Training to teach geography

Geography isn’t just an important subject that teaches young people about the world around them – it’s also increasingly popular. When you train to teach the subject, you could benefit from the support of a generous bursary  of £25,000 or a £27,500 scholarship. There’s even plenty of support before you apply – when you register with us. You’ll receive all your teaching-related questions answered and help throughout your application, from our teaching experts. 

Applications for teacher training are open

Good geography teachers are sought-after by schools, so there’s no better time to inspire the next generation.

Your teacher training will set you up for long-term success on a career path where you get to use your knowledge to inspire young people’s interest in the world and its environment. You’ll develop the skills to devise and deliver enlightening lessons to teach pupils about our planet’s people, places, landscapes, processes and natural history.

At the end of successfully completing teacher training, you’ll gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is needed to teach as a qualified teacher in England.  Additionally, all university-led courses will offer a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), and so do most school-led courses - you can check if a course provides a PGCE on UCAS Teacher Training.

Once you’re a qualified teacher, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London and excellent opportunities for rapid career progression.

Enhance your subject knowledge 

Last year nearly 40% of trainees in eligible subjects completed additional subject training to enable them to start teacher training. If you don’t have a geography degree, or need to refresh your knowledge, you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before you start your training. During the course, you could get a SKE bursary of up to £2,400 for a shorter course of 8-12 weeks and up to £5,600 for a 28-week course – find out more

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Upcoming events

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Train to Teach Liverpool John Moores University

01 April 2017 10:00

This event in Liverpool will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach Manchester Metropolitan University

08 April 2017 10:00

This event in Manchester will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach University of Brighton

09 May 2017 16:30

This event in Brighton will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Application workshop Exeter

28 March 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.