of the resilience needed for teaching.

Other requirements

School observation

At St Mary's University, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning, can be really insightful and informative.

DBS check

Successful completion of a physical and mental fitness to teach and a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required for teacher training.

About the training provider

St. Mary's University is graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary teacher training. We would love to meet you!.

For further details: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/become-a-teacher.aspx )

Where to find us: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx)

Student Life: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-life/overview.aspx)

Teaching students at St Mary's have very high employment statistics, with many securing jobs in in our partnership schools.

Student feedback and our recent Ofsted report regularly highlights the quality of the pastoral care provided through their training programmes and the support offered by partner schools.

St. Mary's University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham - a leafy part of Greater London (5 minute walk from Strawberry Hill mainline from London Waterloo) and good local bus links for other central London connections.

Public Transport: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx

We have recently celebrated 165 years in Education in south west London. St Mary's is London's second largest teacher training course provider, with a significant proportion of our 6,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary initial teacher training courses.

Key Facts

Close partnership between the University and partner schools in all aspects of the course

Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom

Bespoke personal tutor support

Strong focus on subject knowledge development

Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL

High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers

Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond

Ongoing Masters study opportunities at discounted rates

Training with disabilities and other needs

St. Mary's University has a fully supportive and well-resourced Student

Wellbeing service to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.

At interview, we encourage candidates to disclose any additional needs requiring support so that early support can be in place for the PGCE course.

For further information on Disability Access: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)

Contact details

Email
Apply@stmarys.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8240 2367
Website
http://www.stmarys.ac.uk
Address
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill, Twickenham
Richmond upon Thames
London
TW1 4SX

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: S64
  • Training programme code: 3CQJ

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Location Vacancies Code
St Mary's University, Twickenham, London
St Mary's University, Twickenham TW1 4SX
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