The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE Geography course is offered as either a 1 year full-time programme or for 2 years part time.
Successful candidates are awarded Qualified
Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.
We believe that Geography helps young people make sense of the world: from the fascinating power of earth-shaping forces, to the contemporary challenges of climate change, food security and energy choices, Geography provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to help pupils navigate their future. The importance of the subject is recognised by its inclusion in the English Baccalaureate, and its popularity evidenced by a rise in Geography exam entries. At Sussex, our approach to the subject roots Geography education in real-world enquiry, decision-making and a commitment to out-of-classroom learning through which young people become more aware of their place within their local, as well as their global, community.
The Sussex PGCE aims to produce creative, inspiring, highly skilled and rigorous, Geography teachers. We introduce trainees to a range of teaching and learning strategies, including the use of data handling (cartographic, numerical, visual, digital) and analytical skills. Sessions are taught both on and off campus with fieldwork an important component, including a residential weekend.
Integrating education theory and practice and encouraging critical reflection on approaches to learning and teaching is key to the Sussex approach. Excellent teachers from partnership schools are seconded to the tutor team and contribute additional currency to teaching and trainee support.
You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your school placement.
Thereafter our full-time candidates spend Monday to Thursday each week training in one of our partnership schools and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. Part-time candidates also attend the university on Fridays and train for two days a week in school in year 1 and three days in year 2.
Over the year you will be placed in two different schools and will be required to pass both placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.
Further course information http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/drama
Geography Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course