UWE Bristol

Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary ITE History with QTS Distance Learning

Our PGCE Online Distance Learning courses enable graduates to train and qualify as teachers while studying remotely. Study your chosen course over one year full-time or two years part-time, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around your other commitments.

UWE Bristol is committed to training the best teachers for the future, able to provide first-class educational experiences and make a significant difference to children's lives. We'll train you to do so in partnership with your schools or educational settings.

Teaching is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career, with a high level of job satisfaction. It's a great privilege, as well as a great responsibility, to be able to influence and shape the progress of children and young people.  All children deserve to learn well, with enthusiastic specialist teachers.

To undertake the course, you must be in a role, or secure a role, in a school. This will enable you to undertake the required teaching practice specified by the Department for Education (DfE), which must be agreed by UWE Bristol before starting the course.

Your teaching practice will need to include some time spent in an alternative placement school, ensuring you'll gain a variety of teaching experience.  The schools involved will need to support your engagement with and progression through the course.

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of history.  The online PGCE Secondary programme has been designed to train teachers to practise as a subject specialist teacher for the secondary age range (11-16). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) across the age range. Trainees will also often gain experience of the 16-18 age range, although they won't be formally assessed in this phase.

Do you believe that studying History is central to the broad and balanced education of any young person?  We do too, and we're looking for people with a passion for the subject and are keen to share their knowledge in a lively and engaging manner.  The course is active and practical, allowing trainees to develop their professional competence through work undertaken online and in schools. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The course will kickstart your continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

Entry Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification, with at least 50% in a subject related to what you want to teach. This is typically 2:2 or higher but we will look at all applications against the demands of the course.
  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.

Career Prospects

PGCE courses include 60 credits assessed at master's level, which you can use to contribute towards a master's degree.

As a trainee teacher, you'll be joining a modern and well-regarded course to train to teach across your chosen age range and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course Details

The PGCE Online Distance Learning courses are part of the Department of Education and Childhood, within the Initial Teacher Education cluster.

Our PGCE programmes are very popular, so the standard of applicants is high. As a trainee teacher, you'll usually complete at least 120 days on placement practice in a minimum of two contrasting schools. During this time, you'll be expected to demonstrate effective progress in your own practice and have a positive impact on pupil progress over time.

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