Teesside University Geography (A512)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course is designed to train you to become an inspirational, reflective and professional teacher of secondary geography who can motivate learners aged 11-16 to achieve highly and realise their full potential.

Your learning will be personalised across professional skills, subject knowledge and pedagogy, research and theory. You develop further by completing a small-scale research project within your subject area and by undertaking intensive teaching practices within school settings, allowing you to put your knowledge and understanding of education into practice. On placement you will practise teaching strategies, learn how to manage a classroom environment, and develop evidence-based approaches from skilled professionals who share your passion for your subject area.

At the beginning of the course, you focus on developing your knowledge of learning and explore a range of evidence-based teaching and assessment theories and strategies, in addition to your subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy. Throughout the course, you embed and refine your knowledge and skills, enhancing your own practice and subject expertise during school-based placements as well as developing your ability to reflect on your practice through action research.

School placements

During the course you complete two professional placements and will gradually build up the number of hours you teach whilst observing and working alongside colleagues. You experience the life of a teacher by fully immersing yourself in the school environment.

You benefit from the support of a curriculum mentor and professional mentor on your placements who will model practice, give you feedback and work with you to set targets. Mentors are highly trained and effective educational practitioners and will provide you with information, advice, and guidance throughout the course.

We are partnered with a diverse range of schools and settings across the Tees Valley giving you contrasting experiences where possible.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Other requirements

IELTS entry requirements for international students is level 6.5

All applicants are required to:

  • demonstrate capacity to meet the Teacher’s Standards
  • complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check (and international equivalents for overseas students or those who have resided overseas), prohibition order checks and child disqualification checks
  • complete a Declaration of Suitability for Teacher Training document and health and physical capacity to teach checks
  • submit two satisfactory references
  • successfully complete a formal interview and selection process

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,000

About the training provider

Teesside University’s Initial Teacher Training (TUITT) partnership aims to recruit enthusiastic, committed trainees whose inherent curiosity and creativity as life-long learners enables them to become strong, reflective teachers who strive to continually improve their practice.

At Teesside, you can train to teach within secondary schools (compulsory education for ages 11 – 16). We offer a range of subject areas which are available to study full-time or part-time.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Teesside University is committed to removing barriers to learning for all our students. We are proud to provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment that enables success for all.

Our Disability services team of advisers can assist you with information, guidance and support. Further details are available on our website: www.tees.ac.uk/disability

Contact this training provider

01642 218121
Teesside University
Borough Road

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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