St Luke's is unlike any other University campus. After studying at Exeter as an undergraduate, it was natural to carry on the amazing experience and when combined with the outstanding course it made the choice easy!
The splitting up of the terms, into course and placement, gives a clear focus in the training, allowing you to build friendships that are invaluable in supporting you throughout the year. The masters-level credits enable you to gain a deeper understanding of education, which helps development in the classroom.
Sarah Smith, PGCE Secondary History
PGCE Secondary with History
UCAS code: V1X1
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.
|Term 1||Term 1 begins with two weeks of observation (preliminary school experience). This leads into the University based course which focuses on professional development, specialist subject knowledge, pedagogy and teaching skills.
Two weeks of this term will be spent in your first placement school as part of the Beginning Practice phase of your training.
|Term 2||Term 2 is spent in your first school placement with three seminar days held at the University.
At the end of the term, you visit your second school placement for a short induction period.
|Term 3||Term 3 is spent in your second school placement with two seminar days held at the University.|
We are leaders in Initial Teacher Education. Our unique approach to teaching PGCE is praised by OFSTED and cited as an example of best practice.
We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training.
By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements.
Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.
During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.
You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.
How am I assessed?
Through University and school-based assignments. There are no formal exams.
Students are also required to pass the Government's numeracy and literacy tests prior to the course.
The programme has three fully integrated components:
The Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles within a range of educational contexts. The module is followed throughout the year with both University and school-based elements and is concerned with classroom issues, whole school issues and the role of education in the wider society.
Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the standards of professional competence which trainees must demonstrate in order to meet national standards for the award of QTS.
The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of History in the secondary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status. In addition, the module seeks to nurture reflective and autonomous professional practitioners who are able to identify strengths and areas for development in their subject knowledge and pedagogy, through evaluating current professional practice in relationship to developments in research and curriculum theory.
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.
While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
We advise applicants to gain some school-based experience prior to application but this is not essential. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is 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.
All applications for entry to our PGCE programmes must be made through UCAS Teacher Training and application forms are available online through the UCAS website. UCAS is now open for 2019 entry applications. Please be aware that you will need to make a note of the UCAS code for the programme you want to apply to, which can be found at the top of this page, as you will need to input this into UCAS to find the application form.
An academic reference is required from any institution of Higher Education that you have attended within the last five years. Please note: if an academic reference is not submitted then this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.
For further details on the application process, please see our Interview Policy.
We recommend you:
- apply as early as possible;
- choose your referees early and explain to them that a promptly returned UCAS Teacher Training reference could make all the difference;
- practice the Professional Skills Tests early (see sta.education.gov.uk); use support materials if you need to improve your performance and use one of your three chances to take each test early, to strengthen your candidacy. You can access the practice tests before you apply, but you can’t take the actual tests until you have applied.
We do not consider requests for deferred entry either at application stage or after an offer has been made. Any applicant who can no longer take up a place offered to them will need to reapply in the following year and will need to go through the full interview process again.
Applicants who will be overseas during the recruitment cycle
If you will be outside the UK during the recruitment cycle for your proposed year of entry, you should make contact with the Admissions Office to discuss this.
- All our tutors have real-world experience as teachers, senior managers or OFSTED inspectors. They also lead and innovate, developing the latest ideas in teacher education, leading research, writing textbooks, leading subject networks and advising government.
- Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond.
Bryan Smith has considerable experience teaching History in Secondary schools in the South West and has also taught on the Teacher Development Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme, supporting teachers in developing their skills. His research interests are in pupils’ writing in History.
Course tutors are drawn from a variety of backgrounds including current and former Leaders of History Departments.
2019/20 tuition fees
- UK/EU: £9,250 full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: £9,250 full-time
- International: £17,600 full-time
A variety of attractive financial support packages are available. Find out more here.
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