GeographyStudent teachers within the Citizenship, Geography, RE and History subject specialisms are taught as a PGCE Humanities 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 subjects.

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

PGCE Secondary Geography 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
  • understand 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 (eg Afghan Action) 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.

Worried about your geography subject knowledge?

Consider completing a subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE). You can find more information here.

Degree Requirements

At least 50% of your degree should be in the subject you would like to teach. A range of degree subjects related to geography will be considered such as Environmental Science, Earth Studies or Geology.

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Routes into Teaching

The next Routes into Teaching event will be on Friday 7th December in the Fraser Noble Building at the School of Education, University of Leicester from 4.00 - 5.30pm.

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