PGCE-Geography; Qualified Teacher Status
The course benefits from having well qualified and supportive tutors, who have an excellent blend of teaching experience, expertise in initial teacher education and up to date and relevant knowledge of developments in education and the world of educational research,
Through two small scale research projects you can gain 60 Masters level credits.
We aim for reflective and dynamic practitioners who are committed to promoting the learning of all pupils in their classes and to helping every youngster make progress in geography.
We will help you become the best teacher that you can be. This involves developing appropriate professional values, being secure in your knowledge and understanding of Geography and being able to inspire, engage and challenge your students in their learning.
We also wish to develop teachers who are reflective practitioners. As the future generation of teachers, it is important that you are able to evaluate your own practice, seek ways to improve the experience of pupils in your charge, and contribute to the future development and debate surrounding both geography and education in general.
Structure and Assessment
The course is structured around 6 phases.
Phases 1-3 occur before Christmas.
• Phase 1: two weeks of observation.
• Phase 2: seven weeks split between university and school
• Phase 3: five week teaching placement in school 1.
Phases 4-6 occur after Christmas
• Phase 4: six weeks split between university and school 2.
• Phase 5: thirteen week teaching placement in school 2.
• Phase 6: three week experience, mainly university based
During your school placements there will be monitoring of your progress and weekly target setting exercises to work on areas for development.
There will be three formal review points of your teaching in the year. To obtain QTS, you must successfully complete the computer delivered TDA QTS skills tests in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, the University of Southampton English Language requirements for study apply i.e.TOEFL 600 / computer based 250 or better for IELTS 6.5 or better