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All Geology course participants undertake areas of study in:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Geology: The OAKS course is built upon Science or Geography in the National Curriculum, A-level and GCSE Geology specifications, the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status and the needs of Trainee Teachers, pupils and schools. Geology sessions will essentially look at ways of teaching Earth science/geology content through the 11-18 age range.

Typical topics for Earth science/geology sessions include: o Planning a Scheme of Work and teaching rock identification in lab and field o Teaching geophysics, the structure of the Earth and plate tectonics using practical simulation o Lesson planning and practical sedimentology o Igneous processes and hazards brought to life o Misconceptions, the rock cycle, deformation and metamorphism o Visualising geological time and geological dating methods o Addressing the climate change debate o Integrating palaeontology and environmental interpretation o Applying environmental geology o Developing spatial thinking skills through geological mapwork o Integrated fieldwork o ‘Thinking like a geologist’ – what does this mean? o Using models and debate and argumentation o New technology in geology teaching

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 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. Your first placement will be in a school where you will focus on your geography or science teaching since this is likely to be part of any future school or college teaching role you undertake. In your second placement you will also focus on A-level geology teaching. 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.

The course will equip you to become a science or geography teacher with a geology specialism – and follow in the successful footsteps of many others who have trained through the OAKS and Keele partnerships previously.