Newman University
Geography (3D3B)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/postgraduate-teacher-education-pgce/
Vacancies
No

About the course

If you are passionate about geography this course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students across the 11-16 age range plus post 16 enhancement, with an understanding of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them.

You will have the opportunity to explore and develop ideas on how to teach students:

  • Why human and physical environments and landscapes appear as they are, how they form and operate, and how they inter-relate at various scales
  • How and why patterns of human and physical features differ from place to place across the Earth
  • Differences and inequalities within the human world, especially the economic, social and political causes of inequality and economic development
  • The importance of different spatial scales – global to local – and time scales for physical and human processes, together with their interactions and interdependence
  • How to observe, describe, analyse, represent, interpret and report information about the world
  • Changes in human and physical worlds
  • A variety of field and laboratory analytical approaches including techniques such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the use of modern technology in promoting learning

The programme is designed to develop you as professional geographers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority. A thinking skills approach and enquiry based learning underpin the course as these have been shown to both motivate and interest young learners as well as enhance their understanding of the world in which we live.

The PGCE course has both a pedagogical and practical aspect. After a short period of time in University preparing you for school experience, much of the course is spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.

You will have the opportunity to experience post 16 education, primary school settings and fieldwork.

Interview process

Our aim is to make this a two way informative process that is as enjoyable as possible, despite being an interview. We want every candidate to have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential to be a good teacher and to thrive as a teacher in their following career.

Full details of the interview process will be sent to applicants who have progressed successfully to this stage, further details can also be found on the Newman website.

Interview candidates will be invited to our Faculty of Education to meet academic staff and tutors.

The interview day is made up of 2 main components:

● Micro-teaching session with a small group of other candidates,

Interviewers will be looking for you to include: a brief introduction; a main body , engaging the audience and making good use of the available time; a definitive ending summarizing the learning

● Personal interview. The interviewer will use your personal statement as a starting point, to find out about you and your interests, experiences and skills, relevant to becoming a teacher

We will be looking for:

● Your passion to become an outstanding teacher

● Good communication skills, including an ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively with individuals and groups

● a knowledge of the National Curriculum in your subject or age area and current educational developments

How school placements work

contact admissions@newman.ac.uk for details

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.

School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school will allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children

Personal qualities

The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview. Candidates must attend an interview at Newman University.

Other requirements

Passing the National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy, together with obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.

About the training provider

The Faculty of Education at Newman University has been training teachers for over fifty years and has an established reputation for producing high quality teachers, who understand the needs of the children they teach, and develop creative and effective practice. Newman’s experienced tutors and strong relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands will support your learning and ensure high quality education.

These courses will support you with key strategies to become an effective and confident teacher. The PGCE programme is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of how to become an effective and creative teacher. Upon completion you will be recommended for QTS and may apply for newly qualified teacher roles with an advanced skill set ready to embark upon a successful and rewarding career within the classroom.

The Primary PGCE is available in two options: 3-7 (Early Years/KS1) or 5-11 (KS1/KS2). We offer the following subjects at secondary level: Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science: Biology/Chemistry/Physics.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.

“High-calibre trainees and NQTs who demonstrate exceptional professional attitudes. They share a passion for teaching and a desire to continually improve their teaching skills. They are held in high regard by local head teachers.” Ofsted 2015

Training with disabilities and other needs

Around 20% of our students tell us they have some additional support requirements, last year we advised over 800 applicants and current students with:

• Specific Learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia

• Hearing or Visual loss

• Physical, mobility and dexterity difficulties

• Medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, ME, MS, cancer, HIV, heart conditions, etc.

• Mental Health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, Bi-polar, etc.

• Other e.g. autism, speech difficulties, ADD/ADHD, disfigurements, severe allergies, etc.

We believe all students should be equally able to access the services and facilities we provide and participate fully in University life. We can:

• Advise you about services internally and externally to the University.

• Help address any concerns about access (environmental or information), and liaise with academic staff about any individual arrangements required

• Advise about Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) and other funding sources, which can help fund equipment, software, travel costs or one-to-one support to help access your university studies. Visit www.gov.uk/ and search for ‘disabled students’ allowances’.

• Identify individual arrangements which may help you study more effectively, including issues around missing sessions or concerns about deadlines due to health-related difficulties

We strongly encourage you to indicate that you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or health condition on your application form. This information will be considered separately from your academic suitability for your chosen course, but it helps us understand your access requirements and ensure you have what you need in place to succeed in your studies.

Contact details

Email
admissions@newman.ac.uk
Telephone
0121 476 1181
Website
https://www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/postgraduate-teacher-education-pgce/
Address
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
Birmingham
West Midlands
B32 3NT

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