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
- Engage in small group discussion
You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:
- Working with small groups of pupils
How school placements work
UEA’s PGCE Secondary programme places great emphasis on practical skills and the realities of classroom teaching.
You will spend up to 120 days in school placement. 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.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £17,000
- a bursary of £15,000
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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about 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/4 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.
Applicants must also obtain:
- An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.
About the training provider
Ignite Teaching School Alliance has an excellent local reputation for supporting teacher training of the highest quality. All of our trainees are recruited by us on behalf of the providers we work with, Ignite then offer an additional layer of support to trainees that is relevant to the context most of our partner schools work in. Many of our trainees are employed in these local partner schools once they have completed their training year. Our aim is to ensure that trainees come into the profession with a high level of readiness to change lives in our local schools and act as part of the solution to the challenging recruitment picture in the area.
About the accredited body
UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of the UK’s premier centres for teaching and research in professional education and training. The School’s research has made a difference in schools across the country, influencing approaches to managing classroom behaviour, understanding students' motivation, and creating effective communities for learning.
All of our PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. UEA’s expertise, together with our partner schools, means you'll be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time on placement and on campus.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting all trainees with disabilities. Please contact us to discuss any access requirements.
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 an Occupational Health questionnaire. If this reveals any additional needs, UEA will consider reasonable adjustments at the University and in school placements
Find out more about the information and advice available through UEA's Wellbeing Servicehttps://portal.uea.ac.uk/student-support-service/wellbeing
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:
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Choose a training location
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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