PGCE Secondary – History

The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: History programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: History programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Main features of the programme:

  • Among the areas covered by the programme are: The National Curriculum in History, History in Primary Schools, Transition from Primary to Secondary and inter-phase liaison in History, Lesson Planning and evaluation, Classroom Organisation and Management, Teaching and learning Strategies for Key Stages 3, 4 and A level, Differentiation and Special Educational Needs in history teaching, Assessment in history Key Stage 3, 4 and A level Literacy and Numeracy and history, the Curriculum Cymreig, PSE and other cross-curricular frameworks and history, Using ICT in History and Fieldwork including Local History.

  • University based assessments involve three (M level) assignments related to experiences gained in schools on the teaching and learning of History.  School-based assessment is ongoing and involves regular assessment of practical teaching by mentors and tutors.

  • Visiting speakers include mentors from partnership schools and other experts in history education. 

  • The underpinning philosophy of the course is that History is an engaging and interesting subject, which has a central role to play in the education of pupils. 

  • Seminars, workshops, lectures are the main method of instruction.

  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching effectively.

  • We provide regular mentor meetings which allow you to ask questions and discuss topics/issues further.

  • You will receive feedback on your progress and lesson observations at regular points during the course.

Why study PGCE Secondary: History at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.

  • Option to submit assignments, undertake teaching placements and IPD groups through the medium of Welsh.

  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available) and also to train through the medium of Welsh (training grant and Gloywi Iaith sessions).

  • We have placement schools throughout South Wales, so you do not have to move to the Cardiff area to study/ undertake your school placement.

  • Excellent and well-established partnerships with English and Welsh medium placement schools. 

  • Sharing of good practice and resources.


  • University sessions allow students to "regroup" and take time out from school regularly to discuss progress, challenges and successes in a supportive environment – you are not thrown in at the deep end and forced to sink or swim!

For further information about the programme and any specific enquiries relating to entry requirements, assessments and interview process, please refer to the main PGCE Secondary course overview and the UCAS Teacher Training website. Alternatively please contact:

Mark Williams
PGCE Secondary History Programme Leader 
029 2041 6527