University of Bristol

Secondary Education (Geography)

The School of Education is an Ofsted 'Outstanding Provider' and offers a one year programme for graduates leading to the award of PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education).

Throughout our programme you will be engaging with the processes of developing into a teacher of geography with your own ‘clear vision’ of geography. Of course there are many ‘visions’ of geography – personal and official – that are contested and debated, e.g. what should be included in the Geography National Curriculum. Your engagement with these debates will be an essential element in your professional development, helping to establish your confidence and competence in the teaching of geography to 11- to 19-year-olds and, eventually, in playing an active and innovative leadership role in a geography department.

The programme is structured to support your progressive development into a confident, reflective and creative teacher of geography.

Entry requirements

We will consider non-Geography degrees if at least 50 per cent of the degree content is clearly geographical in nature and is backed up by a strong grade in A Level Geography.

We need a minimum of a 2:2 degree in a subject related to the one you wish to teach. You also need a minimum of Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above (grade 4 or above from summer 2017 onwards).

We do accept overseas qualifications but you would need to get confirmation through NARIC that these are equivalent to British qualifications.

All candidates must have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before starting the course.

Course modules

The focus in the first stage of the course is on building confidence in what is involved in being a geography teacher. University sessions include lesson planning, learning theories and young people's geographies, plus guided lesson observations in schools. Good classroom practices are modelled in these sessions with practical applications in schools always to the forefront. There are opportunities for collaborative working with other student teachers and with strong practitioners in partner schools.

The focus for the middle stage of the course is on deepening your understanding of issues of learning including meeting the needs of different learners and developing a meaningful geography curriculum. The second, and longer, placement allows you to use the 'building blocks' from the first stage. In both placements you will be supported by school-based tutors and the course tutor to develop, review and reflect on your teaching practice.

In the final stages of the course there are opportunities to develop wider perspectives on your work as a geography teacher, considering how the subject plays a part in important educational debates and developments, and allowing you to develop your own geographical interests in more depth. There is a residential field trip dealing with practical aspects of running a school trip.


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

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School of Education, University of Bristol
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School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
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