Geography with Sharing Excellence Partnership Dunraven School Streatham Accredited provider: Roehampton University

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time with salary
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

The programme is designed to support trainees in developing a range of skills that are required to become a successful secondary school teacher.

Trainees will:

-Become effective classroom practitioners; planning and delivering engaging and stimulating lessons

-Learn to recognise the similarities and differences in pupils, particularly in terms of their needs, their behaviour and attainment and how to plan for this in lessons

-Develop a critical understanding of the curriculum and pedagogy

-Begin to understand the complex range of whole school issues, the values and assumptions which underpin them and their application to school and classroom practice.

Qualification Outcome:

Successfully completing all aspects of the course, both in school and university based learning, will lead to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which also carries 60 Masters level credits that may be used towards a subsequent Masters degree. The PGCE (M) component is an academic qualification awarded by the university. It is recognised abroad.

The course also leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). QTS is a professional qualification awarded by the Department for Education.

The key aim of this programme is to enable trainees to become confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. The programme provides opportunities for trainees to explore the theory and practice of teaching the subject through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials, and to develop their expertise in the classroom through two contrasting school placements.

This course will prepare trainees to teach all aspects of geography in secondary school. Valuable input into the course is made by teachers from schools where trainees are placed for classroom experience. By the end of the course trainees will have learnt how to develop and extend their pupils' geographical understanding, skills and knowledge in all its forms.

Trainees will learn how geography enables young people to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world by explaining where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. Trainees will also draw on their own studies and work experience to encourage questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people's lives, now and in the future.

There are three written assignments set and assessed by the university towards the Masters level PGCE element of the qualification.

Interview process

Applicants are welcome to contact us via the address below to send a CV in advance of applying via UCAS, or to ask questions about our schools, our training programmes or the application process.

If you have applied via UCAS, meet the entry requirements and demonstrate the skills needed for school based teacher training you will be invited to an interview including the following activities: a short classroom based activity, an interview with heads or School Direct leads from our partner schools, and a short written task set by the university.

Most of our interviews are held at Dunraven School. If you have applied for a placement in a different school you would be expected to visit it either before or after the interview. We offer the opportunity to be considered for other remaining vacancies in our Partnership but it is your decision which school you would like to train in.

You are required to produce photographic ID, original examination certificates and to complete a request for information regarding health and suitability for teaching. Offers are subject to completion of a health check and Enhanced Disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to enrolment.

Find out more about our training programmes and how to apply, including recruitment information events via the following link.

Dunraven Sharing Excellence Partnership

E-mail contact for queries:

How school placements work

During school placements, trainees benefit from working alongside experienced teachers. Trainees have opportunities to observe excellent teaching before experimenting with approaches to teaching and learning across the secondary age range, during which time they are supervised and supported by teachers and tutors. They begin with a light teaching timetable which is gradually increased as they become more skilled and confident.

The main focus of this training programme is classroom practice and the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to ensure that pupils make excellent progress in their learning. Trainees are supported by both a school based mentor and a university tutor working in partnership to support them. They are experienced and skilled in classroom observation, giving feedback and setting targets for development. Trainees have full support in developing their behaviour management skills throughout the year. Placements will be in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, ages 11-16, with some opportunity to experience Key Stage 5 and the primary curriculum. Trainees are based in school throughout the year, except when they have sessions at the university, usually on Wednesdays. Trainees have a seven week second placement in a contrasting school, usually another local partnership school.

Professional development is supported by an extensive programme of in-school training to enrich their experience, delivered by expert practitioners in the Partnership, in addition to the Masters level PGCE programme delivered by the University of Roehampton.

Towards the end of the year trainees are in school full time, with salaried trainees ending at the end of the school term and tuition fee funded trainees ending when their university training is complete in late June. School Direct trainees are expected to become fully involved in the life of the school to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the profession.



Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



  • A degree classification of a 2.2 or above, usually at least 50% in the subject to be taught and a real aptitude for teaching.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent recognised by the university, by the time the programme begins.
  • Applicants will be required to produce original certificates at interview.
  • Evidence of a pass in the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests before enrolment.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about teaching their subject and have the potential to become outstanding teachers. Applicants need to show evidence of time management skills, commitment and personal resilience needed to undertake school based teacher training. Ability to work effectively with young people and understand the urban state school environment is essential. Confident self-presentation, good communication skills and the ability to inspire and enthuse young people are also important.

Other requirements

Overseas qualifications must be checked for UK equivalence by NARIC.

Offers are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure list check.

Applicants must meet the Secretary of State's requirements for mental and physical health in order to be eligible.

Applicants for salaried positions must provide a CV including full employment history.

We recommend that you attend one of our Recruitment Information Events to find out more about this training programme and how to apply.

Contact details

Dunraven School
94-98 Leigham Court Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 1BW
  • Training programme code: 3C7Q

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Dunraven School, 94-98 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, London SW16 2QB

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