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Secondary Geography with QTS - PGCE


Course Description

The aim of the course is to prepare you to become a confident and excellent secondary school teacher of geography. Excellent subject knowledge, passion for education and an ability to adapt to a professional role are essential requirements for this course. The programme is designed to give you the tools to pass on your own passion for Geography to your students.

We believe that geography is a key part of the national curriculum and that it is a perfect vehicle for developing pupils into ambitious, creative, ethical and confident young people.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Features

A PGCE in secondary geography at UWTSD Swansea allows you to gain all of the essential knowledge, understanding and practical experience to enter the teaching profession.

The course is divided into a theoretical university based section and two school-based practical experiences. Whilst on the course you will work closely with other students who will provide you with a support network throughout the year.

The university based section is delivered by experienced staff members who are fully dedicated to your development as a professional.

You will gain tutorage in all aspects of planning and delivering the geography curriculum, and you will develop a thorough understanding of practical issues such as assessment, behaviour management and key organisational skills. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to experience expert guidance in all matters related to your wider professional development as a teacher.

During the school based placements you will have the opportunity to teach under the close guidance of a trained subject mentor. This experience will be graduated in nature so you will start with a limited timetable and work up to a majority timetable by the end of the course.

You will have the opportunity to teach key stages 3 and 4, with key stage 5 experience also available to most trainees. You will work in two different schools that will chosen by your tutor according to your individual needs.

Our programme is the largest of its kind in Wales and we are in the ideal position for students to access schools across the South Wales region. We have the best employment rate of all of the Initial Teacher Training and Education centres in Wales, and you will be given support in finding employment upon successful completion of the course.

Our staff members have a wide range of skills and expertise including: very recent teaching experience, inspection participation, INSET training for practicing teachers, advisory/consultant experience, and setting, marking and moderation work with major exam boards.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Visit the Secondary Geography with QTS - PGCE page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katie Pritchard

the journey of the course has been very rewarding, both professionally and personally. It has been self-satisfying to feel the progress I have made during the course. I have grown as a person and as a newly qualified teaching professional.


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Entry Requirements

Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to Geography are generally expected. The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is a second class honours degree in Geography or a related subject e.g. Geology, development studies. A-Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as Btec Advanced will also be taken into account.

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