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University of Wolverhampton

History with Secondary Education (QTS)

UCAS Code: VX13

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

Secondary teaching

History is important: it shapes our lives and moulds our identities. Our fascinating course allows you to examine a wide range of themes and issues across a range of nations and periods. Focusing on the cultural, political, social and economic aspects of historical change, you will be encouraged to study particular areas of historical interest and controversy in depth. In your studies, you will learn the essential historical techniques of critical analysis, research methods and the skills required for handling and processing information.

This course provides the opportunity for you to attain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of a three-year undergraduate programme in History, enabling you to teach in secondary schools without the need for a further postgraduate qualification: an offering unique to the University of Wolverhampton.

History is a perennially popular subject in secondary schools and colleges, meaning there is always a vibrant jobs market for History teachers offering great opportunities for a rewarding and respected career in the secondary education sector for our graduates.

This course is ideal for those who already plan to teach once they have completed their university studies, but also offers the flexibility for students to change their mind, with the option to opt-out of the Secondary Education elements at the end of Year 1 and follow the BA (Hons) History course instead.

The QTS components of the course have three interrelated elements with critical reflection at the core:
?Professional studies
?Subject specialist studies
?School based teaching experience

Professional Studies are concerned with teachers’ professional values, roles, responsibilities and development, together with whole school issues in education. Professional studies are taught through subject studies as well as some whole cohort lectures, mixed group seminars, and days in a variety of schools (including teaching placements).

Subject specialist studies are concerned with the knowledge, understanding and teaching of a particular subject. They focus on the key principles and key components of subject knowledge, the ability to apply principles and knowledge in the classrooms, and the assessment of pupils’ achievements.

School-based teaching experience involves developing competency in classroom teaching to the standards described in national legislation.
?You will undertake periods of University-based learning and you will spend at least 120 days divided between a range of schools at different times during the three years. Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments; classroom based investigations and other school-based activities, and appraisals of practical teaching skills.
?……will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will allow you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school.
?As a trainee you will learn how to teach history to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Wolverhampton

Department:

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
History
75%
med
Secondary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
70%
Male students
30%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
54%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Protective service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
34%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

92%
Teaching and educational professionals
1%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
1%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Secondary teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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