The PGCE course in Geography is an integrated programme of University and school-based work. The course is designed with periods in University to give you the opportunity to reflect on your development.
University sessions focus on a wide range of areas which include learning how to:
- plan and deliver an engaging curriculum
- embed education for sustainable development
- manage young people’s behaviour constructively
- encourage young people to carry on studying Geography beyond Key Stage 3
- make sure that the needs of the young people you work with are met
You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning outside the classroom and fieldwork skills, by designing and completing fieldwork with other trainees in a range of settings, including visits to Worcester Cathedral, the Lakeside Campus, Worcester City and Preston Montford FSC centre. You will experience the importance of geographical enquiry and develop resources to assist with your teaching.
The overall aim of the course is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of your teaching career. The course should ensure you are able to:
- Understand the nature of the subject in professional terms
- Develop confidence and expertise in the teaching of geography and education for sustainable development
- Investigate and understand ‘Thinking Geographically’
You will gain an understanding of developments affecting the National Curriculum for Geography along with GCSE and A-level specifications. You will gain an awareness and understanding of pupils’ achievements and challenges. You will become familiar with the use of a range of assessment techniques.
A geography subject development course is available to anyone who would benefit from updating their geographical knowledge. This would also be advantageous to anyone who has specialised in either Physical, Human or Environmental Geography.
Visit our website to find out more: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/pgce-secondary-geography
You will be trained to teach 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.
Career opportunities: An integral part of the course is to support you in gaining a post as a teacher. At the end of the course we will support you in your transition from the PGCE year into your first teaching post, and beyond.
Assessment: You will be assessed on your teaching practice and two academic assignments: creating teaching resources that will help pupils to learn a particular topic; and engaging in reviewing the teaching strategies that are effective in your subject.