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Training to teach Geology

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by goldkaiserproductions94, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. goldkaiserproductions94

    goldkaiserproductions94 New commenter

    Hi guys,

    I want to eventually train to teach geology at GCSE and A-level. I was originally planning on doing this by first partaking in a Biology Secondary PGCE program and I have been made an offer By UOB. However, it has recently been suggested to me by a school I work at that it may be more beneficial for me to do a Geography PGCE instead. As a result I’m currently unsure if I should accept my offer or defer for a year and do a geography PGCE. I have a background in geology (2.1 and masters) at university however I haven’t done geography since gcse and my grade was just short or a D. Not sure what would be more beneficial for me- any suggestions?
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    Do many schools teach Geology. I know in my LA most geology was taught at colleges.
  3. MathMan1

    MathMan1 New commenter

    A possible snag with taking Geology would be that if you wanted to move schools then you might find it hard to identify another school local to yours that offers geology, whereas Geography would be more often offered in schools.
  4. MathMan1

    MathMan1 New commenter

    Could you speak to whichever uni you're proposing to take a PGCE with and ask them specifically which schools offer geology and then you'd be able to find out how many classes per year take it.

    The reason that could be useful is, if it's in small demand then each school may require just one teacher (who's already there) so unless they up & leave you'd be stuck in securing a second place IYSWIM.
    agathamorse likes this.
  5. MathMan1

    MathMan1 New commenter

    ... & a SKE to bump up your geography (if required) would surely be something you'd be able to do quite easily.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. goldkaiserproductions94

    goldkaiserproductions94 New commenter

    This is why I’m unsure if I should do a geography or a biology PGCE. There’s a course you can do at keele once you’ve gained QTS and from there you can teach both geology and which ever subject I choose but which is what I’m struggling. Geography has a fair bit of geology included but I’m unsure if that’s covered in the current national curriculum
  7. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    I would not advise Geography. Science is a sound and solid platform from which to gain your QTS and then go on to teach geology.

    I’ll be frank, Geography, the humanities subject, is quite a specialist field of knowledge. You’d be spending all your time mugging up on the stuff you had to teach. And you don’t sound inspired by Geography. A pupil wants a teacher who is inspired by their subject. Stick with the science route. I am a course leader and that’s what I’d advise an applicant.
    VeronicAmb and agathamorse like this.

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