Being a Geography teacher

Geography teachers help children explore the world, understand human behaviour, and dissect the physical environment.

Training options

Geography teachers must have a degree in Geography plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or have studied study a degree that combines professional education with Geography.

Four-year university course in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Geography at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

I love teaching Geography. It’s a modern subject that’s relevant to pupils, covering topics such as climate change, and it teaches pupils to have a respect for their natural environment and shows them the vast timeline of the world. I enjoy the time with pupils, exploring my subject and encouraging them to be enthusiastic about it.

Zoe Halliday - Geography Teacher at Douglas Ewert High School

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