Aberystwyth University has a long tradition in teacher training in Geography. The course aims to give trainee teachers the confidence and skills needed to become successful teachers of Geography. It provides a firm foundation in understanding the teaching and learning process which is essential for the development of excellent professional classroom skills and high teaching standards. Trainees are introduced to a range of essential teaching skills such as lesson planning and preparation, questioning, explaining, marking of work, preparing resources, teaching map skills, classroom management and control strategies in order to produce lively, enthusiastic and creative teachers of Geography. ICT provides opportunities to enhance delivery in the classroom and features as an important element of the course.
The course is designed to prepare trainees to teach Geography in the National Curriculum at KS3, KS4 and post-16 to include AS and A2 courses. The National Curriculum and examination specifications guide the teaching that takes place in schools but they do not put the subject into a strait-jacket but allow teachers the opportunity to involve and motivate pupils in a meaningful way.
Trainees are expected to participate actively in this course, for example delivering micro lessons, creating resources, fieldwork, thinking skills and creating new ideas for teaching Geography. On occasions, practising teachers are invited to share their skills and expertise with trainees.
In order to be considered for interview you will need a degree, at least 50% of which is Geography-related. We accept students with degrees in, for example, Environmental Studies, Travel and Tourism, Leisure and Recreation and Earth Systems Science as well as Geography. There will be gaps in subject knowledge for all trainees and the course is designed to address this issue. You will also need a minimum Grade B in Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent. The University offers equivalence tests in these subjects if you do not have these requirements.
Welsh medium modules available
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (120 Credits) Students must take the following modules:
Learning To Teach 1: Introduction To Teaching Skills ED37300
Learning To Teach 2: Development Of Teaching Skills ED37400