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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Plymouth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of geography to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme in geography will qualify you for the 11-16 national standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The 24 weeks placement experience will sharpen your skills and fully prepare you for your future teaching career.

Key features

  • Draw upon your own expertise in geography and extend your own knowledge and understanding.
  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.
  • Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements. Find out more about funding options from 'get into teaching' and the Royal Geographical Society.
  • Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.
  • Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.
  • Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
  • Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.
  • Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching geography to children of all abilities from 11-18.

You’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE on placement with 24 weeks in secondary school and five days in primary school, supported and supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor. In addition to this you’ll cover modules on planning, assessment and teaching and you’ll also focus on the teaching of geography itself. You’ll maintain professional development and subject knowledge profiles enabling you to chart your development in meeting the professional standards required by the Department for Education. Assessments are based around school experience and are designed to be learning experiences shared with other students, mentors and tutors. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching as well as provide evidence of reading and reflection.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Plymouth

  • University League Table

    71st

  • Campus address

    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 81

    42nd out of 72 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 62%

    34th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    43rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.21 84%

    18th

    11
  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    122 58%

    36th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%

    46th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%

    42nd

    17

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