About the course
School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a school-led route into teaching at both primary and secondary stages. On this route you will join other student teachers on one of the PGCE programmes at the IOE while undertaking your teaching experience in a participating school. The UCAS application will go to the relevant school.
The Geography PGCE programme will develop the professional skills students need to teach geography, as well as developing their knowledge of contemporary issues in geography education, and an understanding of how to support effective learning for all pupils in the 11–16 age range.
Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an Interview Day.
The selection process will usually involve:
*A classroom-based task
*Time with staff/departments
*A formal interview
*A written task
We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview.
How school placements work
You will spend the majority of time in your main placement school but will also be required to carry out a 2nd placement at another school which is usually for a period of 6 weeks.
Your 2nd placement will provide you with an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast different approaches to all aspects of teaching.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government which you repay gradually through small monthly repayments.
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.
*Minimum 2:2 degree in Geography, or a Geography-related degree. Successful applicants with a degree closely-related to geography are frequently required to attend a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in the summer preceding the start of the PGCE. These are usually 8-12 week courses designed to help non-geographers develop a better understanding of the discipline and subject knowledge of the curriculum.
*Geography A Level at grade C required if the first degree subject is not Geography.
*GCSE Level 5 (Grade C) or above in English and Mathematics
Equivalency testing: UCL only accept tests from www.equivalencytesting.com (pass grade for UCL is grade 5)
We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their school phase and/or subject specialism and have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.
*Have passed the DfE's Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
*Satisfactory clearance from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
- Completion of Fitness to Teach requirements.
About the training provider
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is an education trust with a national network of 58 academies across England.
At AET, our mission is pure and simple: to enable our pupils to lead remarkable lives. This is the golden thread that binds us all together – the reason that despite our very different paths to AET, we are all part of one family.
We passionately believe that every child can discover their own remarkable life. It’s what motivates us around here. We know this vision requires something extra. Which is why at AET, you’ll find more. More opportunities, so you can forge your own path. More care and support, so you can prioritise what matters most. More purpose, for you and for the children we’re inspiring. Come inspire their remarkable with us.
We are looking for individuals who identify with our values which are:
Be unusually brave
Discover what’s possible
Push the limits
Be big hearted
In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in communities you work within inspiring their remarkable.
Whatever your area of expertise, if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your remarkable career.
To make your next move a career-defining opportunity, choose to train with us.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.
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:
Training programme code:
Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Academies Enterprise Trust: Aylward Academy
Windmill Road, London N18 1NB
Academies Enterprise Trust: Richmond Park Academy
Park Avenue, London SW14 8RG
Support and advice
For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.
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