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School of Architecture and Built Environment

Geography, Urban Environments and Climate Change with Secondary Education (QTS)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching geography.

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching geography.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code F810
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 1 September 2021
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment

Why choose this course?

This course provides a high standard of training and subject knowledge for those who wish to take up a teaching post in the secondary school sector teaching geography. It will give you both the Geography knowledge at degree level and ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained secondary school. You will undertake both geography, urban environment and climate change modules at our Wolverhampton campus and periods of education-based learning at the Walsall Campus.. You will also spend at least 120 days divided between a range of different schools at different times during the three year course. As a trainee you will learn how to teach geography to pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase, with additional primary and post-16 enhancements.

The geography content of the course reflects topical concerns of the five main GCSE and A-Level 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.

This course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.

What happens on the course?

Modules including

Year One

  • The Natural Environment
  • Geography of the Urban Landscape
  • Human Health & the Environment
  • Sustainable Construction Technology
  • Energy Use and Climate Change

Year Two

  • Transportation Engineering
  • The Digital Environment
  • Conservation, Preservation & Conversion
  • Climate Change, Sustainability & Smart Cities

Year Three

  • Geo-BIM
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental issues of the Developing World

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence.  Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield Campus.

 

 

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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

Disclosure & Barring Service Check - £46

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you are unsure whether you hold an acceptable GCSE equivalent qualification for ITT, please contact our Admissions Department admissions@wlv.ac.uk for clarification.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses, GCSE English Literature or GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations.

PLUS EITHER

Typical entry requirements: 80 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CDD / CCE including Geography at grade C(excluding A Level General Studies and A Level Critical Thinking)
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades MMP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DM
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMP
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award) - Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction

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  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Important Requirements

As part of the Department for Education (DfE) ITT compliance, if you are successful you will be required to provide your ORIGINAL certificates to the University of Wolverhampton Admissions Unit.

You will also take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your readiness to train to teach.

Interview and Selection

First Stage: All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course. If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.

Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

Second Stage: You will undertake either an observed group task or a subject-specific activity (if you are applying for secondary teacher training).

Third Stage: You will engage in individual face to face interview

We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course. Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.

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 £40.00 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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

 

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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