School of Education

History - PGCE and School Direct


Do you want to make history come alive for young people? Our history course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you in this quest and enable you to become a teacher who can make a real difference to the lives of pupils, ensuring they have a meaningful and engaging experience of history during their time at school. 

An inherent feature of the University of Nottingham's history course is that we work very closely with partnership schools to ensure that you develop an in-depth understanding of the history curriculum, expand your subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding.

This ensures our course is relevant to the changing demands of history teaching, and that you are fully supported in your development as a beginning teacher during both your time in University based sessions and your placements in school. We also seek to prepare our students fully for their future, building foundations upon which long lasting careers can be established. 

History course content

Our aim is to develop inspiring history teachers who will enthuse and excite young people about the past and the study of history.

During the course, you will examine how pupils engage with the past and how we work with them as teachers to analyse, interpret, evaluate and contextualise events and historical sources.

We will explore with you a range of different approaches and activities used in history classrooms, investigating the range of approaches and methods that can be used to assess pupils' understanding and how we can use this to inform future teaching and learning.

We also explore how historical sites, fieldwork visits and museums can support and enhance pupil learning, and work closely with local partners such as the National Holocaust Centre to develop your understanding of history outside the classroom.


Our history programme has been devised and jointly planned with our team of history mentors and consequently our University and school-based work is fully integrated. In schools you will work closely with a history mentor, who has been trained by the University, who will ensure that you are involved in all aspects of a teacher's role.

Our programme has been designed to enable all students to demonstrate that they have met the Teachers' standards across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and the vast majority of our placement schools are able to offer experience of A level teaching.

Ultimately, our beginning history teachers are supported in developing their own philosophy of teaching history based on innovative and evidenced based practice. We work with our students and partner schools to create history teachers with a substantive understanding of history based on their extensive subject knowledge base and deep appreciation of historical concepts and processes.

Most of all we want history teachers graduating from the Nottingham ITE programmes to be exciting classroom practitioners, who inspire, motivate and enthuse young people about historical study.


How to apply


View PGCE availability and then visit our application guidance page.

School Direct

To apply for a place on the School Direct History programme you will need to search for a School Direct place on the UCAS-TT website

From the table below, you should identify a placement school in which you wish to undertake your training. When you apply in UCAS you will then need to search for and apply to the relevant Lead School as found in the same table below. The University of Nottingham will be listed as an accredited provider. Visit our application guidance page.

View School Direct placement schools...
Placement schools
Placement schoolSchool locationPlaces availableLead school
The de Ferrers Academy Burton upon Trent  Available The de Ferrers Academy
Djanogly City Academy Nottingham Available The de Ferrers Academy
East Leake Academy East Leake Available The de Ferrers Academy
Chellaston Academy Derby Available Chellaston Academy
Schools across the Alliance Derby/Nottingham Available L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance

PGCE details

School Direct details

Student profiles

The History Team

  • Victoria Crooks 
  • Gary Mills 
  • Jonathon Hickman 

Subject specific staff work with a wider circle of colleagues dedicated to our teacher training programmes including:

  • Stefanie Sullivan - Director of Initial Teacher Education 
  • Helen Bowhay - Secondary Phase Leader


There are two routes to qualification, PGCE and School Direct. For both routes you will have a University interview.

If you have more than one UCAS application choice for routes and/or schools we are working with, you will only have one University interview.

That one successful interview will result in an offer of a place on the PGCE programme if that was one of your choices, and will lead to your application being instantly sent to all of your School Direct choices (should they have places remaining). This should increase your opportunities of quickly securing a place.



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