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- Pre-Course Information for 2014-15 PGCE trainees
The course is dominated by practical activities, which arise from explicit theories of teaching and learning: theory and practice cannot be separated as we learn how to teach geography.
St Luke's Campus, Exeter
Geography as a subject finds itself in a unique position in school and in a global society. In schools geography has become one of the chosen EBacc subjects, which maintains its high profile in the curriculum. However on a wider scale, as children are growing up in a culture of globalisation, economic change and environmental issues, geography has a crucial role in the education of children and their understanding of the nature of the contemporary world in which they live.
The Geography PGCE course here at Exeter is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflexive practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. The course has an outstanding reputation, is consistently over-subscribed, and is highly regarded by schools regionally, nationally and internationally.
The course is dominated by practical activities, which arise from explicit theories of teaching and learning: theory and practice cannot be separated as we learn how to teach geography. In the first term the University-based sessions cover a wide range of important issues such as teaching methodology, games and simulations, fieldwork, assessment and managing children’s learning. These are picked up again throughout the year in school-based work, under the guidance of experienced teachers and during the seminar days in terms two and three when you return to the University for a full day. Peer and practical teaching is an important part of the first term programme and all trainees also combine and share development in support groups and in subject knowledge seminars. Individualised tuition is provided in a range of areas, including ICT, designed to meet the needs of all trainee-teachers.
In the latest TDA Performance Profile statistics, 91 per cent of our Geography trainees were awarded QTS, and 79% found employment teaching*
The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.