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Birmingham City University Geography (3CGF)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education

Contents

About the course

Geography has a key role to play in enabling young people to make sense of, understand and make a positive contribution to planet Earth. Teaching will allow you to bring to life the physical and human world that your pupils live in.

You will introduce young people in an engaging and stimulating manner to the world that they inhabit and to geography in all its forms – including physical, human and environmental.

You’ll explore the skills and knowledge that geography offers at secondary education level and train to become a confident, dynamic and creative teacher with the ability to make geographical thinking accessible to all. You’ll discover how pupils learn and explore ways in which you can plan activities that will ensure they progress and develop their geographical minds.

Exploring an inclusive and rich approach towards geography you’ll discover and learn how to make the geography curriculum come alive in a way that will promote geographical thinking. You’ll learn how to Inspire and enthuse your pupils by taking them on exciting and stimulating geographical journeys. You will be able to achieve this by developing your knowledge and understanding of a range of geographical pedagogies. These can be used to help pupils to become more self-confident and critically informed about the planet that they inhabit.

This course has links with key subject associations, the Royal Geographical Society and the Geographical Association.

Another key feature of the course is its fieldwork component which includes an in depth consideration of how to devise and plan local urban fieldwork and residential fieldwork with a rural and physical geography focus.

All aspects of the PGCE including your school experience will be assessed through our Core ITE Curriculum.

School placements

You will spend two-thirds of your time – at least 120 days – working in schools on block placements gaining valuable real-life experience in schools. You will gain direct teaching experience and work with experienced practitioners in the classroom. School placements are predominantly in West Midlands secondary schools. You will be assigned a trained mentor and/or a tutor while on placement, who will support and guide your work, as well as provide training and feedback.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  1. An undergraduate Honours degree at 2:2 or above from a UK higher education institution, or a recognised equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  2. GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or its equivalent) in English language and mathematics at the point of enrolment.

Full entry requirements can be found on the page for each course on our website: www.bcu.ac.uk/education

Personal qualities

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills?

Other requirements

Applicants must meet the Department for Education’s Initial Teacher Training criteria, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and satisfy all other safeguarding checks required for your course.

While not essential, you may wish to gain some school experience before attending interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

At Birmingham City University’s School of Education and Social Work, we never give up in our aspirations for tomorrow’s teachers. Our student teachers will be ‘the village’ it takes ‘to raise a child’. Training more teachers than anyone else in the region (HESA, 2016), we educate Birmingham, teaching generations of professionals to teach generations of young people.

We’re top 20 in the UK for our undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2020). Our courses are taught by staff who are experienced professionals and maintain links with their sector to ensure you get the most up-to-date learning during your course. Many are research active, contributing to scholarship in education, childhood and youth.

Placements form two-thirds of our PGCE courses, giving you the opportunity to get hands-on and apply and grow your skills in some of our many partnership schools, ensuring you gain experience in a variety of educational settings so that you’re ready for employment when you graduate. We’re located at our City South Campus in Edgbaston, which has recently had a £41 million extension giving us excellent specialist facilities.

Our aim for when you graduate is that you can think for yourself, critically and reflectively determining what’s best, not what’s easiest. Our graduates are very employable, with many taking jobs in the West Midlands.

Join us and let us empower you to inspire future generations.

Interview process

You will be required to attend one interview. Interviews include:

  • exploration of curriculum knowledge
  • discussions about relevant experiences
  • a presentation or small teaching exercise
  • written task

We also look for:

  • good communication skills
  • potential / suitability to be a good teacher
  • robustness to cope with the demands of the course

Please note, we are currently conducting interviews online via Microsoft Teams, further details on how/when will be communicated in due course.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University aims to provide an accessible environment and a range of support services to enable disabled students to participate fully in all activities of the University. We believe a person is only disabled when confronted by negative attitudes and environmental barriers. We are working towards creating a positive, supportive and inclusive learning environment across all the University’s sites and faculties.

Our Student Affairs team offers support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. They also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.

Our campus is fully accessible with accessible toilets (having hoists), hearing loops in lecture theatres and networked assistive technology including Claro Read and Inspiration. In addition, we have PCs at our City South Campus which are designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

For further information and advice, please visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/student-affairs

Contact this training provider

Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 331 5595
Website
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education
Address
15 Bartholomew Row
City Centre
Birmingham
West Midlands
B5 5JU

Support and advice

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