How hard is it to get a job teaching History?

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How hard is it to get a job teaching History?

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    I am currently a 'mature student' studying for a History degree with the OU, having finally found something I enjoy learning about, and have a real passion for. My plan is to finish my degree and then apply for a PGCE course locally for a year, then teach History at secondary level. Far into the future I would then perhaps be looking at working at a Uni or college.

    I have heard a lot about how over-subscribed History jobs are, and how difficult it is to get a position. I have done some research on job sites and there do seem to still be quite a few jobs around, so how difficult is it in reality?

    I live in Stoke, so have a wide range of possible locations within an hour or so of me (Manchester, Birmingham, Cheshire, Derby etc), so I wouldn't be inflexible with only looking for local jobs etc.

    Thanks for your help!

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    I live in a rural area so the opportunities are less, i also work in FE so the opportunities are less again.
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