The BSc (Hons) Geography, Urban Environments & Climate Change with Secondary Education (QTS) course will provide a high standard of both geography subject content and pedagogical knowledge in order to prepare students to take up a geography teaching post in the secondary sector. The course reflects the specific and precise quality frameworks established by the relevant national government agency, and complies fully with the relevant teaching standards framework.
The BSc (Hons) Geography, Urban Environments & Climate Change with Secondary Education (QTS) course is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful can be recommended to the relevant professional body for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is the recognised professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.
The geography content of the course reflects topical concerns of the five main GCE and GCSE awarding bodies, i.e. urban environments (especially brownfield regeneration), climate change, geographical information systems and environmental issues in the developing world. Of particular relevance is the inclusion of a geo-spatial theme running through the three years of the course, to provide students with a thorough appreciation of the teaching and learning potential of geographical information systems, remote sensing & Building Information Modelling, which are currently in demand in the teaching of geography at secondary level.
With reference to the teaching element of the degree, the programme will be supported by strong foundation teaching in study skills and all students will be given the opportunity to undertake their own education based research project in physics in the final year of study.
More broadly, the course will also be designed to develop secondary school teachers who will be:
The course will also help students to develop as a teacher who understands the link between subject knowledge and the curriculum knowledge needed to teach geography. Equally we seek to develop teachers who understand the needs of the individual pupil and the school community in which they will work.
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Develop strategies to undertake self-motivated study and research (including independent and/or project work).
Recognise the interaction of different systems (either natural and/or built environments) and the need for multidisciplinary approaches in order to promote both understanding of problems and strategies for their resolution, such as sustainability.
Identify attributes (both challenges and opportunities) associated with the development and current management of the multifaceted infrastructure of the built environment.
Understand the collection, use and analysis of appropriate data from a variety of technologies (especially geospatial) in order to solve problems, including the development of teaching and learning.
Demonstrate critical insights into concepts, theories and principles which enable evaluation and promotion of different management strategies and policy-making.
Apply key employability skills by fulfilling compliance with the professional codes of practice, especially those related to the teaching profession.
Recognition of the BSc (Hons) Geography, Urban Environments & Climate Change (QTS) will be sought by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) following validation.
This course is subject to the following relevant government agency documentation and requirements for initial teacher training that inform the management, structure and content of the course:
Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2013/14 and beyond are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course, Further information is available via the following link:
You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme.
An offer of a place will not be made until you have attended a formal interview. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach, medical check and prohibition order check requirements
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need an Occupational Health Check and a prohibition check prior to starting the course.
All applicants must meet the NCTL requirements for Initial Teacher Training.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.