Our PGCE Secondary Geography course prepares you to teach in the 11 - 16 age phase. It may be possible to gain experience of teaching post 16 during your PGCE and the qualification does not preclude you from teaching post 16 once employed. There are two stages to the course.
Stage A – Introduction to teaching
You’ll spend your first five weeks at University preparing you for your school-based training. You’ll also spend several days in your placement school.
Your training will focus on:
Professional Education Studies
Using an innovative and supportive model of training means you’ll get school experience from very early on along with support and tuition from University and subject experts. You’ll start a school placement three days a week, extending to four days a week.
Subject knowledge and applied pedagogy
You will get a good understanding of what it means to teach your subject. You’ll study the school curriculum and understand how other expert teachers have taught it successfully. You’ll learn how to plan sequences of learning that address the needs of your pupils so you can develop your practice and have a positive impact on their learning.
You’ll put into practice what you’ve learnt so far in a collaborative working environment, working closely with your subject mentor based in your school. You’ll benefit from the support and expertise of your subject tutor, and your subject peer group at University one day a week.
Stage B – Developing your knowledge and preparing for your new career
You’ll build on the knowledge you’ve already developed to prepare for your next school-based training block. After an initial week at University, you’ll start your second placement.
You’ll again spend time in a school for one week to observe and familiarise yourself with the routine and teaching practice.
You’ll deepen your knowledge of how students learn, and extend your practice in helping that learning, in a new context. This long placement from January until June gives you the chance to develop your practice in a school, and with pupils that you will get to know really well. This gives you a very good opportunity to make a positive impact on progress in that school.
You’ll teach more lessons, ensuring that you’re teaching classes from both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. At this point, you’ll become more of an independent practitioner.