Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Secondary Education (Geography, Initial Teacher Education)

The course is part of the programme for Initial Teacher Training; students develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of geography as set out in the National Curriculum, GCSE, A- and AS-levels and of the contribution of geography to Advanced VCE courses; they learn activities that promote an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning and develop fieldwork and other geographical skills, such as map work, the use of photographs, satellite images and information communication technology; students also develop an appreciation of the importance of geography in the school curriculum and its contribution to other areas of the curriculum including citizenship and environmental education; students also gain knowledge of teaching and learning approaches in other humanities subjects including history and religious education; 24 weeks are spent on placement (a total of 8 weeks in 1 placement during the autumn term and 16 weeks in a 2nd placement during the spring and summer); there is an opportunity to spend time in a primary school and some students may also visit other institutions, such as special schools or colleges of further education.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree in a relevant subject plus GCSE mathematics, science and English. A minimum of 1 day recent observation at a comprehensive school. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Course modules

Modules include: Enabling learning; meeting curriculum challenges; becoming a teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

Admissions and International Development
Telephone number: 
0117 328 3333