PGCE Secondary History with QTS

PGCE History Greek History

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher.  Creativity, innovation, critical reflection, academic rigour and professionalism are key attributes which we highly regard, foster and expect from you if you were accepted onto our course.

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.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X5Z
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Scholarships and Bursaries

SWW Centre of Teacher Education
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Language Choice:
English   Welsh

  • I did work experience in accountancy and realised that I enjoy practical hands-on work that keeps you on your feet. I enjoy the feeling of teaching someone something and the moment they get it which gives you a kick. It’s fulfilling. Everything that has ever happened − in science, economics, social studies, anthropology, politics and so on − history covers it all and challenges you mentally.

    Alicia Tse

  • I wanted to use my degree in history everyday and convey my enjoyment of history to others. In school history was a subject that I could relate to. It touches everything, so there is something to inspire everyone.

    Lewis Gallent

  • I wanted to use my degree and work in a field I am interested in. The current world we live in related to history and that’s why we are here. It is also interesting that history repeats itself in different ways and we constantly learn from it. The course has been great; we are constantly challenged and every day I feel we have moved up.

    Kieran Barclay

  • I have been driven to teach since I was 15 and I was inspired by a history teacher. The lessons were engaging and never boring – I never left the class without learning something.

    Conor Clement

  • I have been out of university for nine years managing a charity and realised it was now or never. I liked the look of the PGCE course and how it was set out. I am very happy I made this choice, I’m settled and learn a lot every day.

    Tom Clark

  • For 17 years I ran a business giving history and educational tours as a guide for Planet Wales. I have an interest in history and read a lot for pleasure. With so much enthusiasm it is easy to teach it.

    Bill O’Keefe

  • History was the only subject I enjoyed in school. My teacher was really inspiring, supportive, knowledgeable and down to earth. He was the best teacher in the school and it is because of him I am now training to teach.

    Katie Ray

  • History is awesome. Historical television documentaries are awesome. From the gun powder plots to going back to the Victorian classroom. I love how shocking history was – when we visited a Victorian classroom my friend was left-handed and we all called him a witch. I have been fascinated ever since.

    Jodie Chilcott

  • ECSP6001: Principle of teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in the Secondary sector.
  • ECSP7001: Investigating contemporary issues in Secondary education.
  • ECSP7002: Curriculum Development and Enhancement.
  • ECSP6002: Professional Teaching Experience with QTS.
  • High quality new and well established staff with recent and relevant experience of secondary school provision.
  • English and Welsh medium student provision.
  • We are geographically well placed to serve the whole of South Wales.
  • Our programme is the largest provider of Secondary PGCE training in Wales.
  • Long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and very experienced school /college mentors.
  • Excellent subject and ICT resources available for students.
  • Post-course CPD opportunities.
  • We have the best employment rate throughout Wales.

David Stacey 


As a postgraduate academic course, the PGCE is assessed through two main components: there are four written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience includes thorough assessment of practical teaching skills.

The written assignments are based around realistic professional teaching tasks which seek to integrate preparation, research and inquiry.

You will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin:
Tel: 01792 482111

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are generally expected.  The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in one of the subject areas offered by the programme or in a strongly cognate discipline.   A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as Btec advanced will also be taken into account.  Details of particular subject entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the tutors named below.

If accepted onto our course, you will be required to obtain a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly known as CRB, Criminal Records Bureau) clearance check as soon as possible.

If you were called to interview, it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school in order that you begin to realise what it means to be a classroom teacher and understand the demands that would face you in your chosen career.

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme.

The usual entry requirement for this course is a good first History degree or Joint Honours degree in History. The course will also consider applications from those with degrees in related subjects such as Ancient History, Archaeology, International Relations or Politics, etc, where combined with a good grade in A-level history or substantial, relevant and broad historical experience and understanding can be demonstrated; Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced disclosure is required. The admissions process includes skills testing, delivery of a short teaching episode and an interview.  

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE History graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: Ysgol Dewi Sant (Pembrokeshire), Ysgol Gyfun Ystalafera (Ystalafera), John Kyrle High School (Ross-on-wye), Saint David's Catholic College (Cardiff), Pencoed Comprehensive School, (Bridgend), Ash Manor School (Surrey), Ysgol Friars (Bangor), Amesbury School (Surrey) and Ormiston Chadwich Academy (Widness). 

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test. You might also be asked to undertake: a presentation related to your subject area, group discussion, an extended writing exercise, a formal interview with a subject tutor and school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject.