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Secondary Geography (QTS) PGCE

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Earth Sciences / Geography Teaching Teaching In Secondary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

This course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students with an understanding of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge of key issues including globalisation, global interdependence and how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate. The use and application of GIS is embedded within the course. In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional geographers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.

A key feature of the course are the ‘Special Focus Weeks’ where you can, as geographers, spend time exploring the teaching of geography in a primary school setting and leading fieldwork in the local area with Gifted and Talented pupils, enabling you the time you need to develop your own areas of professional interest. You can also expect to engage with several key strands which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including: extending locational knowledge whilst deepening spatial awareness of key global regions; comparing and contrasting human and physical features across the globe; exploring key geographical processes relating to physical geography such as coasts and hydrology; investigate the complexities of human geography such as population and urbanization; develop a range of geographical skills, ranging from the use of topographical maps to the use of GIS; experience a wide range of practical fieldwork

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module allows trainee teachers to develop, practice and demonstrate their professional competences as a secondary school teacher through work in schools and classrooms over an 11 week experience. This module is organised so that the trainees will be responsible for teaching pupils and fulfilling the duties expected of a teacher. During the placement they will have the opportunity, supported by School Based Mentors, Class teachers and subject leaders to demonstrate the qualities and skills necessary to manage pupils monitor their learning and reflect upon and evaluate their knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements. They will demonstrate expertise in the pastoral and professional duties of a teacher and continue to acquire and develop skills in monitoring pupil?s progress.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a recognised equivalent qualification.