Southampton Inclusion Partnership Primary (Special Educational Needs) (2QD2)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Winchester
Financial support
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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our trainees are school based Monday to Thursday and supported by the class teacher, their teacher tutor for the placement. After an induction period in September, trainees begin by co-teaching with the class teacher and with support slowly begin to take on more teaching and planning. The balance of teaching and learning is carefully managed throughout the year and increases with each placement and trainee confidence.

Every Friday is spent training either at the University of Winchester or within a SIP school. The training days cover the knowledge and skills you need to become a teacher and support your school based days.

The University provides training on English, maths, science, personalising learning and professional theory and practice. There are three university based assignments spread out over the year linking to the different modules. The University provides an assignment tutor and assignment guidance. SIP allocates trainees study days to aid with workload at specific points in the year.

SIP provides training days based in our partner schools or local mainstream schools. These days complement the university based training but also delve deeper into the theories and practicalities of teaching pupils with SEND. Our training days are led by experienced teaching staff, multi-professionals, senior leaders and specialist leaders of education from both special and mainstream settings.

Training is adapted yearly based on current educational reforms, the Core Content Framework for ITT and feedback from course leads and trainees. Successful completion of the course results in trainees who are well equipped to teach SEND but also mainstream pupils.

School placements

There are three school placements over the year plus an enhanced placement. Two placements are within special needs schools and one placement is within a mainstream school. Placements take place Monday to Thursday during the school terms, Fridays are training days. During the placements, trainees will teach across the primary age-range Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. We work closely with our trainees to choose the appropriate placements.

The Enhanced Placement takes place during the month of June at the end of the programme. Trainees get the wonderful opportunity to spend a short time in up to four very different schools. These range from nurseries, secondary special schools to a hospital school. Trainees are not expected to teach during this placement, the aim is to expand their knowledge of other educational settings.

The two longer placements are within our special needs schools. We believe it is important for our trainees to experience two different schools as the nature of SEND is so wide ranging, we wish to fully prepare our trainees for their future career. For our trainees who wish to experience a further mainstream placement, we can offer mainstream experiences during the enhanced placement.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

There are various equivalency qualifications we accept which would need to be checked upon submission.

For those needing to re-take GCSEs or an equivalent test, the University currently accepts GCSE equivalency tests taken through either Equivalency Testing ( and A Star Equivalency (

Personal qualities

  • A strong and genuine commitment to teaching
  • A commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • An understanding of different types of SEND
  • An understanding of the challenges you might face during your training
  • An ability to reflect on, and learn from your own practice
  • An ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships.
  • Emotional resilience, a sense of humour and energy to deal with competing demands.
  • An ability to communicate clearly, effectively and succinctly.
  • An awareness of current issues in education and the role research plays

Other requirements

Any offers made are subject to successful completion of:

  • a criminal record check DBS
  • occupational health clearance
  • at least a GCSE Grade C or a Grade 4 in English language, maths and a science subject.
  • our minimum entry requirement for a first (bachelor’s) degree is a lower second, a 2:2 or above.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status, either a Postgraduate or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and credits towards a Master’s degree, dependent on the number of credits achieved at Level 7.

This link provides helpful information about how student finance works including the application process:


Financial support from the training provider

Please speak to Student Finance to see if you are eligible for any bursaries.

About the training provider

The Southampton Inclusion Partnership’s (SIP) aim is to empower the learning and lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our School Direct programme equips trainees with the knowledge and skills to become outstanding teachers of all children including those with a range of special education needs in both special and mainstream schools.

We are proud of our 100% success rate with all our trainees achieving QTS with a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education specialising in SEND. All our trainees have obtained employment within the education sector.

One of our biggest assets includes the range of schools and professionals working in partnership with SIP. Host schools enable trainees to experience the complete spectrum of special educational needs ranging from those specialising in complex learning differences, social, emotional and mental health to profound and multiple learning differences. Special schools comprise of 9 local special schools and a pupil referral unit with a combined age range of 2 to 19. Local mainstream schools also act as host schools and contribute an essential facet in making our trainees’ teaching wholly inclusive and well rounded.

About the accredited body

Shortlisted for University of the Year in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017, our accredited training provider is the University of Winchester. Winchester is consistently recognised by Ofsted as a provider of outstanding Initial Teacher Training in England.

Working in partnership, Winchester and SIP provide high quality training ensuring trainees are fully equipped to teach in both primary mainstream and special schools. Experienced teachers, SENCos, specialist leaders of education, headteachers and other professionals including speech and language specialists contribute to our programme ensuring training is current and delivered with passion and expertise.

Interview process

Our interviews include representatives from our partner schools and The University of Winchester. The interview process has been carefully adapted to ensure you get the very best from the experience. We talk to you about our partnership and have lots of opportunities for you to get to know us better.

Our interview process includes:

  • a short classroom observation
  • an interview
  • a brief written and maths task

Please note - The Department for Education has withdrawn the requirement for ITE applicants to complete literacy and numeracy Skills Tests. During the selection process and as part of your training, you will be required to demonstrate competency in Fundamental skills in English and mathematics.

We encourage candidates to attend our recruitment events which include a tour of one of our special schools and a chance to speak to staff from the school as well as past trainees. SIP also arrange volunteer days to give candidates the opportunity to spend time in schools of their choice. This experience is valuable as SEND is wide ranging so all our special schools are very different. Please contact us for more details and check our website (

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our course is fully supportive of all candidates with disabilities and additional needs. Trainees have time to meet with the School Direct Lead (SDL) and share concerns or specific needs. Risk Assessments and / or support plans are written with the trainees and used to help communicate their needs to placement schools or adjust training approaches.

Trainees receive ongoing support from the SDL, Teacher Tutors and Professional Mentors throughout the year where they can discuss reasonable adjustments that may need to be made. A crucial part of the course is ongoing resilience and well-being training. This helps trainees reflect on their approach to life and learning and how to form positive habits especially in relation to workload. In addition, all School Direct trainees can access the wide range of support available via Winchester University Student Services which includes counselling, financial advice and much more.

Contact this training provider

023 8044 5981
Hinkler Road
SO19 6DH

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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