Geography (2399)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

Are you passionate about Geography? If your dream is to become a secondary school Geography teacher, then this is the course for you. You will learn all of the skills needed to teach Geography in an expert and assured manner. We will ensure that you have the subject knowledge and the means of structuring and planning lessons so that you are skilled and confident in the delivery of creative and stimulating lessons. Geography has a unique place in the school curriculum, drawing together as it does many cross curricular skills and disciplines. Geography enables pupils to develop unique skills, specialist knowledge and concepts in areas of relevance to their daily lives. We help trainees develop into enthusiastic, reflective and thoughtful teachers of Geography specialising in the creative use of fieldwork, enquiry-based learning and ICT. Practical fieldwork is a key aspect of this subject and we make educational use of the exciting locations on offer in the area, such as the Yorkshire Dales and the major cities of West Yorkshire.

You will usually be in school three full days and two mornings every week. One afternoon a week you will receive general training and one afternoon a week subject specific training.

Assessment will be against the teacher standards via continuous monitoring of your day to day engagement with teaching, including regular feedback from lesson observations. This will involve uploading evidence of your actual work to our assessment portal on a half termly basis, that will be five times a year. For the PGCE element, which runs seamlessly alongside core practice, you will have to complete two university assignments. Guidance and support will be offered throughout the training year.

Your assessment will be based upon your day to day practice and so should cause little extra workload.

All training will be at your host school, a nearby partner school, or GORSE SCITT’s Centre for Teacher Training. This includes the training for the Masters (PGCE) element of the programme.

GORSE SCITT is an OFSTED Outstanding provider in Yorkshire and Humberside; your training will be in very safe and experienced hands.

Interview process

You will usually be interviewed by a senior tutor of GORSE SCITT, a Subject Lead of GORSE SCITT and/or a Senior Leader from a partner school.

• You will make a short 3-5 minute presentation to a form group about why you want to teach and what you will bring to teaching; you should engage with the pupils and show them something really interesting. You will not be able to use a computer or IT but the imaginative use of other artefacts is left with you.

• You will participate in a lesson with a fully qualified teacher, interacting with students, helping them, answering questions and assisting the teacher with the lesson.

• You will have a formal interview which will give you the opportunity to discuss why you want to be a teacher, what you would bring to the profession, and also show us your resilience and initiative.

• You will be asked to complete a range of written work. These will include subjects such as current issues facing education, reasons for your subject being part of the curriculum, your desire to teach, the importance of safeguarding, and subject knowledge questions.

• After your interview, we aim to let you know if you have been successful within 48 hours.

• If we regard you as a strong candidate who needs further development to be ready to join our programme we will facilitate this through our School Experience and Subject Knowledge Enhancement programmes.

How school placements work

All of our placement schools are detailed on our website. Every school is carefully selected to ensure that you receive a quality experience. The majority of our schools are within a very short driving distance from our Training Centre. This means that travelling time is rarely more than 30 minutes for drivers and an hour for those using public transport.

You will experience and teach across two key stages. For Primary that will be Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (ages 4 to 11), for Secondary that will be Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four (ages 11-16) and for Secondary/Post 16 that will be Key Stage Four and Key Stage Five (14-18)

You will have a minimum of two placements, an Initial Development Placement from September to Christmas and a Sustained Development Placement which runs from January to June. A third placement maybe offered as applicable and if in your best interests.

14-18 trainees will spend approximately half of their time, September to June, in Post-16 provision and half of their time in a 14-16 setting.

You will usually be in school three days and two mornings every week and expected to follow the timings, practices and culture of the school.

GORSE SCITT believes that all trainees, morally, should understand where pupils have been on their educational journey so far, where your teaching will transport them to and how they will reach their ultimate destination. As such, all trainees will experience teaching from the Early Years to Year 13 and beyond through our Enriched Development Placements.

At GORSE SCITT, we offer trainees the opportunity to experience and engage with educational practice outside, beyond and parallel to the age groups they predominantly teach.

Enhancement opportunities happen across the year. These enhancement opportunities serve a vital purpose for trainees in asking them to question how pupils learn in other contexts and age ranges.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Applicants to the Bradford and East Coast will be subject to a £1250.00 discount on the fee.

Financial support

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

Applicants to the Bradford and East Coast will be subject to a £1250.00 discount on the fee.



GCSE Level 4/grade C or above or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics. Primary trainees will also need a level 4/Grade C in a Science subject.

A degree in a relevant or related subject. A preference will be given to applicants with 2:2 honours degrees or above. Successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 August. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will still be considered.

Having a good A level result in your chosen subject, whilst not a requirement of the course, will strengthen your application.

