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Overview

This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach Geography in secondary schools. Leeds Trinity University offers Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of subject areas. Students are registered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7), and are recommended for the award of QTS to the DfE/NCTL.


Course Benefits

  • The secondary programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase.
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Geography programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and non-denominational.
  • Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts.
  • University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher.
  • The employment rate of our students is extremely high and graduates have readily obtained teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.
  • The course qualifies you to teach Geography at 11–16 with some post-16 enhancement​, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.

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Course Information

“Of all the sciences, geography finds its origin in action” - Joseph Conrad
Our Geography PGCE course gives you access to specialist subject tutors, early supported practical experience and prepares you to make a real-world impact on the students you will teach.
 
You will learn a great deal about best practice in Geography teaching, learn about organising and taking part in field trips and learning activities, as well as building your classroom confidence early in the course.
PGCE students Leanne Jennings, Claire Kettlewell, Luke Jones and Mark Wilson learning to appreciate that when planned and organised, well-taught and effectively followed-up fieldwork, whether physical or human, provides geography students with a unique experience.
 
It was A Grand Day Out, and an excellent bonding and teamwork experience.

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

 
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​

 
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Assessment
In order to be eligible for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you must demonstrate your ability to meet the assessment criteria laid down by Leeds Trinity University and the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)​​. Find out more about Teachers' standards here
 
Assessment matches the pattern of delivery:
  • During Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by written assignments.
  • During Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the National Standards will be assessed by observing your performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking. Your self-review and attendance at training activities will support your development.

  • A good honours degree (2ii or above and preferably single honours) with a significant proportion of Geography.​
  • GCSE Grade C (or accepted equivalent) English and Mathematics. We offer our GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications.
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
  • Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher.
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English, and to have passed the DFE Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. ​Find out more on the STA Education website.
  • The capacity to meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.
NB. Candidates with third class honours degrees will be considered on an individual basis, and normally only if candidates have additional qualifications and/or significant relevant professional experience.

In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have:
  • Grade B or above at Advanced Level (A Level) Geography
  • Grade B or above in GCSE Geography
  • Experience of observing or assisting in the teaching of Geography in a secondary school in this country.
We encourage applications from students who may not match the academic profile outlined above but who can demonstrate that they have developed their subject expertise by working for a substantial period of time supporting the teaching of Geography in a secondary school context.
An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and a satisfactory medical. If you are offered a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.
    
​Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.​​

​​​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Andrea Tidd

​​​​​I am Andrea Tidd, the PGCE subject lecturer for Geography.


I have taught in a variety of schools, comprehensive, selected grammar, and independent, which has provided a wealth of experience.
 
I have been employed as a Head of Geography and Geology and as a Head of Year for Key Stage 4 which allows a valuable insight between academic and pastoral systems. I am also a principal examiner for OCR A level.

My main interest is in Natural Hazards and I enjoy visiting amazing landscapes.

Academic staff profiles

Our PGCE Geography course provides a well-structured and supported route into secondary teaching. 
 Leeds Trinity has an excellent reputation for teacher-training and has partnerships with schools across Yorkshire

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Study Routes

​You can choose to study PGCE Geography via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)​ programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally. 

The placement schools that Leeds Trinity are paired with are well selected and you are placed in a school that will be a challenge for you but will also suit your strengths.

Rachel Pawson

PGCE English, 2013 - Acting Second in Department and Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator

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More about placements

97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.​
You can choose to study PGCE Geography via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)​ programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally. 

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