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PGCE Secondary Geography

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

PGCE Secondary Geography


About the course

This Secondary PGCE programme converts geographers into geography teachers.

The main aim is to help you become a competent and engaging teacher of geography at a secondary level. Part of this course also extends your studies and experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching. You’ll spend a third of your course studying at the University with dedicated subject tutors, and the remainder is spent on two teaching practices in two different schools. You’ll benefit from both a professional tutor and a subject-specific, personal mentor to guide you through your teaching practice.

Hull benefits from close partnerships with approximately 90 schools. These schools are largely based in the East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire region, but we also work with schools as far apart as North and West Yorkshire, as well as schools deep into the Lincolnshire countryside. There’s an opportunity to gain experience across a variety of school and academy types: urban or rural, large or small, comprehensive or selective.

What you'll study

You’ll focus on a diverse range of core areas. Each session forges a practical link that will enable you to relate geographical theory to its direct impact on children in the classroom. These areas include

  • Geography in the National Curriculum and the opportunities that it offers

  • Developing teaching approaches that will engage pupils of all abilities and backgrounds

  • The changing practices in assessment

  • Planning, preparing, teaching and evaluating quality geography lessons

  • The value and importance of fieldwork

  • The use of new technologies in the production of stimulating and engaging geography lessons

Assessment information


Assessment is based on a range of coursework assignments.


Assessment takes place in schools. You’ll also be assessed on your achievement of the Teachers’ Standards.

School experience

A total of 120 days are spent in schools during the programme, supported by school mentors, class teachers and University-based tutors.

Fees and funding

Home: £9,250

The way your course is funded depends on the route you take. 

You could access a Get Into Teaching bursary or scholarship. Your eligibility, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried postgraduate teacher training course but are not eligible to receive a bursary or a scholarship, you could be eligible for a tuition fee and maintenance loan.

We offer two ways to complete our PGCE with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

International: £15,400



School Direct training

The University works in close partnership with a wide range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances. You complete most of your school experience in one host School Direct establishment with a further 30 days in another school to ensure that you gain experience of different teaching environments. Academic theory will be delivered at the University campus.

School Direct institutions may offer ‘salaried’ places to suit graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You’ll be employed by the school and earn a salary as you train.

Provider-led training

The University selects the two schools in which you complete your school experience. We work in a range of schools, academies and teaching school alliances to ensure you are able to put theory into practice in high-quality, supportive settings.

Entry requirements

  • All applicants are required on entry to their teacher-training programme to hold an appropriate UK degree or equivalent qualification.

  • You must hold GCSE grade 4 or C (or above) passes in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

Any offers made are conditional on confirmation in writing from the University that any health requirements which may apply from time to time have been met.

In addition, all candidates must have undergone the relevant criminal record checks as shown by receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You will also complete a criminal convictions self-disclosure. This is an interim measure and is retained until the University has receipt of the full Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.