Personal qualities

Has high moral purpose in their desire to become a teacher.

Is able to respond positively to guidance towards self-improvement.

Has an intrinsic passion for learning.

Is fully prepared and demonstrates a clear understanding of teaching in a socially and culturally diverse society.

Assumes a high level of responsibility for the well-being, attainment, progress and outcomes of pupils.

Plans lessons that use appropriate, imaginative and creative strategies that match the individual learning styles and needs of pupils.

Demonstrates excellent subject knowledge and is able to apply this and the appropriate learning and teaching pedagogy to support the pupils they teach.

Other requirements

Offers will be subject to an Enhanced DBS which will be organised for you. We encourage you to enrol to the DBS update service. An overseas DBS may be required for those who have spent time outside of the UK.

School Experience will strengthen an application. We can offer you time in school if needed.

All applicants will be required to complete proficiency tests in English and Mathematics which will be delivered by GORSE SCITT.

About the training provider

In January 2018, GORSE SCITT was recognised by OFSTED as being Outstanding in all aspects of its work. Whilst we remain committed to constantly improving our programme, this designation does mean you can feel safe about getting an excellent deal from us as a provider. You can actually talk, through our School Experience Programme, to past participants in our programme now working in our partner schools to verify how good our programme is.

Over the last five years we have trained over 500 trainees across all subjects and in both Primary and Secondary phases. The majority of these colleagues are pursuing successful careers in our Trust or Alliance schools; a number of these colleagues have made rapid progress through their careers and hold positions of responsibility.

GORSE SCITT offers the opportunity to train in excellent schools in Leeds, Bradford, Hull and East Yorkshire which are part of the successful GORSE Academies Trust or in close alliance with it.

Because of the range of schools we partner, trainees are well prepared to teach in any context. In addition to two contrasting placements, we offer a range of enhancements which give insight into every aspect of any child’s education. Whichever phase you train in, we offer enhancement opportunities in Primary,Secondary, Post-16, EAL, SEND and Alternative Provision settings. Through our partnership with Leeds Museum Service we also offer numerous cultural capital enhancements for you and the children you teach.

We can offer a range of opportunities and experiences throughout your training year.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We pride ourselves on our layered levels of support: Subject Mentor, Subject Leads, Professional Mentor, SCITT Directors and Administrators are all committed to the development and welfare of our trainees. We foster a sense of community and place trainees in school in number. Trainees will have support from one another on a daily basis.

Our programme effectively begins from the moment you engage with us. We can guide you every step of the way from application to the completion of your first year of employment and beyond.

We take trainee welfare extremely seriously and within our programme consideration is given to workload and well-being. We have days dedicated to well-being including input from respected professionals and companies.

Our training mirrors the teaching philosophy of The GORSE Academies Trust and our partner schools; we deal with and remove barriers to learning. We have supported very, very many trainees with a range of learning and physical needs and again have examples of trainees who have chosen to discuss these with us and have barriers removed to the extent that they are now employed in partner schools.

We currently training our seventh cohort of over 200 trainees. Our trainees come from a range of backgrounds and are diverse in terms of their experiences, age and career paths. We are able to make your transition into teaching as seamless as possible.

Contact details

0113 4871777
c/o The Bruntcliffe Academy
Bruntcliffe Lane
Leeds, Yorkshire
LS27 0LZ


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: 1N1
  • Training programme code: 2399

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Baysgarth School
67 Barrow Road, Barton Upon Humber , North Lincolnshire DN18 6AE
Yes Y
Boston Spa School
Clifford Moor Road, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire LS23 6RW
Yes G
Bradford Forster Academy (BDAT)
Fenby Avenue, Bradford BD4 8RG
Yes M
Bruntcliffe Academy
Bruntcliffe Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 0LZ
Yes 5
Cockburn John Charles Academy
Old Run Road, Leeds LS10 2JU
Yes I
Cockburn School
Parkside, Gipsy Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS11 5TT
Yes 7
Headlands School
Sewerby Road, Bridlington YO16 6UR
Yes S
Hessle Academy
Tranby House, Heads Lane, Hessle, East Yorkshire HU13 0JQ
Yes V
Leeds West Academy
Intake Lane, Leeds LS13 1DQ
Yes 9
The Elliott Hudson College
Phoenix House, Global Avenue, Leeds LS11 8PG
Yes 6
The Farnley Academy
Chapel Lane, Farnley, Leeds LS12 5EU
Yes 2
The Morley Academy
Fountain Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 0PD
Yes 1
The Ruth Gorse Academy
Black Bull Street, Leeds LS10
Yes 4

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