The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
If you are passionate about geography this course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students across the 11-16 age range plus post 16 enhancement, with an understanding of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge of key issues including globalisation, global interdependence and how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate. The use and application of GIS is embedded within the course. In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional geographers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority.
You will study ten modules: six are spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.
A key feature of the course are the ‘Special Focus Weeks’ where you can, as geographers, spend time exploring the teaching of geography in a primary school setting and leading fieldwork in the local area with Gifted and Talented pupils, enabling you the time you need to develop your own areas of professional interest.
The programme consists of 36 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. You can also expect to engage with several key strands which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including:
• Extending locational knowledge whilst deepening spatial awareness of key global regions
• Comparing and contrasting human and physical features across the globe
• Exploring key geographical processes relating to physical geography such as coasts and hydrology
• Investigate the complexities of human geography such as population and urbanisation
• Develop a range of geographical skills, ranging from the use of topographical maps to the use of GIS
• Experience a wide range of practical fieldwork
Due to the dynamic nature of geography, you will be provided with opportunities to engage in a range of visits, conferences, experiences and working parties.
All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.
Our lecturers and visiting teachers use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and special projects. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, project work and practical teaching ability.
If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.