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Secondary Education (Geography) PGCE

Durham University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Summary

The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.

Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part-time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the course.

Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment..

After a preparatory 5 days in a primary school the course begins a series of school visits, curriculum sessions and tutorials which combine the theoretical and research based dimensions of the course, school observations and personal perspectives of issues prior to the short Preliminary practice. This pattern is repeated in the New Year before the long practice.

Course Learning and Teaching

Issues addressed usually include:

Lesson planning and planning for progression and differentiation
The National Curriculum, examination courses and Geography's contribution to the wider curriculum
Teaching styles including fieldwork and approaches to teaching the most and least able
Cultivating the imagination and thinking through Geography
Monitoring and assessing children's progress
The potential of I.C.T., audio-visual aids and other resources for enhancing Geographical learning
Geography's contribution to the development of core skills, personal development and cross-curricular themes

You will be based in one of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a teaching background. The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching. Most people have vivid memories of their school fieldwork experiences and not only is it highly motivating for pupils, it plays an important part in the enquiry process. The course features a fieldwork course in Durham City exploring approaches to fieldwork, planning activities in the field and, in the summer, taking pupils from a local school to undertake them. Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.

Tuition fees

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£ 20,500per year

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

University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    7th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 81 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    155 78%

    10th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    89 89%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%

    74th

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