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Become a History teacher

As a History teacher you are in the envious position of being able to teach a class all about the people and events of the past that have shaped our today.

History asks the questions why, where and when, and invites young minds to find the answers. It is essential for learning about Scotland’s place in the world, and the wider world itself. But in your classroom History isn’t mere dates and numbers, it’s storytelling that brings the figures and decisions of the past to life in engaging and compelling ways.

Your pupils will understand the significance of events and their implications on peoples and nations. They’ll learn about gathering evidence and questioning sources. In your classroom, History will help prepare them for the future.

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"Teaching History can sometimes be quite challenging as students often ask why they need to learn about the past. Once I explain the skills they learn in class are invaluable and show how they’re relevant to future jobs then they do get on board." Kate Riddell – History Teacher at Hawick High School
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What being a History teacher covers:

  • Organising and setting lessons
  • Monitoring the progress of pupils, through coursework and homework
  • Working with pupils to guide their development and share that progress with parents and caregivers
  • Planning, supervising and leading study trips.

Take that next step into History

It’s a career choice that comes with a good starting salary and great opportunities for progression. To begin your journey, you need to have a degree in History with a post-graduate Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or study a four-year combined degree in History and Education.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher) and
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

Universities you can study in

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in History at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider for the most up-to-date information.

Every teacher has a story.
What will yours be?

Whether you’re getting ready for a new term, planning your next class, or helping pupils prepare for exams, there’s always something going on. There are challenges, just as there are with any job. But you’ll be supported. And you’ll find other teachers are there to help you, and share their experiences.

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