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Initial Teacher Training - Geography: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • usually a minimum 2:2 honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Geography-related discipline, normally with significant content in your chosen subject area
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience
  • to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. For further details see Get into Teaching
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants
  • Original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • IELTS score 7.0 (Minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

Months of entry


Course content

This programme prepares you for a rewarding career as an effective and inspirational teacher of Geography. You will have opportunities to learn from current practitioners and external speakers who are at the forefront of geographical education. Working with experienced professionals you will explore how teaching and learning enables pupils to apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes of Geography both inside and outside the classroom.

During your training you will focus on the various approaches and pedagogies for Geography, emphasising the practical application of theoretical work. A sequence of micro-teaching experiences will allow you to develop and share with peers, your understanding of learning and teaching strategies that support effective practice in the classroom.You will also explore signature pedagogies such as enquiry and field techniques. These sessions will help to deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Geography in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for your subject. You will explore how Geography deepens student understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

The subject knowledge sessions in the programme focus on common misconceptions held by Secondary Geography students and emphasise active learning and investigative teaching. As well as broadening your own geographical knowledge, these sessions introduce you to strategies that allow you to make your subject knowledge as accessible and practical as possible to students.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090