Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Geography

The OAKS course is built upon Geography in the National Curriculum, the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the needs of Trainee Teachers, pupils and schools. Geography sessions will essentially look at ways of teaching Geography content through the 11-18 age range. Typical topics for Geography sessions include:

  • The use of Geographical Enquiry to structure a Geography curriculum.
  • The use of thinking skills and learner led learning techniques to structure Geography lessons
  • The importance of effective assessment to measure progress within a Geography curriculum and inform future planning.
  • The appropriate use of technology (including GIS, iPADs, IWB) to enhance learning.
  • The teaching of controversial topics such as migration, conflict and climate change.
  • The planning and execution of fieldwork with all key stages including effective risk assessment.
  • The teaching of contemporary Geographical topics such as Energy Security and 21st-century Geopolitics.
  • Effective teaching of data presentation and analysis across all key stages.

An important part of the course is learning how to create a stimulating and caring environment. To help create such an environment, you need to be enthusiastic and lessons need to be well planned and related to the needs of pupils. They need to be conducted in a well-organised way with a positive approach to control. You will be able to prepare in advance for handling different situations since strategies for maintaining discipline and managing the learning in a Geography laboratory are considered and discussed.

You will be encouraged to make use of Digital Technologies. Considerable attention is given to the use of Digital Technologies during the course. We also place emphasis on the development of your skills in Digital Technologies (both personal and professional) and provide a wealth of opportunities for you to become a highly competent, skilled technology user, whatever your starting point.

School experience

There are excellent working relationships between colleagues at our lead schools, the OAKS and other partnership schools that will contribute to your professional development. All schools have subject mentors who have been trained by us and they are responsible for your learning and development when on placement.

Course participants are assessed through written academic assignments and portfolios of evidence. Throughout your placements you will be assessed against the National Teacher Standards. Your final award will be either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, the outcome being determined by your performance in your formal academic assignments.

Geography trainee teachers are eligible for tax-free training scholarships and bursaries. Click here for further details on funding.