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This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach History in secondary schools. Leeds Trinity University offers Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of subject areas. Students are registered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (FHEQ Level 7), and are recommended for the award of QTS to the DfE/NCTL.

The course blends high-quality subject input at university with two extended placements in schools. You will be in schools from the third week in September and will benefit from bespoke support from an experienced school-based tutor as well as from your university course tutor.

Leeds Trinity University has a UK-wide reputation for rigorous and thorough teacher training at the cutting edge of history education in the UK. Your access to national expertise during your PGCE year is unparalleled: termly Historical Association forums; working with SHP fellows and regional advisors; attendance at the annual SHP conference at the end of your PGCE year; and PGCE history tutors who are nationally regarded for their work in the field of history education as well as initial teacher education: 100% of the 2016-17 PGCE cohort secured jobs for September 2016.

Course Benefits

  • The secondary programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase.
  • Leeds Trinity University is a national centre for history education, and has served as the base for several curriculum development projects and initiatives in history including the Northern History Forum, the Schools History Project, and Computers in the Curriculum (history).
  • The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is based here, and we are contracted to United States National Academy of Sciences to investigate discipline based learning in history.
  • Completion rates on our PGCE History course are high, and employment rates for our graduates is well above the national average.
  • Feedback from employing schools about our newly qualified teachers is very positive and many trainees go on to positions of responsibility within five years of qualifying.
  • The course qualifies you to teach History at 11–16 with some post-16 enhancement, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Taught university training is provided by subject experts with recent classroom experience. University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher, and can provide a vital link to current educational thinking and research.

The employment rate of our students is extremely high and graduates have readily obtained teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.

When you come to the University for your PGCE History training, you enter the professional family of history teaching from the moment you begin your studies. Many of our graduates go on to be employed in schools in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, and many return to complete their Masters level study, specialising in history education specific research.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.

During each Stage your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focused written assignments. Your progress against the Teachers’ Standards will be assessed by observing your impact on pupils’ progress as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking. Your self-review and attendance at training activities will support your development.

This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​

During Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focussed written assignments.

During Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the Teachers’ s​tandards will be assessed by observing your performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking. Your self review and attendance at training activities will support your development.

  • A good honours degree (2ii or above and preferably single honours) with a significant proportion of History.​
  • GCSE Grade C (or accepted equivalent) English and Mathematics. We offer our GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications.
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
  • Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher.
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English, and to have passed the DFE Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. Find out more on the STA Education website.
  • The capacity to meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.
NB. Applicants whose first degree is not in single honours History (but in a related subject or in joint honours with History) will normally be expected to have at least grade B in A level History, and a 2i degree.

In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have:
  • Grade B or above at Advanced Level (A Level) History
  • Grade B or above in GCSE History
  • A firm understanding of the nature, logic and methodology of History as a discipline with ability to analyse and discuss key historical concepts as well as preferred eras or periods of interest.
  • Ability to fluently move between eras, periods, themes, countries and continents with aptly cited historical knowledge.
  • Experience of observing or assisting in the teaching of History in a secondary school in this country.
An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and a satisfactory medical. If you are offered a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.
Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​​​​

UK & EU Students:

​​Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,250 in 2017–18. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. ​

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.   

English and EU students can apply and find out more information at This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
Alex Ford

Alex Ford

I’m Alex Ford and I am the lead tutor on the PGCE History course at Leeds Trinity University and SHP Regional Advisor for Yorkshire and the Humber.
Prior to 2016, I was head of a large and successful history department in Leeds.  I have 11 years teaching experience in a range of secondary settings. I speak at a wide range of educational conferences and have delivered workshops on planning, assessment and progression for Teach First, the Historical Association and the Schools History Project.
I have also worked with OCR on the development of the new GCSE SHP History specification. I am currently writing the "Making of America" textbook for Hodder Education's new GCSE series.
My educational research interests include: the building of professional learning communities at departmental level; the nature of progression in history; the connections between academic history and history teaching; and the possible role of Marc Bloch and the early Annales School in reconceiving the history classroom.
I also run the teaching and learning website and blog

Academic staff profiles

The History PGCE asks trainees to engage critically with their own practice and to apply their university learning directly in their placement schools. Expert support is also given by our team of school-based mentors, who help trainees have the greatest impact in the classroom. 
 Employment figures for the History PGCE are extremely high and it is very highly regarded nationally. 
 Many Leeds Trinity history trainees go on to leadership positions and contribute widely to our mentor network. The Leeds Trinity History PGCE is the first step into a fantastic teaching career​.

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Study Routes

​You can choose to study PGCE History via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 26 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements. Subject pedagogy is delivered by university specialists and developed in context in schools, supported by school-based mentors
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with professional tuition provided by University tutors, and issues to do with subject pedagogy delivered by school teachers.
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally. 

Study routes

Leeds Trinity PGCE graduates are highly regarded by local schools. This benefitted me when I came to apply for jobs. The placements offered to me were great and different from each other which is important.

Katie Gledhill

PGCE History, 2012 - Assistant Subject Leader for History at Beckfoot School

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97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​
You can choose to study PGCE History via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally. 

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