Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Geography, 11-16)

This practical programme will teach you about life in the classroom. You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on your practice, and that of your colleagues, in order to enhance your confidence, refine your teaching and improve pupils' learning.

You’ll learn how to focus on an overarching goal related to teaching Geography, as well as investigating research questions through collaborative and individual practices. You’ll also be given opportunities to explore the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning in Geography.

Pupils' learning is at the heart of the programme. We’ll ask you to consider what ‘understanding’ means and how it can be developed and assessed. When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

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.

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 need A-Level Geography.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or 4 under the new mark scheme) or recognised equivalents in English Language and Maths, and ideally 10 days of school experience in a UK state Secondary school. We also need the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy to be passed, but these can be taken after interview. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

The love of and competency in Geography is one of the most important aspects of being a good Geography teacher. You’ll be enthusiastic about Geography and working with children, with recent experience of observing and/or working in schools.

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

University training
The programme provides a carefully structured balance of university and school-based phases. During the first university phase, we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. During the second university phase, we consider teaching and learning at Key Stage 4 and A-level in greater depth.

School training
The school phases are with two different partner schools. The first six-week phase is before Christmas and the second fourteen-week phase runs from February.

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
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and 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.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

Get in touch

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Key information

Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1225 876 180