Taught course


Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty of Development and Society

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Entry requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must also

• hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of geography
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in geographical related studies or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designated 11-16 with post- 16 enhancement. This means that you will be trained to teach Geography and will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards at KS3 and KS4 across the 11-16 age range .Your timetable at school will include teaching at KS3 and KS4. In addition to this you will have a post-16 experience. The majority of trainees are placed in an 11-18 school for one of their periods of school based training and will be involved in planning, teaching and assisting in KS5 lessons. For the minority, who are not placed in an 11-18 school a four day placement will be organised in a post-16 setting. You will also be supported in preparing to teach at KS5 through the subject knowledge and pedagogy sessions at the University. You will not be assessed against the Teachers' Standards at K55. Through university-based sessions, independent study and school based training placements, you will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils across the ability range in secondary school settings. As geography is an English Baccalaureate (EBACC) subject and a priority subject nationally, employment prospects for qualified geography teachers are very good.

Information for international students

Please visit our website at https://www.shu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding.

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees-scholarships-and-discounts to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Development and Society
+44 (0)114 225 5555