About the course
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the geography secondary school curriculum.
You’ll explore ways to teach geography, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and how to use technologies to teach students.
Some of the topics you’ll study include enquiry learning, thinking skills, fieldwork, and geographical knowledge. You’ll question issues from how the school environment affects a student’s understanding of geography to who decides the geographical knowledge students learn.
In September, you’ll usually go on an overnight field trip to help you learn how to plan a trip. You’ll consider logistics, risk assessments, daytime and evening activities, and geographical skills.
You’ll have a series of guest lectures to help you learn how to teach geography and develop your subject knowledge. Past guests include people from exam boards, Royal Meteorological Society, a local branch of the Geographical Association and Ordnance Survey (speaking on Geographical Information Systems).
You won’t simply learn ways to teach your class cartographic skills or the differences between abrasion and plucking though – you’ll teach in schools too.
Part of the process of applying to study a PGCE course with us is for you to join us at Brooks building for an interview where we can get to know you better and you can demonstrate the skills you have that will make you a great teacher. When you are offered an interview, we will send you a detailed information pack containing everything you need to know in order to prepare effectively for your interview, but here is what you can expect.
If you have applied to study one of our PGCE Secondary courses, you will have a welcome presentation from our Admissions Tutor to start with, followed by a subject-based interview that usually lasts around 30 minutes. This will be with the subject tutor and a representative from one of our partnership schools.
How school placements work
You’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
We try to organise a range of school experiences for you across your two core placements. This helps you to develop your practical teaching skills and explore the types of schools you could work in when you graduate.
We have partnerships with primary and secondary schools across the North West region. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be expected to travel up to 90 minutes to your placement school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
These are the course fees for 2018/19, may be subject to change for 2019/20
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
Please see (https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/pgce-funding/) for information on financial support available
2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent), which must support the National Curriculum subject knowledge requirements
For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools/relevant occupations, we consider applications from those with a 3rd class degree.
GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics (equivalency tests may be offered). We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills
All PGCE applicants must pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. Check the Department of Education website at (www.education.gov.uk/ get-into-teaching) for the latest updates.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting. Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.
Subject to a satisfactory declaration in relation to the Childcare Disqualification Regulation Act 2009
About the training provider
At Manchester Met, you won’t just develop the practical and organisational skills you’ll need to teach a subject in the classroom. You’ll explore how children learn and factors that can affect the way we learn, from our environment to our teachers.
You will look at the latest educational research, identifying how research might help you in the classroom, perhaps when you’re dealing with children’s behaviour or you’re investigating if there’s a new way to teach a topic.
We offer University-led and School-led routes into teaching both Primary and Secondary education.
Both routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 60 masters level credits (a full-time masters degree typically consists of 180 credits, and you can usually put your 60 credits towards your masters).
We work with over 500 primary schools and over 400 secondary schools across the North West region. This means you could experience placements in inner city or rural settings, mixed or single gender, faith schools, selective or comprehensive schools. This variety helps you to experience different situations and develop your practical skills as a teacher in different settings.
You can also choose from over 20 secondary subject specialisms. Maybe you’re excited to share your love of Shakespeare or perhaps you can’t wait to hear your year 7 class share their first words in Mandarin. Or, you’re already thinking of all of the incredible science experiments you’ll show your class.
You will learn in a diverse community of students, replicating the environment you will experience in schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
A member of staff from Disability Service is often available at MMU Open days and Visit Days to offer advice on disability related issues. However, you can always phone or email us if you have any specific queries.
Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students and will take reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific needs of individuals with additional support needs. The University works with disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.
Before accepting a place, disabled applicants should explore how the university might be able to meet any additional study support or accommodation needs they may have. This should be done at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (email@example.com)
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Faculty of Education (Manchester)
Birley Fields, Hulme, Manchester
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