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Geography (PGCE)

Award
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield
Next course starts
12 September 2022

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.  

Course lead

Your course leader is Eluned Pickup, a senior teaching fellow in Southampton Education School. She has almost 30 years’ experience as a teacher in secondary schools. Read Eluned Pickup’s staff profile to find out more about her work.

Accreditations

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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