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What makes PGCE Secondary Geography at Worcester so special?

We are in a stunning location and able to draw on the geographical resources of the Faithful City, the River Severn and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Malvern Hills, all on our doorstep.

We'll explore and develop the key issues in geography including the interactions of physical and human processes, changing landscapes, globalisation, development and sustainability.

At Worcester we encourage you to think in a new way about the world and to develop expertise in teaching directly from the real world. We'll show you how to plan and deliver outside the classroom - and you'll benefit from a range of visits, conferences and experiences.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Explore a wider range of strategies for teaching secondary geography
  • Become familiar with the use of a range of assessment strategies to assess, record and report on the progress of your pupils
  • Develop an awareness of the value of learning outside the classroom and the wider global frameworks for education
  • Develop a professional network through the Worcester Geographical Association.

NB Geography is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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"The support I have received at the University of Worcester has been fantastic! The tutors' love of the subject is infectious and has encouraged me to become a passionate and enthusiastic teacher."

Hannah Brayne, PGCE Geography graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in Geography or a related subject (at least 50% Geography).
    Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them 

For further information contact s.rees@worc.ac.uk

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Professional skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.

The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.

Support we offer

We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on the course. If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we will also provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy.

Find out more about our skills tests workshops and support.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors with national and international research profiles in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area.
  • An excellent teacher requires confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn. The majority of your time in university is in subject workshops.

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Explore and develop the key issues in Geography including globalisation, global interdependence and how physical and human processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate.
  • Develop a way of thinking about the world: view, investigate and understand it in new ways - Thinking Geographically.
  • Develop expertise in teaching directly from the real world: plan and deliver outside the classroom and benefit from a range of visits, conferences and experiences.
  • Begin networking and start the publishing side of your career.

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship - Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.
Ben Weston

Ben Weston

"The reputation the University of Worcester has for its teacher training course spreads far and wide. The university consists of everything required but the support given makes it that much better. Worcester is a beautiful city but the county of Worcestershire consists of some remarkable schools, perfect to study in and with close partnership with the University.

"Upon starting the course you soon realise just how much information you have to learn and how intense the course is. ... Due to this though you need to have a lot of support in place and the mentors supply this and much more. You have a voice, opinions and styles of teaching you want to build on and these are all taken on board while mentors give you support, reassurance and valuable tips. It’s a wonderful atmosphere on a course that can and will get stressful."

Afua Adu Boateng

Afua Adu-Boateng

"I decided to apply to University of Worcester as part of the PGCE-School Direct training, through the Redhill Alliance. So far the course has been very informative on the strategies and tools for teaching, as well as the high standards expected of a teacher. Also, I have been pleased with the support from subject and professional studies tutors, which has been helpful in preparing for my school placement days."

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services

Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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Elena Lengthorn

Elena is the subject Lead. She teaches both geography and science education across the primary and secondary centres on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

She is currently working on two L&T projects on ‘Embedding the SDGS in ITE’ and ‘Education at the Hereford Water Works’, as well as supporting a Flood Education Initiative in conjunction with Lancaster University, HWF&R, the Environment Agency and the Met Office.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £13,300 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or are disabled.

Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Geography scholarships

The Royal Geographical Society, with Institute of British Geographers, are awarding geography scholarships to the most gifted candidates training to teach geography.

As a geography scholar, you'll receive £27,500 tax-free to support your training year and a range of other benefits.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise day and residential visits to increase subject knowledge, sharing good practice and field work skills. The costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?

Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.

Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food), French, geography

Find out about the bursary.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

3CPW

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Elena Lengthorn

Personal Academic Tutor