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Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership Geography (3DM6)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Why train to become a Geography Teacher with us?

  • Course is designed and led by outstanding geography teachers with backgrounds in teacher training and senior leadership.
  • Gain practical experience in the classroom from the beginning of the programme.
  • Through our bespoke programme, learn from experienced teachers and nationally recognised leaders in the geography education.
  • Develop in a supportive environment with access to personalised coaching and mentoring.
  • Engage with contemporary and innovative approaches to teaching geography in the classroom.
  • Explore current research and academic literature to enhance your classroom practice.
  • Enjoy regular opportunities to expand geographical subject knowledge to meet the needs of the new exam board specification and to reflect current geographical events and issues.
  • Learn how to take learning beyond the classroom, exploring opportunities for field work in the diverse Devon landscape
  • Superb school placement options across the greater Devon area

Course Structure

You would spend three days a week in your placement school (increasing to 4 in the Spring and Summer Terms), one day per week working from home on the distance learning component through the University of Exeter and one day per week receiving subject specialist input with experienced geography teachers and other experts through Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance and its partner Teach South West. You will also complete a shorter second placement in a contrasting school during the Spring Term.

University-based: Distance Learning

The distance learning course is provided by the University of Exeter through their online learning portal. Trainees study a series of core weekly topics, with varied input via audio lectures and PowerPoints, interactive tasks and independent reading. The Masters level input is linked to school practice through a series of ‘framework’ tasks: these prompt trainees to relate the theoretical principles encountered through the core materials to their experiences in school. The online materials also support the completion of two Masters assignments (30 credits each).

Course content includes:

  • Subject knowledge updates from geography lecturers
  • Geography’s place on the curriculum
  • Planning for progression at KS3
  • Understanding the KS4/KS5 geography curriculum
  • Exploring the impact of current educational research geography teaching
  • Use of current publications and what this means for teaching geography
  • The contribution of fieldwork to geography education
  • The role of GIS and technology
  • Exploring sustainability
  • Using photos for enquiry-based learning
  • Non-examined assessment at A Level

School placements

Placement Options

We have over 25 secondary schools in the Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall, offering placement options for applicants. To view a map of our member schools click HERE or see list HERE

How placements are decided

Decisions about placements are lead by applicant preferences and needs. Applicants might want to train close to home. In some cases applicants want to train in a school where there is a particular curriculum strength; in other cases applicants may have been a TA at the school and wish to build on this relationship. Whatever the reason, one of our first conversations with you will be ‘where do you want to undertake your main placement?’. Of course, we cannot guarantee that we can find the perfect match, but our commitment is to try to find a school that matches your needs.

While every effort is made to find placement schools close to home for applicants, please note that where we have applicants applying late in the recruitment cycle for the year school placement options could become more restricted as other providers will have firmed up placements with schools as well. We are very supportive of late applications but just need to make applicants aware that this can at times be a factor.

It is also worth noting that placements for Modern Foreign Languages in German can be restricted by the number of schools offering German at KS3 and KS4.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Entry to the PGCE programme is conditional on:

  • Graduate or equivalent status
  • The relevance of an Honours degree content to the chosen specialist subject(s) (current University of Exeter students are allowed to take up to 30 credits outside of their degree programme, some of which may strengthen an application for a PGCE)
  • Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalent (or for GCSEs taken from Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above) for those applying for Secondary.

Other requirements

  • Selection based on the information provided on the UCAS
  • Teacher Training application
  • Selection based on successful interview
  • Satisfactory medical report
  • A Satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check
  • It is the University’s policy that level 2 certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy is not acceptable as an equivalent to GCSE English/Mathematics
  • DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy/numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. Instead PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics/English skills. Further details on this process are yet to be confirmed.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,500

Financial support from the training provider

You can find out the range of DfE bursaries and subject scholarships HERE

About the training provider

Dartmoor Training School Alliance (DTSA) is an alliance of primary and secondary schools servicing Devon and the wider area. If you are thinking about training to teach, we think we can offer you a superb range of inspiring courses. Whether you are a new graduate or you are considering a career change, our teacher training will equip you with the skills to be an outstanding teacher. DTSA is led by Okehampton College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We work in partnership with the University of Exeter, itself rated Outstanding. To find out more watch our video HERE and visit our web site HERE

There are many great reasons to train with us:

  • An outstanding partnership: Okehampton College and the University of Exeter offer trainees first class school placements and academic teaching.
  • With over 80 schools in our Alliance from the wider Devon area, including Cornwall and Plymouth, we offer trainees greater control over where they train.
  • Matching trainees to placement schools: every effort is made to match trainees to placement schools that will best develop their skills teacher
  • Support into employment: We recruit trainees with the view to support them, through workshops and mock interviews, to secure their first post. Trainees that go onto teach in local schools are supported through our wide range of NQT and other programmes.
  • Values-centred training: we are passionately committed to the values of co-operative schools that put people at the centre of everything we do.

Interview process

Applicants will be contacted by phone or email shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements.


Our interview process has moved online. To find out about the more about how we run interviews please click HERE

If you have limited access to a computer or other device or your wifi is not up to the demands of online meeting let us know and we can arrange an alternative format.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services web page HERE

PGCE trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact this training provider

01837 52341
Okehampton Community College
Mill Rd, Okehampton
EX20 1PW

Support and advice

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