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History (Secondary)

History (Secondary)

Prepare for a career teaching History in secondary schools, gaining experience in two contrasting school settings.

At a glance

Subject / Phase
History (Secondary)

Course Length
1 year

School Placements


Academic Award

Professional Award
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Masters Credits

Partnered With
Sheffield Hallam University

Why Train to Be a History Teacher?

Choose to teach history and you get the chance to pass on your passion and knowledge of the subject to pupils every day. Enjoy watching your students gain insight and appreciation of the world around them and why it has evolved into the place it is today. Help them explore themes, learn about their ancestors, and discover hidden stories. Lesson by lesson, you help them put the building blocks of their understanding together, providing them with knowledge, insight and analysis, and a range of life skills to take them forward.

What is Life Like as a History Teacher?

In just one day you can find yourself teaching about events which span thousands of years of history! But no two days are the same: nothing can prepare you for the many different questions students can ask about the same topic. You’ll be drawing on your subject knowledge, finding ways to make it engaging and relevant to students, You’ll also have the opportunity to get involved beyond the classroom – from debating societies to school trips. Working with colleagues in your department, you’ll help prepare a curriculum that provides challenge and stimulation, giving students a solid appreciation of the world around them.

What Skills Do You Need to Be a History Teacher?

As a trainee history teacher, you’ll learn the skills needed to enhance your pupils’ understanding of British history and the world as it is today – from the events that shaped civilisations, to the historical figures that made them happen. Your subject knowledge will be at the core of your work, but you also need the ability to engage with young people, making your lessons stimulating and thought-provoking. Excellent communication and organisational skills are a bonus, plus the ability to work as a wider team and communicate well with colleagues, parents and students. Above all else you need to be committed to helping your students achieve their full potential.

What Do We Cover in History Teacher Training?

You will be trained to teach Secondary History at key stages 3, 4 and 5.

This includes training in university, via STSA’s professional learning courses, and as part of your school placements, as detailed below:

At University

Our academic partner is Sheffield Hallam University, whose course is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. At university, you will have the opportunity to hone your historical knowledge and skills via seminars, workshops, lectures, group work, directed tasks and written assessments. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.

In STSA Professional Learning Courses

We run a number of STSA professional learning sessions throughout the year. These days are a great opportunity for our trainees to come together, catch up and share their experiences. Our trainees tell us this is a highly valued part of our course.

Examples of topics covered include:

  • The Professional Teacher
  • Safeguarding
  • Lesson/scheme design
  • Assessment: marking and feedback
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Barriers to learning
  • Organisation of self
  • Knowledge of consecutive key stages
  • Role of SENCO
  • Behaviour management
  • Building resilience
  • Child development
  • SEND and inclusion
  • EAL and new arrivals
  • Collaborative team teaching
  • Communication with parents
  • Planning for transition
  • Careers

The STSA team are on hand throughout the course to help you with any issues or questions you may have.

During your School Placements

Our course includes high-quality placements in two of our partner schools, providing experience in contrasting settings – which is part of the Department for Education (DfE) regulations for Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Your main placement is approximately 24 weeks over the academic year, whilst your complementary placement is approximately 6 weeks. You also have a 2-day experience in a primary setting.

You will have your own mentor in each school, who will meet with you regularly and provide support and advice. They will also assess your teaching in school.

You can find out more about what to expect on our course here.

Career Development

You will always be developing as a teacher and could progress to a head of subject role, or even head of a department or faculty. Some teachers decide to specialise in pastoral work, taking on a head of key stage/year group role. From middle management, you could then progress into senior leadership as an assistant, deputy or head teacher. With multi-academy trusts growing in number, there are also new opportunities working across a number of schools, taking on responsibility for your particular subject.