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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Geography

Course type


Course Summary

Stimulating young minds and watching pupils grow in confidence and achieve their full potential - that’s what secondary education is all about. It can be a challenging profession, but also one of the most rewarding.

Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least 120 days (minimum 24 weeks) on school placement and 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.

Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice, helping you understand the optimum ways pupils learn.

You’ll discover how pupils best learn geography, and how to best support and guide them. You’ll also develop your own strategies to make learning geography a satisfying, engaging and challenging experience.


Our one-year, full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Geography programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach geography to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – plus the option of additional experience of A-Level geography teaching. Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

On this course you will learn the importance of enquiry, creativity, inclusivity, outdoor learning and digital technologies such as GIS in the teaching and learning of geography.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Secondary PGCE (M) prepares trainees to teach pupils from 11-16 years, with post-16 enhancement. We work in partnership with schools in the region, where trainees are based for their teaching experience. Two main placement schools are assigned to ensure that trainees meet with two contrasting environments. Trainees are supported by school-based link teachers and mentors and university tutors on placement.

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have: 2:2 or above preferred in Geography or a related subject. Students are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. A first degree in Geography or a related subject is required. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries. Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more