Taught course

PGCE Geography

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject is required. Preference will be given to those with a first or second class degree, but you may be considered with a lower classification if you also have a Master's or doctoral degree. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of their creative practice at interview.Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to, and enjoyment of, working with children and young people. This may be through voluntary work with young people and, ideally, some experience in schools.All applicants to Secondary PGCE programmes must have GCSE English and Mathematics or equivalent and are also required to pass the QTS skills tests.Further information about the Enhanced Disclosure check, QTS skills tests and any related fees that you will need to pay will be provided in our offer letter, if your application to UCL is successful. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This PGCE programme will develop the professional skills students need to teach geography, as well as developing their knowledge of contemporary issues in geography education, and an understanding of how to support effective learning for all pupils in the 11–16 age range.

The UCL Institute of Education's partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.

Tutors on the Secondary PGCE are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience in secondary schools and colleges, in school leadership, inspection, educational research and consultancy.

This programme will help students to explore the purpose of teaching geography, developing their own philosophy for why a geographical education is important for young people.

The programme is designed to foster interest and expertise in geography education beyond the PGCE, and many graduates go on to complete their Geography Education MA in the first year of teaching.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.

Course contact details

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