This course will train you to become a geography teacher across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range.
You will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced geography teacher mentor, improving your skills in planning, teaching and assessment.
In addition, you will be required to attend a one night residential stay at a YHA youth hostel, which will allow you to experience how to plan and implement geography fieldwork and investigations for the classes you teach. The cost of this visit is covered by the course fee.
Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16 age range in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.
The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.
This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.
At the end of the course, your lead school may offer you a permanent role.