Taught course

PGCE Secondary Geography with QTS

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)

Entry requirements

Degree

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.

GCSEs
You will also need GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. However, applicants are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course as we can offer MMU GCSE Equivalency tests.

We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills.

Applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU 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.

Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest updates.

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.

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.

Other requirements

  • 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

Overseas candidates should have Cambridge Proficiency in English, IELTS Band 7, or Pitmans Advanced.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the geography secondary school 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, Royal Meteorological Society, and local branch of the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey (speaking on Geographical Information Systems).

You won’t simply 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 at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

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 and course duration

PGCE(QTS)

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969