On this course you will develop the professional skills you need to teach geography, as well as your knowledge of contemporary issues in geography education, and your understanding of how to support effective learning for all pupils. The PGCE course will help you to explore the purpose of teaching geography, developing your own philosophy for why a geographical education is important for young people.
You will be encouraged to engage in contemporary debates, reflecting critically and becoming an active ‘curriculum-maker’ with the ability to plan and develop innovative and exciting geography. Although the main age range is 11 to 16, we also explore the opportunities offered by geography for the 16 to 19 age group. The course expects exceptionally high standards in terms of presentation skills, planning and preparation: every year students are encouraged to publish work. The course introduces you to research in geography education, through engagement in small-scale studies in your school’s geography department. The programme is designed to foster interest and expertise in geography education beyond the PGCE, and many graduates go on to complete their MA Geography Education in their first year of teaching. Information and communications technology is an important element of the PGCE. We encourage you to use ICT in an innovative and imaginative way, particularly for teaching with geographic information systems (GIS). Fieldwork, including residential fieldwork, is also an essential part of the PGCE. You will teach a range of geographical topics and learn to use a range of techniques, strategies and approaches for high quality Geography.
You will undertake two school placements during your PGCE training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools. Including: Alexandra Park School, Fortismere School, Woodside High School, Friern Barnet School, Park View School, Duke’s Aldridge Academy, Highgate Wood School, Mill Hill County High and Christ’s College Finchley.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as “outstanding” in every criterion across Primary and Secondary Education. All UCL School Direct students have full access to UCL student support services and facilities.
This programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is that students apply directly via UCAS to the school or alliance. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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