University of Southampton Geography (F8X1)

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

The Southampton University Led Secondary M level PGCE provides an excellent route into teaching which will equip you with the latest research and practice. The course has consistently been rated highly by former trainees and has been successful in a series of recent Ofsted inspections. Our PGCE Secondary programme is designed and taught jointly by the Southampton Education School in partnership with over 125 schools across the region in eight different subject areas, and has a very good track record of moving successful trainees into employment, locally and beyond. You’ll engage with research-led approaches to enhance the quality of teaching you can offer your students and begin your career with confidence. Two thirds of the PGCE is spent in two school placements, starting in October, under the guidance of curriculum mentors who are all experienced classroom teachers. One third is spent training with the university, under the guidance of curriculum tutors, who all have extensive school teaching experience.

Our PGCE Secondary Geography course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach Geography across the 11-16 age range, including some opportunities to know more about 16-19 teaching. The course is designed to develop geography teachers that have a clear and well-founded understanding of their subject and how to teach it. We aim for reflective and dynamic practitioners willing to use a variety of teaching strategies to inspire all students. Our course is mapped to the Core Content Framework (CCF) and covers all aspects of geography teaching, ensuring that you are confident in delivering relevant areas of human and physical geography using research informed pedagogical practices. On completion of your PGCE you will have a clear understanding of the problems pupils encounter in understanding geography, be prepared to find ways to overcome these difficulties and ensure students make progress. In a combined effort from the university and our partnership schools, we develop your subject and pedagogical knowledge through a variety of engaging approaches including interactive teaching, group discussions, micro-teaching and independent and collaborative exploration of secondary school geography. Please visit our webpage for further information:

School placements

You’ll be placed in schools for most of your course. Your school placements will be within commuting distance.

You can’t pick which schools you want to be in, but your university will try to take your journey time into consideration.

Universities can work with over 100 potential placement schools. Most will be within 10 miles of the university, but sometimes they can cover a wider area, especially outside of cities.

This university is based in Southampton. Our partnership covers an extensive area, which enables us to offer a wide range of school experiences, from large urban secondary schools to smaller rural schools.

Each trainee undertakes two block placements in schools within our Partnership. We aim to provide schools that offer contrasting placement experiences in order to develop a breadth and range of skills. During the placement blocks, one day per week is dedicated to training with the university in either curriculum or professional development. A regular programme of school based professional training is also delivered whilst trainees are on placement. Whilst on placement, each trainee is allocated a mentor from their subject area and a professional mentor to oversee the professional training. Trainees will also receive visits from their university tutor to support them in their teaching and professional development.

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.

If applicants do not have the required GCSEs (English and Mathematics or equivalent qualifications they will be required to take an Equivalency test. Accepted Equivalency tests are offered by a third party, please see our University website for specific information about this. Any cost associated with these tests is covered by the applicant. If you believe you may need an equivalency test please get in contact with us.

Personal qualities

Prospective trainee teachers should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in working with young people and a passion for their subject. Other important personal qualities include resilience, strong organisational and time-keeping skills and a commitment to their own learning.

Other requirements

You will be required to obtain:

  • complete a form describing your state of health which will be checked against the DfE Fitness to Teach regulations
  • to provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which should bar you from teaching. Visit for more information.

These must be completed before commencement of the programme to which you have applied.

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 £22,136

If offered a place after attending an interview you will additionally need to obtain an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and be required to completed an Health check. Please note, the cost of the DBS clearance and Health check is covered by the applicant.

About the training provider

Our ITE department is a dynamic and thriving community of professional educators and researchers. Southampton Education School has been placed in the top 100 universities in the World (QS Rankings). This adds to our UK ranking of 4th in the UK for Education from the Complete University Guide, 2022. National Student Survey outcomes puts Southampton Education School at 1st place in the Russell Group.(NSS 2022)

Why come to Southampton?

  • Our Tutors. Trainee Teachers rate tutor dedication and commitment extremely highly, External Examiners praise the time and effort that Tutors devote to Trainees and Ofsted recognises the ‘high quality mentoring and support’ offered.
  • Our quality of teaching and our diverse partnerships and placements. Our Tutors are all Teachers. We implement new research or theories in our teaching and Partnership schools. This partnership is key to our success, and the Mentors that we work are experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic.
  • Our commitment to Health and Wellbeing of our trainee teachers and students. This is central to producing outstanding teachers and happy students who can make progress and succeed.
  • Our scope to personalise and individualise your learning on your Programme. Every Trainee Teacher is unique, and we want every trainee to be the best teacher that they can be. We achieve this by personalising our programmes to suit you.
  • Our commitment to ‘Student Voice’. We actively encourage trainees to work with us to make our courses even better.
  • Employability. Almost 100% of our Trainees get jobs.

Interview process

At interview, candidates will meet the tutor team and learn about key elements of the programme, including how trainees are supported and developed, how placements work and how trainees are assessed. Each candidate will give a short presentation related to their curriculum subject and will complete a written task followed by an individual interview with subject tutors.

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

At Southampton we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. SEND is a very important element of our training throughout the PGCE, and trainees who have personal experiences of SEND are of real benefit to our programmes, as they bring a wealth of experience.

How are Trainee Teachers with disabilities and other needs supported?

  • Neurodiverse Trainees (including Trainees with dyslexia, ADHD and ASD) meet together for an informal session, led by a tutor with significant SEND experience. This group supports one another throughout the course, with individual, personalised, input from the tutor as required.
  • Trainees with Physical Disabilities are always accommodated as appropriate and a wide variety of modifications are available. For example, a student with a hearing impairment may be supported by our Student Disability and Wellbeing Team, as well as by their Personal Academic Tutor with services such as remote transcription available - we work with individuals to ensure that their needs are met both when in University and when teaching in schools.
  • We recognise that teaching can be stressful. The University offers a variety of services for Trainees who may be suffering from anxiety or depression, for example trainees can access talking therapies via the Student Disability and Wellbeing Team. Trainees are also encouraged to make full use of their Personal Academic Tutor.
  • The course team are able to personalise many aspects of the programme, to accommodate need on an individual basis, to enable successful completion of the course.

Contact this training provider

023 8059 4732
Southampton Education School
SO17 1BJ

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).

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.