PGCE Secondary History / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2022
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How to apply
This course is now closed to further applications for September 2022 entry.
Advice to applicants
Applications or CVs sent directly to the University will not be considered.
You must submit the following with your completed application form:
- two written references that support your suitability for teaching;
- a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing your commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching, your rationale for applying to be a teacher in your subject, an awareness of the role and responsibilities of the teacher, relevant experience suggesting suitability for the role, and a good standard of written English.
We recommend that you submit your application as soon after applications open as you can. Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents to avoid delays.
Before submitting your application, please make sure that the information you enter regarding your qualifications is correct and accurate. We have the right to cancel your application if we determine (having carried out any necessary checks), or have reasonable belief, that your application contains false information. If you have any reason to believe that information we hold about you is not true, complete and accurate, you must tell us.
Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview. All universities interview candidates for PGCE courses.
The interview process includes the following:
- an introductory talk from University lecturers;
- a personal online interview with one of our tutors and a teacher from a partnership school;
- Secondary PGCE applicants will be asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.
Aptitude test requirement
The Government is replacing the professional skills tests with a new system of provider-led assurance in relation to trainees' fundamental knowledge in English and Mathematics. Under this new approach you will not be required to pass professional skills tests prior to commencing your PGCE, but you will need to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge by the end of the programme.
Fitness to practise / health requirements
If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with a confidential health screening check as advised by the Department for Education.
Health screening will be undertaken by the Student Occupational Health Service, who will advise on any follow-up vaccinations or other intervention which may be indicated.
Disclosure and Barring Service check
If your application is successful, we will require you to comply with an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as advised by the Department for Education.
You must also meet the University's suitability requirements for the safeguarding of children.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.
In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.