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Geography (PGCE)

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Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield
Next course starts
9 September 2024

About this course

Gain the knowledge and skills to become a fully qualified geography teacher on this PGCE Secondary course at the University of Southampton. You’ll divide your time between school placements and the University as you learn how to teach secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16 (Key Stages 3 and 4). With this qualification you’ll be able to teach in academy, state-maintained, independent and special schools in England and Wales.

On this Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) geography teacher training course you’ll learn how to be a geography teacher at secondary school level within the UK’s National Curriculum for Geography framework. 

You’ll build on your existing knowledge of geography and learn the most effective methods for helping young people to understand and enjoy the subject. 

Your training will also teach you essential skills such as: 

  • managing the classroom 
  • monitoring and assessing pupils 
  • teaching inclusively 

You'll spend a minimum of 120 days in placement schools in the Southampton area, where you’ll observe lessons and work with small groups of pupils before being gradually being introduced to whole-class teaching. You’ll have the support of a school-based mentor throughout your placements. 

The rest of your time will be spent at the University, where we'll prepare you for your placements, evaluate your school-based work, and develop subject-specific skills and good practice.  

As a research-led University we undertake a continuous review of our courses to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this course may be revised however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when and how we might make changes.

Course lead

Your course leader is Emma Rawlings Smith, a lecturer in sustainability and geography education at the Southampton Education School. Read Emma's staff profile to find out more about her teaching and research interests.

Accreditations

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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