PGCE History

History (PGCE) (i)

Duration: 12 months


Liverpool Hope University is one of the country’s leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGCE is a postgraduate qualification which is aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in secondary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from early September to late June. Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools. 

The PGCE (Secondary) History programme comprises a fully integrated course of Initial Professional Development, subject-specific pedagogy and school-based learning which encourages student teachers to apply their theoretic understanding to practical situations.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers general aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher’s knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education.

For further information download the PGCE History Leaflet

Course code: V1X1


(i) This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit


History Specialism: Far from being a ‘tips for teachers’ approach the PGCE programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of History in depth. This part of the course aims to develop subject knowledge and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of History across the 11 – 18 age range. In the most recent Ofsted inspection all aspects of provision in PGCE (Secondary) History at Liverpool Hope University were judged to be ‘Good’.

School-based Learning: Fundamental to this programme is a very close relationship with local secondary schools and post 16 providers. Tutors and mentors from these schools collaborate to ensure that student teachers have ample supported opportunities to apply what they learn in theory sessions to the role of a teacher in school. Student teachers do their school-based learning in at least two schools ensuring a breadth of experience. Tutors with particular expertise in teaching History guide and work alongside students to formulate individualised plans which focus on their specific development needs. . Presentations are a key element of this programme enabling student teachers to develop confidence in talking to large groups. There are exciting opportunities for involvement in community projects, Holocaust education projects and the delivery of masterclasses for ‘gifted and talented’ pupils


A key element of the PGCE History programme is the sharing of good practice and joint planning of work in schools including the creation of classroom resources. In addition, student teachers will have direct experience of a range of teaching strategies including drama, fieldwork and the use of ICT. School-based projects support the development of professional teachers able to work in diverse teams. This fully integrated approach to school-based learning ensures that our Initial Teacher Education is relevant to the needs of the teaching profession and that student teachers reach the high standards expected of Hope graduate teachers.

Entry Requirements


· Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent)

· First degree (usually 2.1 or above) incorporating at least 50% History

· Experience of observation in a mainstream secondary state school

· Knowledge of the History curriculum

· The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of History

· The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English

. It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure you have passed     them both before the start of the course, please click here for further information.


· Significant school-based experience, e.g. extended attachment or work as a teaching assistant

· If invited for interview, all candidates will undertake a short literacy test. Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.

Skills Tests

Professional Skills Tests


It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfill their professional role in schools. You must ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for Key Skills Level 2/3. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications where necessary.

The pass mark for each test is 63 percent.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

Book your test

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Applicants for ITT courses should register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. If you require special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.

Skills tests are delivered via the national network of Pearson Professional Centres (PPC's). There are approximately 150 PPC's throughout the UK. The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, however, resit charges will apply.

Taking your tests

Here are a few helpful tips about taking the tests:

  • Arrival at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment is strongly advised, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test.
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt.
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre.
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page.
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre.
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare. Anyone accompanying you to the test centre will not be allowed to wait in the PPC.
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.  Your results will also be available to the ITT provider to whom you have applied, approximately 48 hours after you take the test.

What happens next?

If you fail a test you are allowed to resit it up to two times. If you fail the test three times you will not have the option to resit the test for a minimum of two years from the test date. Unfortunately this will result in us being unable to progress with your application.

Once you have passed the tests these results are valid for 36 months from the pass date.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding the skills test you can either contact our Student Recruitment team:

Telephone: 0151 291 3911


Or alternatively contact the Skills Test helpline

Telephone: 0845 450 8867


Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

Department: Education Studies