Geography PGCE

geography studentsStudent teachers within the Geography, RE and History subject specialisms are taught as a Humanities PGCE group. You will have specialist inputs on your chosen subject and also gain experience of issues in planning and teaching cross-curricular work within the Humanities. Your two school placements are in your specialist subject.

Geography is facing many challenges within the present education system. It is an exciting and relevant subject which plays a major role in helping children to develop a better understanding of the increasingly complex world around them.

As a trainee teacher, you will have the opportunity to develop your personal and professional skills and expand your subject knowledge. The PGCE programme is both challenging and rewarding and we hope that it will develop both your enthusiasm and confidence as a geographer and a teacher.

Programme aims

The Geography PGCE course aims to:

  • Broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of Geography for teaching purposes
  • Provide you with an informed and critical view of National Curriculum, GCSE, A-level and relevant vocational requirements
  • Raise your awareness and provide experience of a broad range of learning and teaching strategies
  • Develop your skills in classroom management, planning, communication, assessment, recording and evaluation
  • Develop your understanding of the differing needs of those with learning difficulties and very able students
  • Raise your awareness of a wide range of assessment strategies

Subject specialism

The Geography subject specialism will run throughout the academic year and will cover a variety of areas, including:

  • Planning and curriculum in Geography
  • Approaches to student learning
  • Thinking skills
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Fieldwork
  • ICT and Geography, including the use of GIS
  • Creative approaches to learning
  • Debates concerning the links between school and university geographies

Where possible, progress of students in teaching and learning skills and understanding will (in part) be developed through the creation of curriculum ideas and resources with external partners for wider use by the geographical educational community as well as on teaching placement.


Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.

Subject knowledge

If you are worried about your Geography subject knowledge, consider completing a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE).

Eligibility criteria


Applications are welcome from students with good Geography qualifications at honours degree level, and from those with joint or combined honours degrees in which Geography is a major subject.

A range of degree subjects related to Geography will be considered such as Environmental Science, Earth Studies, Geology, Planning and Archaeology. In these cases applicants must have an A-level Geography qualification and be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for Geography at interview. Students without Geography as a major subject will be set essential background reading to prepare for the course.


All applicants must have achieved a Grade C or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE. You may apply without these qualifications, but if you are successful at interview you must have passed them by the start of the course. Special tests in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and English are available for Secondary candidates who are offered conditional places but are lacking the requisite qualificatio