Sheffield Hallam University
Geography (2B96)

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
http://www.shu.ac.uk

About the course

  • Enhance your knowledge of geography-specific pedagogy and skills through university sessions and school-based placements.
  • Learn about the generic professional aspects of teaching such as behaviour management, use of data and assessment to inform planning and teaching, supporting students with special educational needs and EAL learners.
  • Use a range of methods to develop your skills during school-based training including teaching whole classes, working with smaller groups or individual students.

Become a qualified teacher through a range of school-based training and university-based sessions. Throughout the course you are encouraged to critically reflect on your progress through personal, academic and professional review tutorials.

You are introduced to geography-specific skills through university sessions and school-based work. You are expected to consolidate your development, both in university and in schools, by researching appropriate material and accessing wider resources.

You learn through

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • group work
  • directed tasks
  • school-based experiences
  • independent study
  • discussions
  • group work
  • practical work
  • written assessments

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Interview process

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

The selection event is a process which assesses if you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It's very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.

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How school placements work

Currently the requirement is for trainees to gain at least 120 days of school-based experience in two contrasting school settings. On school-based training you use a range of methods and approaches in order to develop your skills including observation, collaborative planning and actual practice in the classroom through team and solo-teaching. We moderate progress against the Teachers' Standards with school visits.

Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,500

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

GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.

An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of geography

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

Personal qualities

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in geography studies-related or other educational activities.

Other requirements

You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.

About the training provider

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.

Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.

We have invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience.

We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our courses. We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments, and we work together to our mutual advantage.

You will study at our centre of education that is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.

We received an overall student satisfaction rating of 86% in the 2018 National Student Survey. This result places us in the top 30 universities in the country for student satisfaction. We also received a Silver rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.

Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including

• Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams

• Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility

• Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software

We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.

We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.

Contact details

Email
admissions@shu.ac.uk
Telephone
0114 225 5555
Website
http://www.shu.ac.uk
Address
City Campus
Pond Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 1WB

Apply

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: S21
  • Training programme code: 2B96

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Yes -

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