About the course
This course will prepare you to teach all aspects of Geography in secondary school. The course will be taught by a tutor who has considerable experience in the secondary school sector as well as in mentoring PGCE trainees. Valuable input into the course is made by teachers from schools where trainees are placed for classroom experience. By the end of the course you will have learnt how to develop and extend your pupils' geographical understanding, skills and knowledge in all its forms, how to organise, structure and assess work for a range of abilities and ages, how to meet the needs of individual learners and how to implement strategies promoting equal opportunities. You will learn about current developments in the teaching of Geography and its place in the National Curriculum at GCSE.
You will learn how Geography enables young people to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains 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. You will also draw on your 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.
Applicants should have a single subject degree in Geography or a joint degree in which Geography forms the major part. It is expected that places will be offered to candidates with a 2.1 or above. Interviews will include a discussion of the value of fieldwork in Geography at secondary school.
For more information about the School Direct Geography course at Roehampton please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/pgce-secondary/pgce-secondary-geography-specialism/)
Applicants will be interviewed in conjunction with St. Bonaventure's School. Observation before interview is not a requirement. Many applicants do find observation before interview can be very helpful, however.
Candidates should note that school placements will be in local state secondary schools, so observational experience outside of this sector might not provide an adequate understanding of the rewards and challenges presented to teachers in this sector. Any observational experience – in either the state or independent sector – should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers. Candidates are invited to contact subject tutors for advice by email if they have any uncertainties about the relevance of observation undertaken.
For more information please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/pgce-secondary-entry-requirements/)
How school placements work
You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in a school within the Agnus Dei Teaching School Alliance and there will also be a shorter placement in another school within the alliance which will add breadth to the experience.
You will be visited in school by a university tutor, and you will have a mentor in school. The training at Roehampton will enable you to reflect upon your practice within the broad context of educational theory so that you will feel equipped to teach in any school.
For more information please see: (https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/school-direct/)
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
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.
Please note we will not consider anyone with a 3rd class degree unless the applicant is already holder of a higher degree or has extensive relevant professional experience.
Candidates should have achieved a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs. If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, we accept the equivalency tests in Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing.
We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers, and who are able to work independently on their studies while training in a school context.
A successful applicant will be highly self-motivated, hardworking and deeply reflective. In addition, applicants should be willing and ready to take on advice and feedback, adapt their teaching to suit different learning styles and work successfully in a professional whole-school environment.
We recommend that you undertake some relevant work experience prior to interview.
About the training provider
Agnus Dei Teaching Schools’ Alliance is an outstanding place to work and learn. It provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with St Mary’s University, University of East London, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education (UCL).
The Alliance is a partnership of 15 Catholic secondary schools across South, East, North East London, and Essex, many of whom have achieved an outstanding rating and all of whom have considerable experience of training teachers. Our staff are professional and talented practitioners who regularly share their knowledge, skills and expertise with trainee teachers in their own schools and across the Alliance. Our partnership of secondary schools is led by St Bonaventure’s School and incorporates the following schools:
-Bishop Challenor Catholic Federation
-Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Brentwood
-Cardinal Pole, Hackney
-De La Salle, Basildon
-Holy Family, Walthamstow
-New Hall Independent School, Chelmsford
-Notre Dame School, Southwark
-Sacred Heart of Mary, Upminster
-St Angela’s Ursuline School, Forest Gate
-St Benedict’s College, Colchester
-St John’s, Chigwell
-St John Payne, Chelmsford
-St Thomas More, Leigh-on-Sea
-The Campion School, Upminster
-The Palmer Catholic Academy, Seven Kings
-Ursuline Academy, Ilford
Our vision is that staff and students feel valued, experience success and enjoy learning. We aim to recruit, train and retain the very best Catholic school teachers and develop them into the best Catholic school leaders.
Our programme is open to applicants from all faiths, not just Catholics but we expect applicants to be sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of our partner schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team.
You can find more information here:- (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/disability-support)
The University of Roehampton welcomes students with disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to your needs. Our Disability and Dyslexia Services are on the main campus, Digby Stuart, along with our Access Centre: Access@SW15.
For more information on support for students please see here:
St Mary's aims to provide an inclusive environment for all students, including students with additional support requirements.
We offer advice and support to our students who have requirements as a result of a disability, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury.
For more information about student support please see here:
The Disability & Dyslexia Team provides a completely confidential service and any information such as diagnostic reports, medical evidence or DSA Needs Assessments that are received on your behalf will be held confidentially in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy.
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St Bonaventure's School
Boleyn Road, Forest Gate, London E7 9DQ
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