Geography with University of Sunderland

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

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

About the course

The course will cover enquiry-based geography and real world practical-led activities. We will help you to develop your own style of teaching that will enable you to capture and broaden your pupils’ inquisitive minds.

We will show you how to use geographical resources to create practical tasks such as map reading, graphical skills, data recording, and fieldwork to enhance your pupils learning.

We will give you the opportunity to take part and lead fieldwork to enable you to confidently utilise outdoor practical work to bring both physical and human geography to life within your lesson planning.

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Interview process

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's. Interviews will begin in November 2018.

Interviews held within the University will be led by the academics on the course with the essential details of the day sent to you via email prior to interview so you will be very well prepared for the day.

How school placements work

The University of Sunderland has partnerships with over 200 schools, in 12 local authorities. On the PGCE Geography course you’ll spend at

least 120 days on placement.

Our Placement Team will work with you to find the perfect placements - schools that can nurture and support your aspirations and interests, and help you become the best secondary teacher you can be.

At the University students on a PGCE spend 3 days a week in their placement school, with the remaining 2 days spent in University.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £10,750

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.



You will usually need a 2:2 (or above) honours degree from a UK Higher Education institution or an equivalent qualification and be deemed suitable to train to teach by the School of Education at the University of Sunderland.

You should also have GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from

Personal qualities

You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

Other requirements

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:

•Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)

•Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

(supplied by the University once applicant passes interview)

•Have passed the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy, set by the Department for Education. This is essential before you can achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is helpful if you are able to take the tests before your interview with us, but this is not a requirement of applying for this course.

About the training provider

The University of Sunderland is an ambitious university with a global reach. We have 20,000 students at our four campuses worldwide – two in Sunderland on the north east coast, one in London and our newest in Hong Kong.

The University has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework which demonstrates our high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career.

Education courses at the University of Sunderland give you the best career prospects in the North East (The Guardian University Guide, 2016).

With 110 years-worth of experience of training teachers we are highly regarded in the local area, with links to 230 schools and colleges.

• All our courses are accredited by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA ) for QTS

• World-leading research in Education, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (RE F)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We celebrate and value the diversity of all students and staff, working to ensure that all are welcome in our community and do not face discrimination or encounter barriers with regard to their disability.

Please contact the Disability Support Team for disability-related queries:


Tel: 0191 515 2952

Contact details

0191 515 3000
Edinburgh Building
City Campus
Chester Road


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: S84
  • Training programme code: F8X1

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site The Student Gateway, Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD

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