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Taught course or reading programme for Modern History before applying for PGCE History

Discussion in 'History' started by NeanderthalWoman, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Hi All,

    I'm planning on applying for a secondary PGCE in History for Sep 2012 and I was wondering what advice anyone might have on brushing up my modern history knowledge prior to the application process this September.

    I have a BA in Archaeology, and an MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, so clearly, I'm not too hot on modern history at the moment! I have spoken with a few people about the sort of experience I need for the course, and it's been suggested that I take a formal taught course or reading programme to fill in the knowledge gaps.

    Having spent the last few hours googling words to this effect, and not finding anything, I'm hoping that someone out there may have some suggestions for me!

    Thanks! :)
  2. katnoodle

    katnoodle New commenter

    Hi there, hope I can help! I'd recommend watching some good history documentaries that span most of the years covered by the curriculum - Simon Schama's History of Britain is a good place to start. Then perhaps follow reading lists and get textbooks for the modern history GCSE courses. Some Schools History Project textbooks would also be a good read too. Good luck!
  3. I agree with katnoodle, you could do worse than looking at some textbooks especially Ben Walsh Modern World:

    You could also use some A Level books such as the Access to History series to brush up on knowledge, it is what I do when asked to teach something which I don't know much about...this happens frequently when you teach history! This is one for Russia for example, it will also give you an idea of the level of knowledge and structure of many courses.


    Good luck :)
  4. Thank you both for your help! That's clued me in a bit more. I'd better get reading then!

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