Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

PGCE Secondary Geography

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted ‘Outstanding’-rated teacher training programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Geography teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

  • In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2:2 honours degree or above in Geography or a related subject with at least 50% suitable Geography content. In addition, you'll need A-Level Geography.
  • You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or 4 under the new grading system) or recognised equivalents in English Language and Mathematics. We also need the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy to be passed, but these can be taken after interview. 

Non-academic requirements

  • The love of and competency in Geography is one of the most important aspects of being a good Geography teacher. You’ll need to be enthusiastic about Geography and working with children. 
  • All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Course modules

As the programme is practical most of the University sessions can be thought of as workshops. We consider issues related to the engagement and motivation for the learning of Geography and prepare you to be active participants in the Geography education community through networking and engaging with various projects locally, nationally and internationally. We consider how a child’s learning progresses, develops and depends on enthusiastic teaching of the subject, and how teaching styles can aid this. We visit local classrooms to gain insight into these aspects of Geography education and to test the ideas developed.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • Tutorials at key points across the year
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group activities: presentation, group discussion, role-play and collaborative working
  • Independent learning
  • Peer support
  • Developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • Blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment(Minerva)
  • Observation of teachers’ (including other Bath Spa teachers’) practice
  • Professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Assessment methods

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in university, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • Our electronic Professional Learning and Practice Portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 9,250 per Academic year () 12 Months
PGCE Full time September 2019 £ 13,300 per Academic year (International) 12 Months

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