About the course
Some course details are below and further information is available via https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-geography/
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We also host a 'drop in' session on the 'First Thursday' of every month between 1.30-3pm at the university's coffee shop.
Geography is a popular and successful course on the PGCE Secondary Programme at St Mary's University. At the heart of the Secondary school curriculum, geography offers academic rigour through the study of a diverse range of topics ranging from migration, urban growth and world development as well as the more scientific concerns such as glaciers, coasts and weather and climate. Through this multi-faceted subject, students explore the human interaction with the physical world by investigating many of the key global issues facing us today such as resource management, climate change and international migration.
At present, Geography is enjoying something of a renaissance on the secondary school curriculum. With recently increased take up of pupils studying the subject at KS4 and post-16, there is a shortage of geography teachers, hence ensuring that trainees are able to secure a teaching post with ease at the end of the PGCE course.
Ideally applicants require a good honours degree in geography or a related subject. Once offered a place, geography trainees are guaranteed a far reaching , challenging and dynamic course, designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to enjoy a successful career in teaching. The course includes opportunities for fieldwork and GIS, both important parts of a modern Geography curriculum. This includes practical workshops and opportunities to take part in both local and residential fieldwork, in addition to an optional SEND school placement and one overseas in Africa.
In general terms and throughout the course, your progress is monitored and supported by both University and Partnership school staff who have developed successful working relationships with previous cohorts.
St. Mary's University has been graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted for the Secondary Initial Teacher Education programmes.
Once we are confident you have met the course entry requirements, we carefully examine your personal statement. This is your opportunity to convince us that you have seriously thought through your journey into teaching in terms of motivation and a genuine understanding of what being a teacher really means.
You will almost certainly find it helpful to refer to prior learning and classroom experiences and reflect on the implication of what you saw, heard or experienced.
Within your statement, it is often helpful to connect your prior academic and/or work experiences to the skills and attitudes required for teaching.
On the interview day - we want to get to know you a little better and for you to get to know us.
The components that make up the day include : -
- English writing activity
- Subject knowledge assessment
- Small group discussion activity
- 3 minute presentation justify why your subject is part of the curriculum
The Admissions Tutor will host the day and explain the structure of the course, school placements, the Enhancement placement, Masters Modules and assessments.
We look forward to meeting you and supporting you to become an outstanding teacher of children.
How school placements work
You will gain experience in TWO different school settings through the course. You will be school-based for a minimum of 120 days.
We always attempt to take into account your personal accommodation postcode and your personal circumstances when allocating training school placements.
Across your training you will have experience of working in Key Stage 3 and 4. There is usually the opportunity to experience post 16 as well.
An experienced teacher acts as mentor during the school placement and contributes to your overall assessment as a new teacher.
At St Mary's University, we have the strongest commitment to student teacher support, regularly visiting student teachers in school over the duration of the course.
We see tutors retaining contact with student teachers while they are school-based, away from University as a major factor in our support success. The consistent support available for students is, we think, outstanding.
St. Mary's University is in partnership with over 700 schools - many of our trainees go on to become NQT's in these partner schools.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Home/EU Tuition Fee of £9250 is subject to change based on approved Fee changes.
For further details - please visit the University website pages on Fees and Student Finance:
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.
Financial support from the training provider
St. Mary's University Alumni are able to receive a discount on the PGCE Tuition fee:
International students may be able to apply for a St. Mary's University International Scholarship: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/international/why/scholarships.aspx)
GCSEs or their standard equivalent:
GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in Mathematics and English
If you do not meet the above entry requirements - we are able to offer candidates the opportunity to sit the St. Mary's University GCSE Equivalency Test, but we do not accept Equivalency Tests from any other organisation.
Degree requirement (or equivalent qualification) :
2:2 degree classification and above will allow you to access the government bursary.
Demonstrate that you have made a fully informed decision
Further details of entry requirements: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses-london/pgce-secondary-science/
During the interview and selection process, you will take part in a variety of tasks that will allow you to evidence that you have thought carefully about your motives for becoming a teacher and can demonstrate that you have some emerging capability to reflect on what being a teacher means.
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching, working with and supporting children and an understanding of the resilience needed for teaching.
At St Mary's University, we would like all applicants to have made a fully informed decision about considering joining the teaching profession. As part of that decision making process, spending some time in school(s) observing what teachers do and beginning to give some consideration to how they manage learning, can be really insightful and informative.
A deadline for passing the Professional Skills Test will be sent with your offer.
Successful completion of a physical and mental fitness to teach and a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required for teacher training.
About the training provider
St. Mary's University is graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary teacher training.
For further details: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/teacher-training/become-a-teacher.aspx )
Where to find us: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx)
Student Life: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-life/overview.aspx)
Teaching students at St Mary's have one of the highest employment ratings in the UK with 98% of 2016 Primary PGCE graduates in employment and 100% of trainees from the 2016 Secondary PGCE degree were employed as teachers within six months - many in our partnership schools.
Student feedback regularly highlights the quality of the pastoral care provided through their training programmes and the support offered by partner schools.
St. Mary's University is situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham - a leafy part of greater London (5 minute walk from Strawberry Hill mainline from London Waterloo) and good local bus links for other central London connections.
Public Transport: https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/contact/overview.aspx
We have recently celebrated 165 years in Education in south west London. St Mary's is London's second largest teacher training course provider, with a significant proportion of our 6,000 students training to teach on primary and secondary courses.
Close partnership between the University and partner schools in all aspects of the course.
Educational theory closely related to practical reality of the classroom
Strong personal tutor support
Support for those with an area of interest in SEND and EAL
High employability rates for PGCE Trainee Teachers
Ongoing support into your NQT year and your career beyond
Ongoing Masters study opportunities at discounted rates
Training with disabilities and other needs
St. Mary's University has a fully supportive and well-resourced Student
Wellbeing service to support trainees with disabilities and other needs.
At interview, we encourage candidates to disclose any additional needs requiring support so that early support can be in place for the PGCE course.
For further information on Disability Access: (https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/student-support/wellbeing/dyslexia-and-disability/registering.aspx)
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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St Mary's University, Twickenham, London
St Mary's University, Twickenham TW1 4SX
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