About the course
Our 38-week, full-time PGCE Secondary Geography programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach Geography to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – plus the option of additional experience of A Level Geography teaching.
You will learn the importance of enquiry, creativity and inclusivity in the teaching and learning of Geography. And understand the importance of outdoor leaning and digital technologies such as GIS. On this course you will have the chance to challenge pupils through practical activity and develop your own understanding and practices in geographical fieldwork and curriculum making in collaboration with our partnership schools.
Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.
Find out more about this course and School Direct at UEA
Interviews are part of the formal selection process. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:
- An introductory talk
- An individual interview
- A written task
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
- Giving a presentation
- A group interview
- Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
You will be based in schools two-thirds of the 38-week programme (120 days). On the School Direct route you will already know the Lead and partner schools in which you will have at least one of you placements when you are offered a place on the course.
The programme begins with structured observation in both secondary and primary schools in your local area.
During the two extensive placements in our partnership schools, you’ll gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice as you work in university and your two placement schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Find out more about the Financial Support available within our Essential Information section
Prior to submitting your application, you will need:
- A GCSE pass at grade C or an equivalent qualification in English language and mathematics
- IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent qualification, if your first language is not English
Prior to beginning the course, you will need to have achieved a degree or its equivalent. As a general guideline, approximately 50% of the degree should be relevant to the subject you’ll teach. A degree classification of 2:2 or above is preferred in Geography or a closely related subject.
Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.
Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.
If offered a place, prior to the start of the course in September, all applicants will be required to:
About the training provider
Ignite Teaching School Alliance has an excellent local reputation for providing training of the highest quality. Many of our trainees are employed in local schools once they have completed their training year. Trainees are supported by school mentors but also a range of staff who have a range of experience in schools as either headteachers, members of senior leadership teams and other leadership position so have a wealth of experience to share with trainees.
About the accredited body
UEA Initial Teacher Training information
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting all trainees based on their individual needs. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access all training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.
Applicants who would benefit from specific support should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.
Training with disabilities at UEA.
UEA operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All candidates offered a place are required to complete a health declaration form. If this reveals a need, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments, which may include particular school placements, and other support and monitoring during the course.
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Service
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
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You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Ignite Teaching School
Ormiston Venture Academy, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 7JJ
Support and advice
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