Southfields Academy
English (2QPB)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
King’s College London (University of London)
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Southfields Academy Teaching School SCITT has many years of ITT experience, both as a provider in our own right and also in our successful partnerships with leading universities. We offer placements in Good/Outstanding schools and strong support to PGCE trainees and their subject mentors.

Located in the heart of London, PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted, with excellent tutors on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014). You will have the opportunity to work with experienced tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely. Ninety-four per cent of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying. In the King’s student survey, 92% of trainees rated the quality of their training as very good or good.

The course aims to prepare students to:

  • become effective secondary school teachers
  • become knowledgeable subject specialists who can progress to take on responsibilities in curriculum development
  • become good classroom managers
  • become successful form tutors and collaborative colleagues.

The course encourages learning through critical reflection, making connections between the theory and practice of teaching, and continuing to self-evaluate and improve throughout a teaching career.

University sessions include:

  • opportunities to discuss and debate in small groups
  • interactive whole class teaching
  • trialling materials for use in schools
  • using drama, media and technology resources
  • lectures
  • opportunities for students to develop their presentation skills.

The course also makes full use of the university’s unique location on the River Thames by providing opportunities to visit places like the Globe, Tate Modern and the Poetry Library.

The course starts in the second week of September and is full-time until late June. College sessions are usually from 9:30 to 4:30 but much of the time is spent in schools and you are usually expected to be in school by 8:00. The course is very intensive and most students find that they are not able to do part-time work during the training year.

Southfields has School Direct placements for English trainees within our partnership. If the placement school is important to you, please contact the Teaching School on 020 8870 1797 for the latest position on our vacancies.

Interview process

The recruitment process will be carried out by the university and by the Teaching School in co-operation with its partner schools. It will be a two-stage process i.e. school-based interview and university-based interview.

The King’s process includes: a group discussion, a written task and an individual interview. Your writing will be checked for the ability to express yourself clearly and accurate grammar and spelling.

For the school-based interview, you will spend a day or half-day at the potential placement school, after which we make a recommendation to the university.

You have to pass both interview stages and the final decision on an offer rests with the university.

How school placements work

You will have two school placements (AB model) and you will undertake teaching practice and other duties (e.g. pastoral role) at the schools. You follow the normal school timetable, with time allowed to also follow your university calendar.

The advantage of School Direct over the traditional university route is that you will know which school(s) you will be placed at and will have visited the main/first placement school as part of the selection process. You will have chosen them and they will have chosen you!

When you start your school placements you will observe departmental and other colleagues, then undertake supernumerary teaching and class support until you are ready to progress to teaching your own classes.

If you are on placement at Southfields Academy itself you will have the opportunity to join our General Professional Studies sessions at the Teaching School. Here you consolidate your learning in a supportive and confidential environment.

You will have access to a Subject Mentor within your placement school, who will provide subject-specific advice and meet with you regularly to plan your training and give you feedback. Your mentor will also provide progress reports to the university.

You will also have access to the Teaching School team, which is always on hand to answer queries, follow your progress, liaise with your mentor and tackle any cause for concern.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £19,320

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £12,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Bachelor degree (2.2 or above) in English or joint honours (50% English). Academic theatre studies, Communications, media or linguistic degrees may be considered, depending on the degree content. Candidates whose first degree is not in English must demonstrate significant literature subject knowledge.

GCSE English and Maths All applicants must possess a grade C/grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths - or qualifications classified as equivalent by UK NARIC.

Where applicants do not possess a grade C/4 they must pass an equivalency test prior to commencing the course. For further information please contact the King’s Admissions Team.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to engage interest and communicate your own enthusiasm for English.
  • Commitment to working with young people.
  • Ability to explain ideas clearly and to think on your feet.
  • Evidence of good interpersonal skills.
  • Awareness of current educational issues.

Other requirements

The DfE requires the Disclosure and Barring Service to vet the background of persons working in schools. Candidates offered a PGCE place must complete an enhanced DBS check to ensure they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them working as a teacher.

Students who have lived outside the UK in the last 5 years must also provide a certificate of good conduct for the relevant countries.

All trainees must meet the DfE requirements for physical and mental health, but few health problems preclude applicants from teaching. Contact King’s if you have questions about health, disability, or support.

About the training provider

Southfields Academy Teaching School SCITT has a history of employment-based teacher training going back to 2000. In July 2011 we were awarded National Teaching School status and were one of the Teaching Schools to pilot the School Direct route. We have the advantage of being both an accredited ITT Provider and a Lead School, so training is genuinely school-led. Trainees are immersed in school life and supported by experienced teaching and training practitioners.

We currently offer:

  • A School Direct Salaried programme leading to QTS;

  • A School Direct Tuition Fee programme, with our university partners, leading to a PGCE and QTS;

  • Placements for university PGCE trainees.

In addition to Southfields Academy itself, we have a partnership of schools in SW London including: St John Bosco College, Richmond Park Academy, Ashcroft Technology Academy, Linden Lodge School and Hampton High School.

You will receive subject training and teaching opportunities at your employing school or placement school. You will meet a range of other trainee teachers in our mixed cohort and you will gain experience with a diverse mix of students over your two school experiences.

We are a smaller Provider, with a friendly, experienced team able to provide you with a high level of personalised support. Each year our trainees leave us as good or outstanding trainees teachers, fully prepared to teach in the real world. You can read testimonials on our website

We are conveniently located in SW London and easily accessible by underground, rail and buses.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All schools have policies on Accessibility, Disability and Equal Opportunities which comply with the Equality Act 2010 and other relevant legislation, and apply to trainee teachers as well as other staff and pupils.

If you have mobility issues, there are lifts at Southfields Tube station and Earlsfield rail station and the 156 bus from Wimbledon-Clapham Junction stops right outside Southfields Academy. Car park spaces can be arranged for disabled trainees. The Academy has lifts and level-access routes within the building.

If you are deaf or hearing-impaired, reasonable adjustments can be made. Southfields Academy has a specialist Hearing Support Centre for deaf students so the technology is state-of-the-art and includes touch screen computers, iPads, video cameras and interactive touch screen boards in teaching rooms. Audiological equipment is also the most up-to-date, with personal FM systems (and wireless microphones) available for all. We have previously had trainees who use a sign-language interpreter. If you have a learning difficulty we will help you to access the training. All resources can be adjusted e.g. for colour and size of print. We have previously supported trainees with dyslexia.

Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have about the facilities and physical environment, either at Southfields Academy or our partner schools.

Contact details

020 8870 1797
Southfields Academy Teaching School
333 Merton Road
SW18 5JU


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