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PGCE Secondary Geography with QTS (11-16) course preparation

Educating young adults and being able to inspire them to share your passion in Geography is one of the main reasons why people choose to train as a Secondary Geography teacher. Imagination is crucial, as is the need for patience and the ability to develop and sustain excellent relationships with pupils, communicating clearly with them and breaking down complicated concepts into manageable building blocks for learning.

This programme will equip you with a range of academic, professional and vocational knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to become a high quality and skilled teacher of Geography. You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest of standards, which immerses you in the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies.

The aim is to develop your reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies, hands-on classroom experience, and opportunities to further your own subject knowledge. The programme is acknowledged to be at the cutting edge of new approaches to innovative geography education in the classroom as well as incorporating an excellent fieldwork experience.


Your Launchpad sessions

The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.


Academic preparation

The following items will be used within the first few weeks and it would be handy if you are able to obtain copies before you begin:

  • O.S. Map Explorer series 275 (Liverpool) and 285(Southport)
  • AQA 9-1 GCSE Geography Textbook (Ross and Rowles 2016): ISBN 0198366612 or new edition (July 22) 1382029128
  • AQA GCSE 9-1 Revision guide ISBN 0198423462
  • AQA GCSE Exam Questions (grades 7-9)  ISBN 1382009593

Suggested reading

Now is a good time to develop your knowledge further which will prepare you for the specific requirements of your course. Below are some suggestions for academic reading, this list is not exhaustive, however it will allow you to choose the books/articles/documents to read in relation to your programme.  Please note, we do not recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive, however you may be able to find some second hand or online.

  • DfE, (2020) ITT Core Content Framework [online] 
  • Biddulph,M, Lambert,D & Balderstone,D (2015) Learning to teach geography in the secondary school. Routledge, Abingdon. 3rd Edition
  • Jones,M (Ed) (2017) The Handbook of Secondary Geography Geographical Association, Sheffield.
  • Jones,M & Lambert,D (Eds) (2018) Debates in Geography Education, Routledge, Abingdon.
  • Rawding,C (2013) Effective innovation in the secondary geography curriculum: a practical guide. Routledge, Abingdon.
  • Capel, S. Leask, M. & Turner, T. (2019) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School Routledge – CORE
  • Beadle, P. & Murphy, J (2013) Why are you shouting at us? The Do’s and Don’ts of Behaviour Management, Bloomsbury Education
  • Pollard, A. 4rd ed. (2014) Reflective Teaching: Evidence-informed Professional Practice, Continuum

Additional materials

It would also be a good idea to think about stationery and other resources that will help such as basic stationery supplies (pens, notepads, glue, scissors etc.) and the use of a laptop (laptop loans are available from the library).


Meet your course leader: