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Secondary Education: Geography

If you want to become a geography teacher then this course will prepare you to work in schools and challenge you to deliver high quality lessons for all pupils. You will have to possess a passion for geography and be able to work with all ranges of ability. The aim of the geography course is to develop thoughtful teachers, who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school.

You must have the background and ability to contribute to the teaching of all geography topics at key stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum. We provide the opportunity to be involved in primary and post-16 teaching.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

Entry requirements

You will need at least a 2.2 Hons in a Geography or a Geography related degree. Where the qualification is of a “joint” nature, candidates should have 60% in geography – though 50% is acceptable where it is matched with a secondary school curriculum subject. Experience of teaching or working with young people will be an advantage.

You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.

GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent). Please be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.

Interview and selection

Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.

The main purpose of the interview is to:

  • give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
  • explore your subject strengths and areas for development
  • assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
  • answer all of your questions

Please view further information regarding interview preparation

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Course modules

Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.

Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers.

All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - You will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development.

Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methods that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, school-based project and other school-based activities and appraisal of practical teaching skills. The majority teaching sessions will be alongside trainees from the other science routes, with a small number dedicated specifically to physics.

All University-based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.

Typical modules may include

  • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
  • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
  • Further development through planned classroom activities
  • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
  • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

Starting in September and ending in June the full-time PGCE is the fastest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.

The course comprises of two school placements and two periods of University-based teaching September to October; January to February.

24 weeks of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. During the second attachment a proportion of your teaching at key stage 4 will be focussed on your chosen specialist area.

We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.


These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,700 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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