About the course
The PGCE History Education course will equip you with the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to teach History in the 11-16 age range. You will explore historical arguments within a contemporary context and develop an ability to teach the subject using, for example, critical analysis and enquiry led learning. Links will be made to other humanities subjects and you will be given opportunities to study alongside trainees taking these as their subject specialisms. The north east of England has a rich historical heritage and field visits will be used to enhance your knowledge and understanding of local contexts in order to support you in your school based placements.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's. Interviews will begin in November 2018.
Interviews held within the University will be led by the academics on the course with the essential details of the day sent to you via email prior to
interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.
How school placements work
The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. On the PGCE Science with Biology course you’ll spend at least 120 days on placement.
Our Placement Team will work with you to find the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best secondary teacher you can be.
At the University students on a PGCE spend 3 days a week in their placement school, with the remaining 2 days spent in University.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.
You should also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from
You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.
In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:
•Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)
•Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)
(supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)
•Have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department for Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is helpful if you are able to take the tests before your interview with us, but this is not a requirement of applying for this course.
About the training provider
The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the north east coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong.
The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.
Education courses at the University of Sunderland give you the best career prospects in the North East (The Guardian University Guide, 2016).
With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.
• All our Primary and Secondary ITT courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS (Post Compulsory Education and Training does not award QTS)
• World-leading research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (RE F)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.
Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:
Tel: 0191 515 2952
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The Student Gateway, Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD
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