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PGCE Secondary Geography

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

Other requirements:

. Appropriate post-16 qualifications, A-level Geography desirable
. You will need to have at least 2 weeks experience in UK Secondary schools
undertaken in the two years prior to admission
. An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
. Excellent inter-personal skills.
. An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a Secondary school.
. An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers .
. Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.
. Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.
. A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

This course enables trainees to become proficient and imaginative teachers of geography in secondary schools. Geography is a popular subject, and appears among the popular choices at GCSE and 16-19. A residential experience at a youth hostel to consider the management of fieldwork and practice in completing risk assessments forms part of the training. We have a national reputation for secondary teacher education based on an effective school partnership structure and wide range of subject disciplines. Our PGCE secondary provision was rated 'outstanding' in the 2011 Ofsted Inspection.

We offer a structured course of taught sessions that aims to develop geography teachers who are competent, confident, innovative and able to reflect honestly in terms of professional teaching practice.

The university-based element of the course examines the nature and content of school geography, investigating a range of approaches to teaching and learning. You are introduced to strategies for developing schemes of work and individual lesson plans, together with associated forms of assessment for learning.

You will experience a range of placements in all phases of the course, including two constrasting secondary schools, a primary school and some post-16 experience.

This course has an excellent reputation and is highly regarding by employers. Most of our trainee teachers go on to employment as specialist geography teachers in secondary schools.

As part of this PGCE you will gain 60 Masters level credits (one third of a Masters Degree) which can be used as a stepping stone to higher academic and professional awards and career development.

Our flexible, part-time continuing professional development programme includes:

MA Education specially designed for recently qualified teachers and those in their first five years of teaching.
MAs in Educational Leadership and Management and Inclusive Education & Special Education Needs.
Opportunities to study to PhD level at our Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10.

School placements are central to the course. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. Course includes 60 M-level CATS points, or one third of a Master's degree
. Practice placements offered in a diverse range of school and college settings
. Residential experience at a youth hostel for fieldwork management and risk assessment training
. Access to Alumni Support Programme in your first year of teaching

Visit the PGCE Secondary Geography page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 or above, or equivalent in Geography (or if in closely related subjects such as Environmental Science, Applied Geology or Urban Studies, an identifiable level of engagement with Geography modules). Holders of graduate-level professional qualifications will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Evidence is required of relevant experience in a UK secondary school. English Language and Mathematics, Grades C or above at point of application.

Course Fees

Full-time UK students: £9,000. Non-EU international Students: £12,500

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