PGCE Secondary: History specialism

You will be trained to teach pupils aged 11 - 18.

The PGCE History course at Roehampton is based on a successful partnership with local schools, where experienced mentors join university tutors in teaching the programme. The course sets out to give you a sense of the place of history in a multicultural society. It also equips you to teach across secondary and to foster learning across the wide spectrum of abilities found in local schools. You will enter into the lively debates surrounding history teaching and the place of history in the whole school curriculum, including history’s contribution to literacy and citizenship.

The course is an active and demanding combination of teaching and learning methods, including simulations of classroom activities, individual tutorials and group sessions. You are encouraged to share your own expertise and experience. We take advantage of developments in e learning to stay in touch during placements, to encourage collaborative and creative teaching, and to promote reflective and effective practice. Written assignments give you the opportunity to explore the most recent developments in research into teaching and learning, while building upon your grounding in history at undergraduate or masters level.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an approved degree in history or in a closely related subject that has a large percentage of history content (at least 50%). Early application is advisable. Applicants are encouraged to gain some familiarity with schools through work experience or observation, prior to interview, where possible. Interviews will include written and practical tasks related to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 in History. 

Further information

Please email the subject leader Ali Messer or phone her on 020 8392 3106. For general information please contact the Enquiries Office on 020 8392 3232.