About the course
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The humanities comprise a range of subjects (including history, geography, RE and citizenship) which together enrich our understanding of human behaviour and our interactions with the world around us. Together they help students to understand the world in which they live, how it has come to be and what it could end up being. Individually each subject provides unique approaches, skills, and concepts to shape this understanding.
The Geography with Humanities course at Middlesex University is designed to ensure trainee teachers have a grounding and appreciation of the particular aspects and disciplines of their chosen subject specialism, while understanding the unique aspects of other subject areas across the humanities spectrum.
Although individual humanities subjects are clearly separate and distinct it is important to understand that they share much in common and there is much to be gained from learning about effective teaching and learning across the humanities, and especially between history and geography. Therefore the course has been designed to support you in becoming a skilled geographer, enabling you to develop your confidence in your chosen subject specialism, while giving you the skills to teach across other humanities areas. In the long run this will make you both a better and more employable teacher.
Entry onto this course requires an interview. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests in teaching, and to explore why you want to study with us. At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be judged, including your subject knowledge for teaching and potential to demonstrate proficiency with fundamental English and mathematics. If any shortfall is identified, you may be required to complete some additional work before starting the programme. During the programme, your subject knowledge and fundamental English and mathematics will be developed and assessed to ensure you reach the required level.The interview process is likely to include a presentation, group discussion, reading and writing tasks to probe subject knowledge, and an individual face-to-face interview. Tutors will use the process to make judgements about your potential to be trained as a teacher in your chosen subject area and your suitability to work with children.
How school placements work
During your training year, you will spend at least 120 days in schools. This includes placements in a minimum of two secondary schools, selected carefully so that you experience different approaches to school management and organisation as well as varied teaching and learning styles. You will teach classes across the 11-16 age range and have the opportunity for post 16 enhancement. You will return to University for one day each week for lectures, seminars and workshops with the secondary education team. Each placement provides a sustained teaching experience with a gradual increase in responsibility for planning, teaching and assessment. Within the placements, you will be supported by school-based mentors as well as your University Tutor. You will also have the opportunity to have a placement at an alternative learning environment such as a pupil referral unit, Special Needs School or museum. The Middlesex ITT Partnership extends across Greater London and also includes some schools in neighbouring local authorities, such as Hertfordshire.
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.
Financial support from the training provider
At Middlesex, we understand that many of our students may experience financial difficulties. We offer our students a wide variety of additional financial support options to help them fund or part-fund their education.
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We normally require a second-class honours degree 2:2 or above with at least 50% geography content supported by a strong A Level (or equivalent) in relevant subjects.
You must have GCSE grade C / grade 4 or above in English and Maths or be retaking them this year.
To strengthen applications it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within state secondary school settings in England.
You must be judged suitable to work with children after being subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure check and other required background checks. Please see;
About the training provider
The education department has been involved in teacher training since the 1950s and has a long-established reputation for the provision of high quality teacher training. The department is based at the Hendon campus in London. We are committed to developing excellence in all areas of teaching, learning and professional practice in a wide range of contexts. We have high expectations of all our training teachers and work tirelessly to ensure that each individual reaches their full potential and becomes confident and highly employable. As a result, rates of employment are high across the partnership and many of our trainees stay within the partnership for their first teaching post. Our trainees come form a diverse range of backgrounds and typically all complete their training as good or outstanding trainees. During the last Ofsted inspection, inspectors commended the strong support for current and former trainees and the skilful way in which tutors tailor their work to meet the individual needs of trainees, providing challenge and support as required. Trainees are encouraged to develop their own support networks with peers, sharing resources and ideas. As a result, trainees are confident and able to seek advice and help during and after they have completed training.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to provide an inclusive teaching and learning environment which caters for all trainees. We work closely with the Middlesex University Dyslexia and Disability Service to ensure that we are able to provide the appropriate support.
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We endeavour to ensure that each trainee is supported on an individual basis, dependent on their needs. We strive to build resilience, and we prepare trainees for the potential pressure points on the course with bespoke ‘well-being' sessions and provide individual personal support for trainees experiencing stress or anxiety.
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Middlesex University, The Burroughs NW4 4BT
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