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PGCE History with Humanities (QTS)

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September 2020
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Tremaine Baker

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

History is more than a study of the past. It can give you a better understanding of your own and others identity, it can provide valuable historical skills such as researching or critically evaluating evidence, and it helps you make sense of current issues, to understand how the present has been shaped by the past. This course will develop your subject knowledge for teaching history whilst also developing the skills and knowledge required to teach other humanities based subjects. It will explore the common pedagogies of humanities based subjects whilst providing opportunities for you to develop a strong subject specialism in history so that you can become an outstanding teacher of history.

Why study PGCE History with Humanities (QTS) at Middlesex University?

Humanities teachers are in great demand and this course appeals to graduates who are passionate about history but want to develop the skills and understanding to teach outside their specialism. Through this PGCE, you will gain the understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective History with Humanities Teacher in a Secondary School setting. You will also develop the awareness and ability to transfer these skills and teach in subject areas across the humanities spectrum (such as geography, government and politics, citizenship or religious education).

This course gives you a strong understanding of how and why to teach history in secondary schools whilst also enabling you to appreciate the unique aspects of other subject specialisms in order to develop your confidence in teaching across the suite of humanities subjects. Middlesex University also has dedicated subject tutors who have established strong relations with external specialists and partnership schools who will deliver contemporary and subject specific training sessions.

Course highlights

  • You will undertake an enhanced placement in a third educational setting, such as a museum
  • Middlesex University provides links with wider educational providers to give you an experience of leading learning outside the classroom
  • You will learn from experienced and personalised tutors who are subject specialists in their field
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on PGCE History with Humanities (QTS)?

At the start of the course you will be shown how to audit your history with humanities subject and pedagogical knowledge and you will develop an action plan to address gaps in subject knowledge. The course begins with developing your understanding of the purpose and rationale for teaching history in schools, and engages you with research and literature about the pedagogy of history teaching and how to teach your subject effectively.

This programme also has an overarching humanities focus, which will allow you to develop a common pedagogical approach to teaching across all subject areas, whilst also appreciating the unique and particular aspects of each subject discipline. This will enable you to teach a range of humanities subjects at KS3 whilst also being able to teach history confidently up to and beyond KS4. The curriculum will give you a thorough grounding in teaching key historical skills and concepts, such as those relating to causation or interpretation, whilst also supporting you in identifying areas of commonality between humanities subject specialisms, such as those relating to the use of enquiry or outdoor learning, and the skills to teach sensitive and controversial topics.

You will have many opportunities both individually and in groups to apply general principles to specific humanities learning within your specialist subject, and for part of the course you will work in parallel with geography students. There will also be breakout sessions where you will be working in your specialist subject, and subject specialists will deliver sessions such as those covering teaching history at KS4.

  • Modules

    • Secondary Professional Development 1 (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the professional secondary school environment. You will demonstrate your progress in developing your understanding and skills necessary to operate as an effective teacher in a secondary school. As such, it supports you to progress towards the achievement of current requirements for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

    • Secondary Professional Development 2 (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to consolidate your professional practice in a second secondary school environment. It aims to ensure you can demonstrate the understanding and skills necessary to operate as an effective teacher in a secondary school. As such, it supports you in the achievement of statutory requirements for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

    • Professional Knowledge and Pedagogy (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective teacher in a secondary school. You will be assessed by undertaking a small scale research assignment that compares theoretical perspectives in education with the reality found in school.

    • History with Humanities Education (30 credits)- Compulsory

      This module builds on the learning and skills developed in the Subject Pedagogy and School Experience One modules and aims to  deepen your understanding and skills necessary to operate as a critically reflective history with humanities teacher in a secondary school setting. You are summatively assessed through a Monitoring and Assessment assignment. Here you design, resource, teach and evaluate a scheme of work that reflects best practice in History and/or Humanities education and assessment.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the PGCE History with Humanities (QTS) taught?

You will spend at least 120 days in schools that include two school experiences (Secondary Professional Development 1 and Secondary Professional Development 2) in which you will teach for approximately 60% of the timetable. Each placement has a block element to provide a sustained teaching experience over the complete teaching week.

The remaining 60 days of the programme is university based, where you will attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The course will comprise of a range of presentations, discussions and practical workshops where exemplar material can be selected from history contexts.


The two school experiences are assessed against the professional requirements under the Teachers’ Standards:

  • Professional Knowledge and Pedagogy is assessed through coursework by undertaking a small scale research assignment
  • History with Humanities Education is assessed through coursework, by undertaking a Monitoring and Assessment assignment
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How can the PGCE History with Humanities (QTS) support your career?

Our course gives you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Teaching is a profession with excellent progression and benefits and our graduates have an excellent reputation within the profession. Our employment rates are extremely high with around 97% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation. The starting salary of a qualified teacher in inner London is £30,480.

Tremaine Baker
Senior Lecturer (Practice) in Secondary Teacher Education

Tremaine has engaged in a range of teacher training roles including both History PGCE and School Direct. He is the author of Targeted Teaching: Strategies for secondary teaching (Baker, Brock and Evers, 2017) which is aimed at trainee teachers.

Helen Phillips

Helen has taught geography for 16 years and is currently Head of Department at a mainstream secondary school. She has extensive experience as a geography examiner and as a geography teacher educator.

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