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PGCE Secondary Geography

PGCE

Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

Award
PGCE Secondary Geography
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 345L
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a Secondary Geography teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Develop your ability to teach pupils aged 11-16 to meet the QTS Standards.
  • Undertake university-based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range.
  • Enhance your employment prospects - Geography is a consistently popular choice for Secondary pupils.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Geography teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

What you'll learn

Overview

This practical programme will teach you about life in the classroom. You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on your practice, and that of your colleagues, in order to enhance your confidence, refine your teaching and improve pupils' learning.

You’ll learn how to focus on an overarching goal related to teaching Geography, as well as investigating research questions through collaborative and individual practices. You’ll also be given opportunities to explore the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning in Geography.

Pupils' learning is at the heart of the programme. We’ll ask you to consider what ‘understanding’ means and how it can be developed and assessed. When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

University training

The programme provides a carefully structured balance of university and school-based phases. During the first university phase, we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. During the second university phase, we consider teaching and learning at Key Stage 4 and A-level in greater depth.

School training

The school phases are with two different partner schools. The first six-week phase is before Christmas and the second fourteen-week phase runs from February.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in university, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

How will I be taught?

As the programme is practical most of the University sessions can be thought of as workshops. We consider issues related to the engagement and motivation for the learning of Geography and prepare you to be active participants in the Geography education community through networking and engaging with various projects locally, nationally and internationally. We consider how a child’s learning progresses, develops and depends on enthusiastic teaching of the subject, and how teaching styles can aid this. We visit local classrooms to gain insight into these aspects of Geography education and to test the ideas developed.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • Tutorials at key points across the year
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group activities: presentation, group discussion, role-play and collaborative working
  • Independent learning
  • Peer support
  • Developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • Blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva)
  • Observation of teachers’ (including other Bath Spa teachers’) practice
  • Professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Opportunities

Careers

All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high-calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.

Resources

You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £9,250
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Geography or a related subject with at least 50% suitable Geography content. In addition you need A-Level Geography.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or 4 under the new mark scheme) or recognised equivalents in English Language and Maths, and ideally 10 days of school experience in a UK state Secondary school. We also need the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy to be passed, but these can be taken after interview. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

Non-academic requirements

The love of and competency in Geography is one of the most important aspects of being a good Geography teacher. You’ll be enthusiastic about Geography and working with children, with recent experience of observing and/or working in schools. 

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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