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You will normally have a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification. Your degree needs to support the subject knowledge requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography. For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations, we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English language and mathematics. However, you may be able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer Manchester Met GCSE Equivalency tests. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor, and only offered if considered appropriate after interview.
We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills.
You can apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances Manchester Met GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview.
Experience in educational settings
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting.
You may wish to evidence your understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course
We also offer an eight week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course during the summer prior to the PGCE course. This allows applicants who may have worked in industry for some time, or who have not covered all aspects of required subject knowledge as part of their degree, to ensure they are up to date with all subject requirements and will have the ability to teach the full range of topics with confidence.
Who is this for?
- Graduates with degrees that contain less than 50% geography
- Career changers who are interested in teaching, but lack up to date subject knowledge in geography
- Those with experience within geographical, environmental fields who are thinking about teaching and would like to be updated with school geography.
Funding for SKE courses
The SKE courses have previously been subject to funding by the Department for Education.
The current position is the Department of Education has not confirmed the SKE funding package available for SKE candidates starting in 2021, and will not do so until the end of the 2020 calendar year. Funding is dependent on the government’s ‘Spending Review’, which is currently underway. Therefore, funding for SKE and the subjects available, may change.
We will update this guidance once the government’s ongoing Spending Review is concluded. All information in the directory is therefore subject to change and will be updated for academic year 2020 to 2021 once the funding position has been confirmed.
- Appropriate post-16 qualifications, A-level Geography desirable.
- An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
- Excellent inter-personal skills.
- An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenge of teaching in a Secondary school.
- An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers .
- Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment.
- Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English or IELTS Band 7 with no less than 6.0 in any element.
You will be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. Full details of your interview will be provided by email once your initial application has been approved.
Months of entry
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school geography curriculum.
You’ll explore ways to teach geography, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and how to use technologies.
Some of the topics you’ll study include enquiry learning, thinking skills, fieldwork, and geographical knowledge. You’ll question issues from how the school environment affects a student’s understanding of geography to who decides the geographical knowledge students learn.
In September, you’ll usually go on an overnight field trip to help you learn how to plan a trip. You’ll consider logistics, risk assessments, daytime and evening activities, and geographical skills.
You’ll have a series of guest lectures to help you learn how to teach geography and develop your subject knowledge. Past guests include people from exam boards, the Royal Meteorological Society, a local branch of the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey (speaking on Geographical Information Systems).
You won’t only learn ways to teach your class cartographic skills or the differences between abrasion and plucking though – you’ll teach in schools too.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.
This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct routes.
Information for international students
Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.
Fees and funding
For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
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