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Secondary Geography (PGCE)

Course Description

Liverpool Hope University is one of the country’s leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. The PGCE is a postgraduate qualification which is aimed at high quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in secondary teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from early September to late June. Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with partners in local schools. At its most recent Ofsted inspection the PGCE Secondary programme achieved the highest accolade and was awarded a Grade 1 in recognition of the high standard of management and quality assurance.

The PGCE (Secondary) programme comprises a fully integrated course of Initial Professional Development, subject-specific pedagogy and school-based learning which encourages student teachers to apply their theoretic understanding to practical situations.

Initial Professional Development (IPD): This part of the programme covers general aspects of becoming a teacher. It is largely lecture-based supported by discussion-based seminars with an assigned professional tutor. IPD develops the student teacher’s knowledge and understanding of a range of key issues in education.

Geography Specialism: Far from being a ‘tips for teachers’ approach the PGCE programme will support students to consider the pedagogy of Geography in depth. This part of the course aims to develop subject knowledge and equip student teachers with the skills necessary to become reflective and effective teachers of Geography across the 11 – 18 age range. In the most recent Ofsted inspection all aspects of provision in PGCE (Secondary) Geography at Liverpool Hope University were judged to be ‘Good’.

School-based Learning: Fundamental to this programme is a very close relationship with local secondary schools and post 16 providers. Tutors and mentors from these schools collaborate to ensure that student teachers have ample supported opportunities to apply what they learn in theory sessions to the role of a teacher in school. Student teachers do their school-based learning in at least two schools ensuring a breadth of experience. Tutors with particular expertise in teaching Geography guide and work alongside students to formulate individualised plans which focus on their specific development needs.

Visit the Secondary Geography (PGCE) page on the Liverpool Hope University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

· Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE (or equivalent)· First degree (usually 2.1 or above) incorporating at least 50% Geography (human and physical)· Experience of observation in a mainstream secondary state school· Knowledge of the Geography curriculum· The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of Geography· The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English. It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process.

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