University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Secondary Education (Geography)

This course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the main objective is to establish confidence and competence of good Honours graduates in the teaching of their subject to school students aged 11-19; in the autumn term the focus is on becoming familiar with how geography is taught in schools, gaining experience in schools and classrooms and developing the students' awareness of educational issues; the spring term allows them to use these building blocks to develop their skills in an extended school placement; in both placements students are supported by school-based tutors and the course tutors to develop, review and reflect on their teaching practice; during the summer term, the focus of the course widens to explore geography's role in education more generally and to allow them to develop and explore their own interests in more depth; specific topics covered include: 16-19 education; assessment issues at GCSE and A-level; the place and value of information technology; and fieldwork; practical applications in schools are to the forefront and there are opportunities to develop resources/materials and to prepare and run fieldwork; in addition, there is a residential field trip in the summer term.

Entry requirements

At least GCSE/ O-level at grade C or an equivalent qualification in English and mathematics; a degree or an equivalent qualification in a subject relevant to the proposed main teaching subject.

Course modules

Modules include: curriculum studies (main subject specialism); education and professional studies; school experience.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,370 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

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PGCE Office, Graduate School of Education