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.
Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least120 days (minimum 24 weeks) on school placementand 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.
Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice, helping you understand the optimum ways pupils learn. Importantly, it will also enable you to develop your own strategies to make the challenge of teaching history a satisfying and enjoyable experience.
Degree Subject History
Degree Classification 2:2
Applicants are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. A first degree in History or a related subject is required. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.
STUDENTS FOR WHOM ENGLISH IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. Other tests such as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.
To succeed on this course, you should have a good honours degree in either history, or a combined honours degree which includes some history.
You may have degree specialisms in related fields, such as politics, international relations or archaeology. Or you should be able to demonstrate that you have enough background in history to teach the National Curriculum for the subject.
It’s best if you have some knowledge of the current arrangements for teaching history in schools. You should also be up to speed with the debates surrounding the latest National Curriculum for history introduced in September 2014.
You should also have some experience of working with young people, both in and out of school. You may have experience of youth work or teaching English as a foreign language. It’s also a good start if you have worked in summer camps for young people or as a teaching assistant, mentored secondary school pupils, or undertaken observation in secondary history departments.
You’ll be joining students from varying backgrounds, so there will be a mixture of students coming straight from their first degree, and those with experience in other areas.
The way history is taught in schools has recently aroused a lot of controversy. There are many views on why and how history should be taught. Part of your training to become a history teacher will be understanding these views and engaging with them. You will learn how you want to teach history.
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