Southam Teaching Alliance
Primary (E225)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Warwick
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The Primary programme is offered in a partnership between Southam Teaching School, Bishops Itchington Primary School, (Bishops Itchington), Temple Herdewyke Primary School, (Temple Herdewyke), Byfield Primary School (Byfield) Rokeby Primary School (Rugby), St Lawrence C of E Primary School (Napton) , Stockton Primary School (Stockton) and the University of Warwick. It is a high-quality programme of professional education, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) and Master’s level credits. The course aims to develop you into a highly reflective practitioner, able to adapt and respond to changes in settings and national educational contexts, and able to take responsibility for your ongoing professional development in preparation for future leadership.

On the School Direct programme, the taught programme is approximately 35 days at the University of Warwick, and you’ll spend the remainder of your time in school. Time in school is organised into two placements over the three school terms.

In school, you will directly observe pupils as they learn and teachers as they teach, as well as trying out ideas in practice in classrooms for yourself. The course is designed to ensure that your experience in schools complements and builds on what is addressed at the University. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have the opportunity for independent study. You will be assessed through written master’s level assignments spread across the year, which are aimed to assess your professional and subject specific learning. You’ll also be assessed on whether you meet the Teachers’ Standards at a level appropriate for a newly qualified teacher.

Interview process

Interviews for Primary School Direct will be held in one of our base primary schools, You will be interviewed by the head teacher of the primary school and the Head of Southam Teaching School. You will receive a tour of the school and have the opportunity to ask questions about the school. You will be asked to prepare a 20 minute micro teach (you will be sent full details beforehand to help you prepare) and this is followed by a formal interview. During your day, you will also be asked to complete a numeracy and literacy focused task to assess the functional competencies required for a school setting.

How school placements work

During your training year, you will spend the majority of time in one school with a second later in the year. This is to give you a contrasting experience of schools and an opportunity to work with different learners and different practitioners from different schools.

We partner with 6 primary schools to deliver Primary School Direct placements all within a 20 mile radius of Southam Teaching School.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,055

Financial support

You may also 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.



2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). At least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

Personal qualities

We are looking for individuals who are motivated, enthusiastic and have a passion for working with young people. Teaching is full of challenges and rewards and the best teachers can nurture students to their full potential.

About the training provider

Southam College is the lead school for the recently established ‘Southam Teaching Alliance’, based in Coventry and Warwickshire. We work closely as an alliance of secondary and primary schools with the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester as our HE partners. Southam College is an 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1643 students on roll, 298 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed.

Our last Ofsted report (March 2014) graded the school as outstanding, building upon the outstanding report of 2011. We have used this accolade to spur us on to reaching even higher standards in everything that we do. This is inclusive of raising student achievement, providing a wider range of memorable experience and developing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, we have continued to improve our facilities with the building of a new Science block and state of the art Music block.

Southam College was in the top 10% of schools nationally for Grade 9-4 GCSE results in 2018. 100% of our Sixth Form students gained A*-E in 2018.

There is a strong, supportive mentoring network at Southam College to support initial teacher training. We invest in our trainees from day 1 and seek to provide them with a sustained career in teaching.

About the accredited body

The University of Warwick is an ‘Outstanding’ provider of teacher training (Ofsted) with over 50 years of experience. They are part of the Russell Group, whose members represent outstanding teaching and learning. The Centre for Teacher Education works with over 300 schools in eight different Local Education Authorities to deliver high quality training.

Training with disabilities and other needs

To support candidates with disabilities and other needs we assess how we can help on an individual basis. Southam College is an equal opportunities employer and we will seek to support trainees with additional needs wherever possible.

Contact details

01926 812560
Southam College
Welsh Road West
CV47 0JW


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