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SUPA SOUTHAMPTON Geography (2YRW)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Southampton
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.supateacher.training/
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Contents

Course summary

Our PGCE Secondary course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach Geography across the 11-16 age range, including some opportunities to know more about 16-19 teaching. The course is designed to develop geography teachers that have a clear and well-founded understanding of their subject and how to teach it. We aim for reflective and dynamic practitioners willing to use a variety of teaching strategies to inspire all students. You will gain a clear understanding of the problems pupils encounter in understanding geography, be prepared to find ways to overcome these difficulties and ensure pupils make progress.
The course leader works in close partnership with local schools to develop your subject and pedagogical knowledge though a variety of engaging approaches including interactive teaching, group discussions, micro-teaching and independent and collaborative exploration of secondary school geography. The PGCE Secondary geography course https://www.southampton.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/itt_courses/pgce_geography.page

School placements

School placements will make up the bulk of your training year as they play a vital role in providing you with the skills and experience needed to be a successful teacher. However, we fully understand that standing in front of a class for the first time can be a very daunting experience for some. For this reason, we will provide you with all the training and support you need so that you feel fully prepared when the time comes. The training year is broken down as follows: Term 1: You will spend the first week in September following an induction programme in your Home School. This gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the systems and functions of your Home School, meet key staff and observe some lessons so when you return you are familiar with procedures and routines. You will then attend two weeks training in the university. Once this initial training is complete the rest of the term is spent back in your Home School while still attending the university training days on Fridays. Terms 2 and 3: You will spend first half term after Christmas in a contrasting Focus School placement which is selected from the whole of the University partnership to give the best possible contrast, however, we will always endeavour to keep your daily commute to a minimum. After February half term you will return to your Home School until the end of your teaching placement in June. whilst you complete a personalised programme of teaching practice and professional training. During this time, you will return to the University for regular training days on Fridays and will also be given the opportunity to visit a primary school and experience a 6th form setting as well. The course ends with a final week in the university preparing for the start of your teaching career.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in Geography or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share this with young people. Skills You will need to demonstrate dedication, tenacity and creativity and be an excellent communicator. You should hold a strong knowledge of your specialist subject and be able to communicate your knowledge in a clear and inspiring way.

Other requirements

Before starting on the PGCE programme you will be required:

  • To complete a form describing your state of health which will be checked against the DfE Fitness to Teach regulations
  • To provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which would bar you from teaching. It would also be a great advantage if you have had some recent experience in a school or working with children either in a school environment or elsewhere.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,000

Financial support from the training provider

Trainee teachers are eligible for financial support through government bursaries and subject scholarships. The amount payable is dependent on your degree classification. For more information visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

About the training provider

SUPA Southampton offers the best of both worlds in terms of teacher training. Not only will an applicant have access to the skills and support of a world class university but also the opportunity to train in schools with a long history of excellent practice in developing new teachers. We endeavour to create an environment in our schools where trainee teachers feel valued and supported and in return we appreciate the enthusiasm and energy that they bring to our school communities. Overall, we aim to produce outstanding teachers with up-to-date pedagogy who are continually striving to improve their practice in one of the most dynamic career paths on offer. During the course the University will provide extensive training on the theoretical aspects of teaching and learning, while the practical aspects will be centred on the schools. Consequently, trainees should be aware that although the course programme will be focussed on Southampton, most Friday’s will be spent at the University throughout the year. Overall, SUPA Southampton provides any trainee teacher with the opportunity to ‘learn their trade’ in a very professional and supportive environment. Once a place has been accepted trainees will be allocated a “home” school which they will be invited to before the course starts. The “home” school is where the main placement will be spent from January to June. Placement 1 is selected from the whole of the University partnership to give the best possible contrast.

Interview process

Once you have applied to SUPA Southampton you will be invited for interview at one of the schools in the Alliance. The interview process will involve three key elements: 1). An interview with a panel containing at least one senior member of staff from the school and a member of staff from the University of Southampton. 2). A basic written task to check literacy levels. This task will not require you to carry out any preparation and is a normal task that a teacher might need to carry out in their working day. 3). A student based activity - a brief task with a small group of students. Further details will be provided to you in advance of your interview so that you have time to prepare. We understand that you are not yet trained as a teacher and so this task is simply to assess your potential and your ability to relate to our students.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The schools in the Alliance welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. SEND is a very important element of our training and trainees who have personal experiences of SEND are of real benefit to our programmes, as they bring a wealth of experience. How are Trainee Teachers with disabilities and other needs supported?

  1. Trainees with dyslexia meet together at the start of the course for an informal session, led by a tutor with significant SEND experience. This group is then enabled to support one another throughout the course, with individual, personalised, input from the tutor as required.
  2. Trainees with Physical Disabilities are always accommodated as appropriate and a wide variety of modifications are available. For example, a student with a hearing impairment may be supported by our enabling services, as well as by their Personal Academic Tutor with services such as remote transcription available - we work with individuals to ensure that their needs are met both when at the University and when teaching in our schools.
  3. We recognise that teaching can be stressful. The University offers a variety of services for Trainees who may be suffering from anxiety or depression, for example trainees can access talking therapies via the University Enabling Services. Trainees are also encouraged to make full use of their Personal Academic Tutor.
  4. The course team are able to personalise many aspects of the programme, to accommodate need on an individual basis, to enable successful completion of the course.

Contact this training provider

Email
nicci.dossett@noadswood.hants.sch.uk
Telephone
023 8084 0025
Website
https://www.supateacher.training/
Address
Noadswood School
North Road, Dibden Purlieu
Southampton
Hampshire
SO45 4ZF

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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