Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school geography curriculum for the 11-16 age range.
Throughout the course you’ll explore different ways to teach geography, including enquiry learning, fieldwork, and using geographical information systems (GIS). You will question issues from how the school environment affects a student’s understanding of geography to who decides the geographical knowledge students learn.
At the start of your course, you’ll usually go on an overnight field trip to help you learn how to plan a trip. This opportunity will allow you to consider logistics, risk assessments, daytime and evening activities, and geographical skills.
On the course, you’ll experience a variety of sessions to help you learn how to teach geography and develop your subject knowledge. Past speakers include people from exam boards, the Royal Meteorological Society, a local branch of the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey (speaking on Geographical Information Systems).
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach your subject at Key Stage 3, GCSE and potentially A/AS-level.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in at least two contrasting school placements as well as the opportunity for additional experience that will prepare you to excel in the classroom.
You can choose University-led or School-led routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Following successful completion of this course, you will achieve 60 masters level credits (one third of a masters degree) and these can contribute to future studies.