University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Secondary Education (Geography)

The course promotes teaching as a profession in which critical understanding is an integral part of practical competence; much of the geography course consists of sessions organised in a practical, workshop atmosphere; some sessions are taught by serving teachers from partnership schools; the school placements play a key role in developing trainees on the geography PGCE; the training programme has been developed so each week conceptual thinking in subject studies sessions in the faculty is moved forward with discussion and practical activities in school; the 1st term's work concentrates primarily on preparation for the basic elements of classroom teaching, and introduces students to the wide range of resources and teaching strategies available to geography teachers; the course also considers the nature of the subject itself, its representation in the national curriculum and its desirable form in schools.

Entry requirements

Honours degree in geography or in an associated subject which enables students to cover the full range of secondary work up to GCE A-level standard, and GCSE minimum grade C (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics; it is expected that all applicants for a PGCE course have undertaken at least 5-10 days recent work experience or observation in a mainstream UK state school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges for their course choice, and be able to draw on this experience in their application.

Course modules

Subject teaching: focusing on the curriculum, principles and practice of teaching the subject; professional studies: the professional role of the teacher and aspects of teaching which are relevant to the whole school; professional placement: 24 weeks spread across 3 terms; trainees are placed in at least 2 contrasting partnership secondary schools, gradually taking on more responsibility for class teaching as the year progresses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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