About this course
Become a primary or secondary teacher whilst training directly in a school, and have the option to earn whilst you train. After training it’s likely you’ll get the chance to work in your placement school or within its school group.
All our PGCE courses are open for 2020/21 and you can still apply. We look forward to hearing from you.
Work with children and young people in education, either with primary school ages 4 to 11 or secondary school ages 12 to 16.
Our School Direct PGCE, training or salaried, allows you to train and work in a school setting from the start of your course. All of our School Direct Lead Schools 2020/21 are experienced in initial teacher training (ITT).
You’ll also gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and credits towards a master’s degree.
We’ve designed this course with our schools to suit their School Alliances and is based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). Therefore, the training and course material may differ between schools.
The schools recruit the trainees they want, with the expectation that you’ll go on to work within the school or group of schools where you are trained.
Your course leader is Ms Kate Freeth. She is Director of Initial Teacher Education and Lead Tutor for English in the Southampton Education School. Kate strongly believes in ‘education for all’ and has spent all her working life exploring ways to include children in their own education.
Kate's research interests include:
- personalised/Individualised Learning
- assessment for Learning
- drama in English
- literacy for learning
- special educational needs
For more information view Kate’s staff profile
This course is based at In school.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
- an honors level undergraduate degree 2:2 or above
- GCSEs (minimum grade 4/C) in English language and maths
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
If you’re currently studying or waiting for any of these, any place offered would be conditional on a successful outcome of this, or of a Southampton University equivalency test.
If your GCSE qualifications aren’t suitable, we offer equivalency tests in English and maths (non-transferable) which cost £50 each.
For secondary subject courses, the normal expectation is that students will have at least 50% of their undergraduate degree in their chosen subject. Please see individual subject areas for their particular application requirements.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
Got a question?
If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time course. You’ll study from September to June, with breaks at Christmas and Easter.
You’ll spend your time training in 2 placement schools.
The course consists of 4 compulsory modules. We assess 3 of them at master’s level, 1 at undergraduate level. You’ll need to pass the 3 master’s-level modules to gain your PGCE award.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This course does not have typical modules. Please download the programme specification in the 'About this course' section for full details of the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
In your school placements, you’ll have structured opportunities to observe experienced teachers at work and to discuss professional issues with colleagues. You’ll spend the majority of time learning from practical experience in the classroom.
We'll assess you regularly to keep your progress under review and update you on your how you're getting on. Short, subject-based tasks will help you to develop an insight into effective teaching.
You'll need to demonsrate:
- that your teaching meets the Teachers' Standards in order to gain QTS
- your performance as a teacher
- 3 assignments based on
- your curriculum area
- aspects of subject teaching
- a study of a whole-school issue
Your assignments are marked at master’s level and if successful in all 3, trainees will be awarded the Post-graduate Certificate in Education, as well as 60 credits towards a master’s degree. This course also leads to QTS, qualifying you to teach in school.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Successfully completing this course will give you Qualified Teacher Status in addition to your PGCE award. This means you'll be able to work as a teacher in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.
School Direct courses often lead to you working in the school you’ve been training in. We also have high employment rates from all of our PGCE courses.
If you choose to continue your studies, the credits you build up from your master’s-level modules can be put towards a future master’s degree qualification.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
PGCE course applications are processed through UCAS. When you apply, you'll be taken to the UCAS website where you'll need to register an account with UCAS to submit an application. For information: there is a plan to move PGCE courses from applying through UCAS onto a DFE system.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
UCAS process applications for this course. When you apply, they'll give you details of any supporting information or documents you'll need to submit.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
Following application through UCAS you will hear back by email from the University. The University has 40 working days to respond to your application, but you will almost always hear back much more quickly than that.
If you are selected for the next stage of the process you will be invited for an interview at the University. The interview process includes an opportunity to find out more about the course and to ask questions. You will give a short presentation, complete a short written task and have a face-to-face interview with tutors. Following the interview, we'll make a decision on whether or not to offer you a conditional place. The decision will be uploaded to UCAS within 5 working days of the interview date.
Interviews will take place online if they are not possible in person. You'll receive an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
All offers are conditional on enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health checks.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000