Taught course


University of York · Department of Education

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Entry requirements

A 2:2 or equivalent in Geography or a related subject at 2:2 or above. We also accept combined honours degrees where geography or a related subject makes up at least 50% of the award.

If your undergraduate degree is not in Geography or a related subject, we may still may be able to offer you a place if you also have a postgraduate degree in Geography or Grade B in A level Geography.

If your undergraduate degree is not at least 50% Geography, we may require you to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting your PGCE.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will prepare you to be a successful teacher of secondary school geography.

Introduce your students to the dynamic concepts that shape the amazing planet we live on. You'll learn how to support students to become critical thinkers and develop their understanding of geographical place and natural processes, while considering how human influence can dramatically change the dynamic equilibrium of our planet.

Working within a large partnership of experienced geography specialists, and alongside a supportive team of subject mentors, you will begin your journey to becoming an excellent geography teacher, who can inspire students to become conscious global citizens.

Choosing your path

You can choose to study this course as a University of York PGCE trainee or through our School Direct partnerships. The following routes are open to you:

School Direct trainees work with University of York PGCE trainees at the University for Curriculum Area sessions. Whole School Issues sessions are usually delivered in your partner schools.

Each route has a different course code and institution code. Please see our information on applying for details.


On successfully completion of this course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is awarded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Fiona Jackson