The Southampton University-based Secondary PGCE course at Southampton provides an excellent route into teaching. The course has consistently been rated highly by former trainees, and has been successful in a series of recent Ofsted inspections. Two thirds of the PGCE is spent in two school placements, starting in October, under the guidance of curriculum mentors who are all experienced classroom teachers. One third is spent in university, under the guidance of curriculum tutors, who all have extensive school teaching experience. The subject areas available cover a broad range of National Curriculum subjects: you can find out more about individual subjects from the links below:
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Professional Skills Tests
Applicants to all Teacher Training courses for 2016-17 must take and pass the Professional Skills tests before they start the course. Information on this can be found here. Click on the relevant topics to find more information and practice tests: Literacy and Numeracy.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)
If you have an A level in either mathematics or a science, but a degree in a different subject, you could still train to teach one of the priority subjects, mathematics or physics. We are also offering a SKE for those wishing to train to teach Computer Science. The SKE element gives you the extra depth of subject knowledge - plus the bonus of some classroom experience - before joining the main PGCE programme (Provider Led or School Direct) the following September. You may also receive a bursary for the SKE (under current rules - this may be subject to change).
View the programme specification document for this course
Applications are made centrally online through UCAS Teacher Training, rather than direct to the University. You can also monitor the progress of your application from this site.
On successful completion, you will have gained not only your PGCE, but have attained Qualified Teacher Status. This is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
For further general information on PGCE programmes, email the ITE office or telephone: 023 8059 2413. You can find general information on teaching as a career, including the criteria for QTS, on the Department for Education website.
For enquiries about a particular subject, contact the subject programme tutor. Details are given on each subject page, listed above.
University-based classes are on the Highfield Campus (B32/B34), while placements are in our partner schools in Southampton and the surrounding area.
As of June 2014, employment rates of teachers completing the course was on average 90% - English, Geography and History with 100%.
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Other teaching options
School Direct is a new school-led path to gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). Find out more about School Direct
As a graduate in any discipline, you can gain QTS in a year for Key Stages 1 and 2. Find out more about Primary PGCE.
For those graduates wishing to teach in colleges or the FE Learning and Skills sector we now offer a PGCE - FE
The MA (Ed) Dissertation through flexible study ('Flex') provides an non-conventional route to a Master's degree which enables you to develop your own specialist area of interest. It's ideal for former PGCE students who enjoy a challenge and are confident independent learners.
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||Currently, you must have GCSE passes at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. This is a government requirement, and ‘equivalent qualifications' are as designated by the PGCE admissions team (IELTS qualifications are not considered equivalent). If your qualifications are not considered to be appropriate, we can offer GCSE equivalent tests in English and Maths. There will be a charge of £50 for each of these and they are not deemed to be transferable. If you are currently studying for a qualification in a required subject, any place offered would be conditional on a successful outcome, or the successful outcome of a Southampton University Equivalency test. If you have Access or other qualifications, please provide full details of subjects and level.|
Prospective candidates will have good knowledge of the subject, from a first degree award. The normal expectation is that students will have at least 50% of their first degree in their chosen subject. Please see individual subject areas for their particular application requirements.
At interview applicants will be required to do a short presentation, undertake a written task and be formally interviewed. You will enhance your interview rating if you have already observed some teaching and learning in a Secondary school. It is an expectation that you will be able discuss what you have seen in schools at interview, and some questions will be specifically directed towards such experiences.
Please note, applicants cannot be registered on any other course from September of the year of entry (this includes PhDs and Masters degrees).
Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.
Further information and access to practice papers can be found on the Department for Education website here.
These requirements do not apply to applicants for the PGCE -FE.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
The full-time, one year, course starts in early September and continues through to the end of June, with breaks over Christmas and Easter. The course itself is designed to cover all aspects of teaching.
There are three main university phases and two school placements during the year. Prior to the first placement the emphasis is on understanding how to teach the key concepts and processes in your subject, as well as learning about planning, behaviour management, the use of ICT, and the development of literacy and numeracy within your subject. The second university phase deepens your understanding of teaching by exploring issues such as teaching diversity, controversial topics, the 14-19 curriculum, and inclusion.
During the course you will work in two different schools, supported and guided by mentors. Assessment is based chiefly on your ability to teach; it also includes three major assignments and several short tasks. You will receive thorough preparation for all these, which are designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of effective teaching and learning.
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
View the full list of course fees
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
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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.Explore funding opportunities
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
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). |
|Books||Where 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. |
|Equipment||Field 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. |
|Equipment||Laboratory 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. |
|Equipment||Computer 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. |
|Clothing||Lab coats (only applicable for Science modules): The University/School placements will provide.|
|Clothing||Fieldcourse 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. |
|Clothing||Uniforms: Smart, formal clothing is expected to be worn on school placements. |
|Printing and copying||Assignments 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. |
|Placements||Travel costs: Trainees are expected to pay for the cost of getting to and from each school placement.|
|Placements||Disclosure 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. |
|Other||Optional visits: If any visit is offered as an optional visit, then trainees are expected to bear the full cost. |
|Other||Parking 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.