Our popular Geography course is taught by experienced and friendly staff, who were all successful teachers and maintain strong links with schools. You will join a community of students at our IMMarsh campus and become part of our LJMU Partnership school family, with whom we work very closely.
LJMU is unique in the North West in offering a Post Graduate Diploma in Education together with Qualified Teacher Status. This means that our Chemistry teaching graduates are already two thirds of the way towards a Masters, which many go on to complete during their early career.
The Geography PGDE begins with a 3 week induction period at the University. Following induction and up until January, student teachers normally spend Fridays (and sometimes the occasional full week) at the University and the other 4 days in school. Later in the year, students return to the University for additional full training weeks, but spend the majority of time (at least 120 days) in schools.
The Geography programme will focus predominantly on developing your subject knowledge and subject pedagogy so that you have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a confident Geography teacher. This includes experience of fieldwork. In addition, workshops and seminars will develop your confidence in a range of relevant issues; classroom and behaviour management; meeting individual needs and inclusion; planning and assessment etc. There is a strong emphasis on social justice issues in education and on mental health and well-being. We want you to develop into an inclusive and reflective teacher, with the skills, energy and resilience needed to make a real difference in schools.
In order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, you will demonstrate that you are able to meet all the requirements of the Teachers’ Standards. This aspect of assessment is largely undertaken by our school-based mentors. LJMU staff are in regular contact with all trainees on placement, undertake co-observations of their teaching and Quality Assure the school-based training across the Partnership.
The Postgraduate Diploma is assessed through 4 Modules. The course team and our Partnership schools have worked together to ensure that this gold standard teacher training PGDE Award remains both relevant and manageable. The Award of QTS is integral to one of these academic Modules. You will also complete two essays, (one of which focuses on the development of a Scheme of Work) and deliver a case-study presentation.