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School Direct PGCE (1 year)

School Direct is a school-led teacher training route which allows schools, in partnership with an accredited teacher training provider, to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they were trained (although there is no absolute guarantee of employment). Our School Direct courses are designed with our Partnership schools to suit their School Alliances and are based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

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Introducing your course

Would you like to work with children and young people while preparing them for the future? Do you want to inspire the next generation and help them realise their ambitions? Do you want to work in a school setting from the very start of your PGCE year? Then apply for our School Direct (training) or (salaried) PGCE courses in either Primary or Secondary Education; designed with our Partnership schools to suit their School Alliances and based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher. Make a difference in a student’s life and become a qualified teacher with the School Direct PGCE.

Overview

  • You can apply to more than one school.
  • You will gain placements and training in schools with experience of initial teacher training (ITT), including some of the new teaching schools.
  •  You can expect to spend the majority of your time training in the classroom
  • All places will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and also a PGCE from the University of Southampton.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

If you are interested in School Direct please access the Get into teaching website here for more information. Applications are made through the UCAS website. Our partner Lead Schools and websites for School Direct for 2016-17 are shown via the link below.

School Direct Lead Schools 2017-18

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Programme Structure

School Direct Training Programme

  • Trainees working with a school in partnership with the University of Southampton on a School Direct training course pay tuition fees of £9000
  • You will be eligible for the same financial support, including bursaries, as other fee paying postgraduate teacher training routes.
  • Entry requirements will be the same as for the PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary courses at SEdS.
  • There are 2 slightly different programmes we run in collaboration with our School Direct partner schools. Both programmes include approximately 60 training days, split between the university and schools, in two slightly different ways.
    • Route 1: approximately 20 training days are in the university and 40 in the placement school or Alliance lead school.
    • Route 2: approximately 60 training days in the university i.e. more closely aligned to the university-led programme.

For more information visit:
Video: Initial Teacher Education at the University of Southampton: School Direct Route 1
Video: Initial Teacher Education at the University of Southampton: School Direct Route 2

School Direct Salaried Programme

  • Trainees working with a school in partnership with the University of Southampton on a School Direct salaried course are employed by their school and will be paid on point one (£15817) or above of the unqualified teacher scale. This route is open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience.
  • Entry requirements will be the same as for the PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary courses at SEdS. Course programme includes approximately 60 training days: 20 in the university and 40 in the school.

 School Direct Self-funded Programme

  • Self-funded School Direct trainee teachers are employed and paid a salary by their lead school. These trainee teachers often work in private schools although state schools can support a self-funded trainee teacher (e.g. where a school wants to support an exceptional candidate but does not have a salaried or training place available or they have an unqualified teacher who they would like supported to gain QTS). In these cases it is for the training partnership (employing school and SEdS) and trainee teacher to agree costs and payments.
  • Entry requirements will be the same as for the PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary courses at SEdS. Course programme includes approximately 60 training days: 20 in the university and 40 in the school.
  • Application for self-funded places is not through UCAS but should be made directly to Jan Lewis at J.V.Lewis@soton.ac.uk
  • Please note these places do not entitle the school or trainee teacher to salary funding, bursaries or student loans.

Key Facts

More information:
Visit the Department for Education website for more information on School Direct, or contact the SEdS School Direct team: SchoolDirectAdmissions@soton.ac.uk

Professional Skills tests

  • Applicants to all Teacher Training courses must take and pass the Government's Professional Skills tests before starting the course (apart from PGCE-FE).
  • Information is available on the DFE Website including practice tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

You apply directly to the school you want to be trained in, which will work in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution (eg the University of Southampton). Information about the schools offering places, and how to apply, can be found here and via the link to the right.

Entry requirements will be the same as for the PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary courses at SEdS.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Course content will vary from school to school, and further details will appear in due course on the school's website. This can be accessed via the links on the School Direct website accessed here.

Year 1

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc).
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentField equipment and materials (only applicable to Science and Geography modules): A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g. field notebook(s), compass-clinometer, geological hammer, steel tape measure, map case, pocket lens (x 10), safety helmet, safety goggles, bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid, as appropriate. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler, a pair of compasses, set squares, protractor, pencils (including coloured), eraser, calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials (only applicable to Science modules): All materials will be provided to you at no additional cost. However, you will need provide yourselves with such items as a ruler, a pair of compasses, set squares, protractor, pencils (including coloured), eraser, calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
EquipmentComputer discs (only applicable to Computer Science modules): Generally equipment required will be supplied by the University. Students are expected to have access to a personal computer/device and usual devices such as memory sticks etc.
ClothingLab coats (only applicable for Science modules): The University/School placements will provide.
ClothingFieldcourse clothing (Only applicable for Science and Geography modules): You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending fieldcourses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
ClothingUniforms: Smart, formal clothing is expected to be worn on school placements.
Printing and copyingAssignments are to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy, such as copies of pupil work. Photocopying and printing costs incurred in school placements are paid by the school. There are limits on the amount of copying and printing that can be done by any individual in most schools. Students need to take this into account when deciding what to print.
PlacementsTravel costs: Trainees are expected to pay for the cost of getting to and from each school placement.
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: Trainees are expected to pay for a DBS check, unless they have a portable DBS, or a current DBS issued by the University of Southampton, already in place.
OtherOptional visits: If any visit is offered as an optional visit, then trainees are expected to bear the full cost.
OtherParking costs: Trainees are expected to bear any parking costs themselves.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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