We believe that Geography helps young people make sense of the world: from the fascinating and terrible power of earth-shaping forces, to the contemporary challenges of climate change, food security and energy choices, Geography provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to help pupils navigate their future. The importance of the subject is recognised by its inclusion in the English Baccalaureate, and its popularity evidenced by a continuing rise in Geography exam entries. Our approach to the subject roots Geography education in real-world enquiry, decision-making and a commitment to out-of-classroom learning through which young people can become more aware of their place within their local, as well as their global community.
Sussex PGCE is designed to produce creative and inspiring, as well as highly skilled and rigorous, Geography teachers. The course will introduce you to a range of teaching and learning strategies, including the use of data handling (cartographic, numerical, visual, digital) and analytical skills which help to make Geography students the most employable graduates.
Sessions taught at the University include opportunities for sharing experiences and classroom resources, as well as for drawing on local and national expertise. Sessions will be taught on campus, and also within partner schools and other off-campus locations. Fieldwork is an important part of this course, including a residential weekend which trainees are expected to participate in.
You will learn to be a Geography teacher through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, which is followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, role play, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences.
You will undertake two periods of professional practice in two different schools. You will be supported in your professional placements by a Geography specialist who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. To this end, you will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher’s Standards.
You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing three academic assignments during the course.