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Southampton Education SchoolPostgraduate study

How to apply

The application route for postgraduate courses varies according to the type of course. As a guideline, applications for the various teacher training options are either via DfE Apply or a hybrid route.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - primary and secondary

For all our PGCE options at primary or secondary level, you should apply through DfE Apply. The DfE Apply website contains information on the application process including fees and deadlines.

Our primary and secondary PGCE courses are full-time and run for one year. All courses start in September. Places in some programmes can fill up quickly, therefore early application is recommended. 

Beyond your academic achievements, as a prospective student you will need to have spent some time observing in the classroom. This helps ensure that you are informed about today's school environment, and can confirm your own wish to teach. You also need to be medically fit, and undergo a DBS check.

You should be prepared to bring original degree and other required certificates to interview.

School Direct

School Direct is a training route for both primary and secondary trainees which allows schools to recruit and select the trainees they want. This route also leads to a PGCE, but trainees spend more time in school, and less in the university and in their second placement school. For further details, including how to apply, see the School Direct course page.

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