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School Direct (PGCE)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
1 year
Course Type
In school and Highfield
Next course starts
12 September 2023

About this course

Become a primary or secondary teacher while training in a school from the start of your course on one of our School Direct PGCE programmes. School Direct is a school-based training model with substantial links to the University. You'll spend most of your time in school placements: a major school placement in your ‘home’ school, and a shorter, contrasting placement to develop your skills. You'll also attend training days at the University.

For secondary training, we offer our own School Direct PGCE which is run through Southampton University Partnership Alliance (SUPA). This brings together the expertise of teachers in secondary schools across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire and the academic support of the University.

As a SUPA trainee you'll gain classroom experience by attending a school placement from Monday to Thursday. You’ll spend Fridays at the University, learning from teaching experts.

We also work with the following School Direct partners:

All our School Direct lead schools are experienced in initial teacher training (ITT).

The format of placement and University input varies, so please discuss your options with the school alliances.

With all School Direct routes, you'll gain qualified teacher status (QTS), a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and credits towards a master’s degree.

For primary training we partner with the Island Teaching Alliance (ITA), offering a School Direct route on the Isle of Wight.

Course lead

Your course leaders are:

Lucy Hoyes (Secondary)
Ian Campton (Primary)
Jan Lewis (SUPA)


Course locations

This course is based at In school and Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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