Course Name

Geography

Course Length

September to June

Course UCAS Code

F8X1

Partner Training School

Titus Salt School

Bursary Amount

£15,000

Geography Teacher Training

As a geography teacher, you will bring the world to your classroom. It will be your responsibility to deliver a dynamic and engaging curriculum that is growing in popularity as more students choose this subject at GCSE.

Studying geography allows students to understand the physical geography behind how places and landscapes are formed. They’ll also discover more about how people interact with their environment, what consequences arise from everyday life and gain a broader understanding of the different cultures and societies that exist across the globe.

Young people have a natural curiosity about the world around them, and excellent Geography teaching enables pupils to appreciate the varied and fantastic world in which we live.

Requirements

In order to become a secondary school teacher in geography, you should be passionate about the subject and be willing to share this with pupils in an inspirational and engaging way. It is your mission to inspire young people’s interest in the world and its environment.

Most of the graduates that train to become geography teachers will hold a second-class degree or higher in geography, or a closely related subject. It is important to have a good understanding of both physical and human geography but also be well-versed in the appropriate terminology and skills such as fieldwork, mapping, data handling and research.

How to Teach Without a Geography Degree

Leeds SCITT also allows those without a geography degree to become teachers in this subject, provided they take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). This course will give you sufficient knowledge to be able to teach it in the classroom and can also be a good refresher if you’ve had a break from your specialist subject. The SKE course takes place before the SCITT course and can take between 8 to 28 weeks, so be sure to allow time for this if you’re interested in teaching geography. Your eligibility and the subsequent length of the course will be decided during your interview.

The SCITT Programme

Our programme will give you support to gain confidence in teaching this broad subject that allows pupils to develop their practical, analytical, creative, evaluative and problem-solving skills. You’ll develop the skills required to devise and deliver enlightening lessons about our planet’s people, places, landscapes and natural history.

You will work alongside an experienced team of Geographers and the wider Humanities department, who have proven ability to ensure achievement for all pupils.

The course has been amazing so far. It has offered an all-round experience, including teaching both human and physical Geography topics and opportunities to partake in fieldwork trips. Not to mention, I have worked alongside some inspirational characters and felt part of a team in each placement. With support and guidance where required, I have been able to develop a teaching style adapted to suit me. It has certainly been challenging but not without all sorts of excitement and fulfilment along the way

— Geography Trainee

From the Geography ITT School Lead Tutor

The Lead Tutor for Geography has over 17 years’ experience teaching in local secondary schools. He is Leader of Geography at Titus Salt School and he has extensive experience of exam marking for one of the main exam boards.

The Lead Tutor has been involved with Leeds SCITT for over 5 years, during which time there has been excellent trainee outcomes and an outstanding employability record.

Placements

Titus Salt School is a large, oversubscribed comprehensive school, based in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire. The Geography department at Titus Salt School is a large department that has teachers with a wealth of experience and who are passionate about ensuring their pupils fulfil their potential. At Titus Salt School Geography is taught from Year 7 through to A’ level.

With Leeds SCITT, you will have unique opportunities to improve your subject knowledge and help pupils to understand their place in the world and the relevance and importance of Geography.

In addition to your lead school placement, you can be placed within two of our additional partnership schools to give you contrasting placements.

Financing your Geography course

You may be eligible for tax-free bursaries and scholarships whilst on the Geography SCITT course. You’ll have the option to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan, as well as additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability. See here for more information on funding your geography teacher training.

Geography PGCE Qualification

In addition to achieving qualified teacher status (QTS) as part of the Geography SCITT course, you’ll also have the opportunity to qualify for a PGCE. This is worth 60 masters credits and is awarded from Leeds Trinity University. The PGCE certification is internationally-recognised and will allow you to teach geography outside of England and Wales.

Geography Teacher Salary

Once your training is complete and you reach qualified teacher status (QTS), you’re eligible to be employed as a teacher of geography in a secondary school. New geography teachers can expect a starting salary of at least £24,373. Leeds SCITT is known for its high-employability rate and 90% of our trainees go on to find employment before the September term. As you advance in your career as a teacher, your salary will increase.

Bursary amount if awarded

£15,000

School that runs this course

Titus Salt School

UCAS course code

F8X1

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