|Study location||United Kingdom, Southampton (Highfield campus)|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£15,920 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
good results in Mathematics
You should have a strong background in geography. You will probably have gained this from a good first degree award, with at least 50% of the degree normally strongly related to the geography curriculum in schools.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each band)
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
The Geography Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course aims to prepare you to teach Geography to all ages and abilities in the secondary school (KS3 and KS4) with planned opportunities for enrichment in post-16 contexts.
The programme is designed for people who aspire to become excellent geography teachers and who wish to combine their learning through practice in a classroom with an understanding of some of the theory underpinning effective teaching & learning. We aim for reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to promoting the learning of all pupils in their classes and to helping every youngster make progress in geography.
The full–time, one year, course starts in early September and continues through to the end of June, with breaks over Christmas and Easter. It aims, through a combined effort from the university and the partnership schools, to develop your subject knowledge in geography and skills for teaching through a range of approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations, fieldwork and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research and through reading and writing activities. Recent trends in teaching and learning approaches are emphasised including the application of information technology, and you will participate in the design of fieldwork, project work and assessment.
Particular features of the course include:
The effective modelling of good practice by the tutors
The use of small/informal subject seminar and workshop groups
An intensely practical approach grounded in a sound understanding of the theory
Professional Themes in mixed subject groups
A close partnership with a large number of schools
The support of trained mentors
Strong and individualised support from the University subject tutors
Opportunity to gain the ‘Open Country’ Award
Local fieldwork with pupils.
The central focus of the course is on teaching Geography in a challenging yet accessible way, understanding how children learn. At the same time it aims to produce ‘reflective practitioners’, so personal, critical reflection and evaluation form a key part of the course.