University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (Geography)

Like the PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers 120 credits at Master�s level; thus following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies; the course is delivered through seminars, lectures, group work, practical school experience, information communication technology (ICT) and field studies; it places a clear emphasis on the central role of the learner; the course provides the necessary skills to organise geography lessons successfully and deal with the daily challenges of teaching in a comprehensive school; time is spent on the preparation of lessons, teaching strategies, use of equipment and classroom management; the appropriate use of information communication technology (ICT) in geography education is stressed; students learn about the role of geography education in the secondary school curriculum; principles of evaluation, assessment, record keeping and reporting in geography education are investigated; the programme also includes a residential geography field course with children, undertaken in the summer term in either Shropshire or the Lake District; students are expected to take a reflective and active stance towards their own development.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 50 per cent is geography relevant to the National Curriculum; degrees in environmental science, geology, geosciences etc can be considered if applicants feel they contain the 50 per cent geography required; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; students provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases: preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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