PGCE Secondary Geography - Bath Spa University

PGCE Secondary Geography


Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

PGCE Secondary Geography
Campus or location
Sion Hill 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 "Outstanding" teacher training PGCE.

  • Develop your ability to teach pupils aged 11-16 to meet the QTS teacher training standards.
  • Undertake university-based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range.
  • You could be eligible for substantial bursaries / scholarships, depending on your highest relevant academic award.*

Applications currently closed

Please note that applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open shortly.

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Thank you for changing lives

We're giving trainee teachers who start at Bath Spa University in September 2020 a £500 Thank You Scholarship for choosing to become a teacher.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated teacher training 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.

*Visit Get Into Teaching for more details.

What you'll learn


This one-year PGCE with QTS will enable you to teach Geography in a secondary school with post-16 enhancement. The programme also offers 60 Level-7 credits with the chance to continue to a full Master’s degree.

This practical PGCE will teach you about life in the Geography classroom. You'll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on your practice in order to improve your teaching and 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), and in particular Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 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 phase is before Christmas and the second 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
  • Our electronic Professional Learning and Practice Portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge 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.



This Secondary teacher training course produces outstanding teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to face the challenges of the twenty-first-century teacher.

On successful completion of the programme, you'll be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Level 7), with a recommendation to the Department for Education for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education-based employment.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher, you'll learn in a variety of locations within our wide partnership, both at the University and in schools.

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


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £9,250
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

International students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £13,700
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

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 good honours degree or above in Geography or a related subject with at least 50% suitable Geography content. In addition, you'll need A-Level Geography.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above or recognised equivalents in English Language and Mathematics. We also need the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy to be passed, but these can be taken after interview. 

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 need to be enthusiastic about Geography and working with children. 

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.

Get ahead

Experience observing and/or working in schools is recommended and will enhance your application.

Personal statement

You’ll need to apply through UCAS teacher training. Your completed application must include details of your qualifications, your personal statement and your reference.

Your personal statement is your chance to show your motivation, readiness and commitment to becoming a Geography teacher. We want to hear about why you are applying, what makes you suitable for the course, and any relevant skills and experience you can bring to your studies.

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