Why choose this course?

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching History.

  • It will give you both the history knowledge at degree level and ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained secondary school.
  • You will undertake both history modules at our Wolverhampton campus and periods of education-based learning at the Walsall Campus.
  • You will also spend at least 120 days divided between a range of schools at different times during the three year course.
  • 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.

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.

History is important: it shapes our lives and moulds our identities.

  • The History element of the 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 complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

What happens on the course?

Level 4


Semester 1

Semester 2



The Pursuit of History





The Making of Modern Britain, c.1700-1819




Early Modern England





Europe and the Americans, 1776-1914




Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire





Subject-specific Pedagogy: Justifying the Specialist Subject



Level 5


Semester 1

Semester 2



The Social History of Victorian Britain





The Cold War




The Great War, 1914-1918





Subject-specific Pedagogy:

Teaching the Specialist Subject






Subject-specific Pedagogy 1a:

Exploring the Teaching of the Specialist Subject

 [only students lacking 4SE001]










Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories

[if not taking 5SE003]









Professional Development: The Beginning Teacher





Level 6


Semester 1

Semester 2



From Reich to Republic





Subject-specific Pedagogy: Investigating Practice






History Independent Study










Trial by Fire: The American Civil War









Doing Good? Histories of Charities in Modern Britain









Professional Development: The Developing Teacher



Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The range of modules you will study includes a core module in Year 1, which concentrates on the fundamentals of History as a discipline, along with a range of other options the help diversify and broaden your historical understanding. The modules available to you have been selected specifically to bolster your knowledge of topics which are likely to arise at Key Stage 3 and in the more popular GCSE and A-Level options at English secondary schools.

The course will provide you with a high standard of both historical subject content and pedagogical knowledge in addition to preparing you to take up a subject specialist teaching post in the secondary sector.  The course reflects the specific and precise quality frameworks established by relevant government agencies, and complies fully with the relevant teaching standards framework.  You will be provided with opportunities to contextualise and apply the knowledge gained on both sides of your degree as you develop  a variety of teaching techniques during supervised work placements.   

The BA History with Secondary Education(QTS) course is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful can be recommended to the relevant professional body for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is the recognised professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.

The course is also designed to develop secondary school teachers who will be:

  • Empathetic and committed to pupils’ learning
  • Reflective and reflexive
  • Enthusiastic and innovative
  • Open-minded and research-aware
  • Capable of engaging in practitioner research
  • Flexible and creative
  • Knowledgeable – both in terms of the subject and pedagogically

The course will also help you to develop as a teacher who understands the links between subject knowledge and the curriculum knowledge needed to teach your subject.  Equally, we seek to develop teachers who understand the needs of the individual pupil and the school community in which they will work.

For the award of an honours degree, you, the student, will be able to:

  • Understand the problematic nature of interpreting the past in a critical way, the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject, and the multiplicity of sources available to historians. 
  • Demonstrate an informed appreciation of the processes of continuity and change over an extended time-span and how these have been affected by the contested exercise of power.
  • Analyse the historical construction and changing nature of identities, as defined principally by place, ethnicity, gender and class 
  • Engage critically with key historiographical debates and address these in depth using primary and secondary sources. 
  • Use appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support historical research, process data and produce written work and presentational material.
  • Understand the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in an historical and global context 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Students will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check - the cost is currently £44.00 

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations, Key Skills Level 2 or Functional Skills Level 2.


Typical entry requirements: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC (excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award) - Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Important Requirements

As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

We will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education.

You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach.

Interview and Selection

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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