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PGCE Secondary History with QTSNewman University
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Location: Newman University
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2021/09/01
Duration: 12 months
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Newman University, Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Why study the PGCE History course?If you are passionate about history this course will equip you with the skills to provide plus post 16 enhancement, with an understanding of history across all the major historical periods.The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.You will explore what is the use or relevance of studying History and why it matters what happened long ago? You will be able to educate pupils in how to interpret the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Understanding the linkages between past and present is absolutely basic for a good understanding of the condition of being human.In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional history teachers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority. A thinking skills approach and enquiry based learning underpin the course as these have been shown to motivate and interest young learners as well as enhance their understanding of the world in which we live.The PGCE course has both a pedagogical and practical aspect. After a short period of time in University preparing you for school experience, much of the course is spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.In addition to your main school placements, you will have the opportunity to experience post 16 education, primary school settings, visits to historical sites such as the Houses of Parliament. Furthermore, you will develop the skills required to enhance your own professional understanding and develop your own areas of professional interest.
A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) of which 50% content must be related to the named subject; and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment. At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have with school aged children and your understanding of teaching within your chosen age range. The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and meet the requirements for fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course and be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of your PGCE. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page. For further information about the Interview Process see our PGCE Secondary ITE Interview page. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page. International Students: Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.
About this university
Students travel from around the globe to study at the university and there is country specific information as part of the application process on the website. Once a student has been accepted to the university and arrives in Birmingham, there is also support and help on hand. There is an International Coordinator who is available for special help such as organising studies and accommodation, as well as the Accommodation Manager. There is a HEADstart course the first two weeks that helps international students find out all they need about their new surroundings while Senior Academic Support Tutors are on hand to help with academic matters. There are also English language course for those wanting to learn or improve their skills in the area. The Student Union is the first place to go to find out more about activities outside the classroom. As well as providing the clubs and societies, the university also offers support and guidance for members as well as representation. This means that if students have problems, both academic and personal, there is someone on hand to help them. The union also organises various social events during the year for students to get involved with as well as volunteering opportunities to help give something back to the wider community. There are a number of different societies available for students and the chance to start their own if they find a gap that their interest can cover. These include gaming and anime groups as well as faith groups such as the Christian Union and even academic subjects such as philosophy. Similarly, there are sports opportunities with all the teams taking part in the BUCS leagues against other universities around the country. These include football, netball and even badminton groups.