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
During Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focussed written assignments.
During Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the Teachers’ standards
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.
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.