The History route is designed to equip all trainees to teach history across at Key stages 3 and  4 and at post 16

Working with the National Archive
History trainees working with the National Archive

The subject specific element of the course will encourage trainees to become thoughtful  reflective and critical practioners who are aware of contemporary debates concerning teaching and learning History. Trainees will be  given opportunities to develop skills to motivate and inspire pupils to become successful  historians across the key stages.

The subject specific element of the course is delivered at our Bognor Regis Campus.  The subject specific sessions are complemented by a Professional Studies programme, which is also based at Bognor Regis. 

Feedback from Trainees

Feedback from Trainees who have successfully completed the course is very positive:

  • I felt well supported and able to ask questions
  • Good introduction to the National Curriculum and teaching methods
  • Great balance of discussion and lectures, allowed us to be actively working in groups
  • Friendly professional approach
  • Well organised and well taught
  • Excellent preparation to start teaching
  • Fantastic atmosphere in seminar sessions

Entry Qualifications

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.1 or above in History or in a closely related subject where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% History.  This may be discussed at interview.  If you are unsure about the suitability of your degree, please contact the course co-ordinator for advice.  All candidates must have achieved grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths.  Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

If you meet the entry requirements, you will be invited for an interview at Bognor Regis. All successful applicants will have to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and complete a satisfactory Medical Declaration before commencement of the course.

How am I assessed?

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.  To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.


All applications for a PGCE must be made through UCAS Teacher Training.  As soon as you have made your application you need to take your Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.  You need to have passed these in order to take up a place on a PGCE.  It is an advantage to have passed these before attending interview.  Links to UCAS Teacher Training, more information about the Skills Tests and Finance can be found by clicking on the How to Apply tab.

Contact details

Dr Katharine Milcoy
PGCE History Co-ordinator

Acknowledgement for railway drawing.
Illustrations of Stockton to Darlington (1825) and Liverpool Manchester Railways (1830)National Archives (COPY 1/108 f.311)