The programme is designed to support trainees in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful secondary school teacher.
-Become effective classroom practitioners; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons
-Learn to recognise the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in lessons
-Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy
-Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.
Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both in school and university based learning, will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which also carries 60 Masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent Masters degree. The PGCE (M) component is an academic qualification awarded by the university. It is recognised abroad.
The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). QTS is a professional qualification awarded by the Department for Education.
The key aim of this programme is to enable trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The programme provides opportunities for trainees to explore the theory and practice of teaching the subject through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two contrasting school placements.
This course will prepare trainees to teach all aspects of geography in secondary school. Valuable input into the course is made by teachers from schools where trainees are placed for classroom experience. By the end of the course trainees will have learnt how to develop and extend their pupils’ geographical understanding, skills and knowledge in all its forms.
Trainees will learn how geography enables young people to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world by explaining where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Trainees will also draw on their own studies and work experience to encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives, now and in the future.
There are three written assignments set and assessed by the university towards the Masters level PGCE element of the qualification.