Secondary Geography PGCE

Course Introduction

This Geography PGCE course combines the development of professional skills needed to teach the subject together with knowledge of contemporary issues in geographical education.

Why study Secondary Geography?

Our Geography PGCE course aims to prepare you with the practical skills needed to help foster the 'geographical imagination' of young people. This is achieved by teaching this vibrant and exciting subject in an innovative way to support pupil learning. In addition, it explores current debates and research to help understand the purpose of teaching geography and support trainees in their school placements.

Through critical reflection the programme makes links with literacy, citizenship and sustainability, highlighting the importance of geography in helping young people to become more informed global citizens. Geography PGCE trainees are assessed on their ability to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range, but opportunities for A Level teaching is also included in the programme as appropriate.

Why St Mary's?

The Geography PGCE programme covers all aspects of geography teaching with an emphasis on developing an enquiry approach to learning using fieldwork and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to support practical activities and strategies for use in the contemporary classroom. Trainees will be encouraged to use a range of techniques and approaches creatively to teach a wide variety of geographical topics.

Key features include an emphasis on assessment for learning as a tool for development, and on effective planning for the whole ability range to facilitate progress. The experienced geography tutor works in close partnership with trainees, the PGCE secondary team and the placement schools.

Assessment methods

Trainees are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status by successfully meeting the Teachers? Standards (DfE). Continuous assessment throughout the programme will determine success.

Master's level assignments complement the work in schools and assist in meeting the Teachers? Standards. These assignments aim to encourage you to be thoughtful and reflective, but also reinforce the evidence-based nature of the course assessment.

Career opportunities

The quality of the provision at St Mary?s is valued by our trainees and schools, resulting in high levels (over 70%) of NQT employment in our partnership schools. Employment rates following the PGCE course are consistently over 90% in teaching roles.

On the programme you will study two Master's' modules leading to 60 credits at postgraduate level. You will have the opportunity to further your postgraduate studies in your career as these credits are transferable.

At the end of the PGCE course, you will have the opportunity to complete a three-week placement in a special education setting. This is highly valued by trainee teachers to broaden their understanding of specific learning needs for some learners.

Start Date

2020-SEP-02.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education £9,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education £9,250 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education £12,730 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students are expected to have a good degree in Geography (2:2 or above) or a related subject. GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at level 4 (grade C if taken before 2017) or above or equivalent.
  • International entry requirements: Students are expected to have a good degree in Geography (2:2 or above) or a related subject. GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at level 4 (grade C if taken before 2017) or above or equivalent. Students whose first Language is not English they need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).