This course combines the development of professional skills needed to teach Geography in the classroom, together with a more theoretical knowledge of contemporary issues in geographical education, and an understanding of how pupils learn best.
The course prepares trainees with the practical skills and subject specific pedagogical knowledge needed for good curriculum design and development, to help foster a 'geographical imagination' in young people to become more informed global citizens. It explores current debates in educational research to understand effective ways of teaching Geography. Trainees complete two contrasting school placements of at least 120 days, supported by an experienced school mentor, who works in close partnership with the St Mary’s Geography tutor.
Through critical reflection the programme makes links with literacy, citizenship and sustainability, highlighting the importance of geography in helping young people to become more informed global citizens. The trainees are assessed on their ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, with additional opportunities for A Level teaching available. Trainees also undertake two 30 credit Master’s - level modules, with an additional optional 30 credit module available, totalling a possible 90 credits, which can be carried forward onto the full Master’s programme at St Mary’s.
Distinctive features of the course include;
• Innovative and imaginative use of ICT is encouraged, including GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and the use of free apps for fieldwork supported by university sessions run by experts.
• Varied and dynamic fieldwork opportunities including a local visit to NE London and a residential trip organised in association with the Field Studies Council to Somerset, with an emphasis on developing an enquiry approach.
• Strong 'Geography Community' developed with local partnership schools, linked to the Twickenham GA branch.
• Significant teaching input by successful subject specialists and local Geography teachers.
• Close links with both the Geographical Association (GA) and Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
• Strong focus on subject knowledge development with dedicated top-up sessions
• Opportunity to teach in Ghana, complete a two week SEND placement and attend an academic reading club.
• Meaningful and practical links with Primary Geography courses at St Mary’s.
• An on-line 8 and 16 week ‘St Mary’s Subject Knowledge Enhancement’ course available to prepare applicants for the PGCE.
St. Mary's University has been graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted for the Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes.
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