On completion of the school direct Geography course, you will gain a PGCE and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), equipping you to teach geography in secondary schools. During the PGCE, you will be supported to tackle the at once practical and conceptual questions of:
- Who are the children I teach?
- Why teach geography?
- What geography should I teach?
- How should I teach it?
Geographical knowledge is dynamic and the world is constantly changing. As a geography teacher, you will take responsibility for introducing children to the ideas and methods of geography, helping them to investigate people, places and processes. You will support children to better understand the complexities and wonders of the Earth, enabling them in both their education and their everyday lives
You will be tutored by experienced academics who are researching and teaching in geography education at the IOE. This course is distinctive in helping you engage in current debates, issues and ideas as well as practical strategies for school geography teaching, so you can develop critical-thinking and leadership as geography teacher who can shape change in a curriculum for the future. University teaching includes debates, lectures, seminars, workshops, your own presentations, tutorials, structured independent tasks and a mix of online and face to face teaching, including fieldwork in London and the Lake District and teaching with GIS.
The course assessment is developmental for you. There is no written exam but you will undertake two Master’s level modules.
You will develop knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum, its targets and content, together with an understanding of wider statutory requirements. You will advance your teaching and classroom management skills to a high level, and enhance your capacity for self-reflection and further professional development.
You will undertake two school placements during your training and these will be at two of our excellent alliance schools.
UCL 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 school direct trainees have full access to UCL student support services/facilities.
The school direct programme follows the exact same structure as the PGCE route and awards the PGCE and QTS. The only difference is students apply directly to the NRTA via the DfE ‘Apply’ service. Candidates will still attend the same university lectures.
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