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PGCE Secondary Geography

Course Description

Gain a PGCE and qualified teacher status (QTS) as a geography teacher with experience across key stages three to four, and support for preparing to teach in key stage five. Through university-based sessions, independent study and placements, you develop the skills and knowledge to teach pupils with a range of abilities in secondary school and college settings. As geography is an English Baccalaureate (EBACC) subject and a priority subject nationally, employment prospects for qualified geography teachers are very good.

This course helps you to become a geography teacher passionately committed to the subject and able to teach confidently, meaningfully and creatively to 11-18 year olds in secondary school and college settings.
Teaching is shared between the University and partner schools across the region. University subject training is not lecture-based learning theory, but instead allows you to creatively explore practice in supportive small group settings. University trained school-based mentors support you in school placements to complement your academic study. Your learning is practical and you have opportunities to critically reflect on your developing classroom practice with fellow trainee teachers.

On the course you
-Learn how to plan, teach and assess geography across key stages three and four in an engaging way.
-Learn how to plan individual lessons and sequences of lessons.
-Understand and critically evaluate different approaches to teaching and learning, approaches to behaviour management, assessment, differentiation and challenge to meet the needs of different students.
-Assess student learning and progress in individual lessons and over time.
-Gain up to date knowledge of the key stage three National Curriculum, GCSE and A Level examination systems and requirements.
-Further develop an understanding of how geographic information systems (GIS) can be incorporated into lessons.
-Develop an understanding of the wider role of teachers in school.
-Gain knowledge and understanding about different types of schools within the wider education system.
-Have the opportunity to participate in a weekend residential field trip to Cranedale in North Yorkshire to develop your knowledge and understanding of leading purposeful fieldwork. Many trainee teachers also have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork organised through school placements whilst in school.

We help you develop the skills and knowledge to become a successful teacher of students of all abilities. You build your enthusiasm and interest to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to successfully teach geography in an interesting and engaging way.
You also gain self-evaluation and critical reflection skills and complete a newly qualified teacher (NQT) development plan. This supports your transition into the NQT year in school on successful completion of the course.

School placements are an integral part of the course. You complete two teaching placements – one between October and December and the second longer placement from January to June. During this time you are supported by a University-trained mentor who will hold weekly meetings and observe you in order to provide regular feedback. You are also supported by your academic tutor throughout the year. By the end of two school placements you are able to show how you meet the Teachers’ Standards that are required by this course in order to enter the profession. We have strong partnerships with secondary schools and colleges across the region.

Your placements are complemented by university and academic based study that includes teaching sessions, seminars, group study and tutorials. The course is assessed by a combination of written academic assignments and successful completion of school based placements. On successful completion of the course you gain either the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE). Both qualifications allow you to achieve QTS, but the PGCE also gives you 60 masters level credits, which you can use towards a masters degree.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-geography

Course structure

Full time – 1 year
Starts September

-Developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and subject pedagogy in geography education
-Developing and reflecting on professional practice
-School based training placements

We support your work in schools with a programme of preparation and support. You experience various school placements, including at least two continuous blocks of time on teaching practice. These are in two different schools and usually require some travelling within the region.

-Two written assignments of 4000 words each.
-Formal classroom observations.
-Completion of the professional development portfolio and professional studies tasks.

Other admission requirements

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in geography studies-related or other educational activities. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page. We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PGCE Secondary Geography page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You must also: hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of geography, successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. See course description for further admission details.

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