Southam Teaching Alliance
History (S964)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Student finance 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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021
Website
http://www.southamcollege.com/teaching-school

Contents

About the course

The School Direct training route will prepare you to teach History to students aged 11 to 18. The PGCE course at the University of Leicester is divided into two halves, Phase A and Phase B, each with clearly delineated priorities to guide progress towards successful completion. Two-thirds of the time (currently 24 weeks out of 36) is spent in schools, starting with a two week preliminary attachment to a Primary school with time spent in a Secondary school that its pupils transfer to. You should consider this course if you have a passion for the subject and would like to contribute to young people’s development by supporting them to acquire a knowledge base for life long skills in History.

History is one of the oldest subjects in the school curriculum and has undergone something of a transformation in recent decades. We are committed to History being taught as a lively, thought-provoking subject.

The course for History will help you to understand various frameworks for teaching the subject. Alongside regulatory frameworks and curriculum requirements the course helps you to understand the relationship of the school subject to Schools and Society, school history’s clear links with History as an Academic Discipline and to wider issues such as Historical Identity and communities.

Throughout the course you are expected to develop your subject knowledge. This is one of the joys of teaching your subject - you will develop more knowledge yourself. Enhancing your subject knowledge is a priority and you will need to take responsibility for your own learning and adapt to whatever is required in schools.

Interview process

Interviews will be held with the Head of the Teaching School and either the Head Teacher of Southam College (the lead school for the teaching school alliance) or the Head Teacher or Deputy responsible for Teaching and Learning at either Bilton School (Rugby) or Kineton High School (Kineton). The interview process may also involve a representative from the University of Leciester. 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

We partner with 3 different Secondary schools within our alliance. You may be placed at any one of these schools for a School Direct Training place, where they have indicated they have specialised subject support. You will teach across the 11 to 18 age range in your placements.

Phase A We partner with 3 different Secondary schools within our alliance. You may be placed at any one of these schools for a School Direct Training place, where they have indicated they have specialised subject support. You will teach across the 11 to 18 age range in your placements.

Phase A After induction you will spend 8 weeks in your Phase A placement school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Coordinator for Initial Teacher Education and a subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement and liaise closely with your university tutor who will also support you. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 50% timetable.

Phase B During your second placement you will spend about 14 weeks in a different school, also supported by a mentor, ITE Coordinator and university tutor. During this placement you will be expected to fulfil a 66% timetable.

All students will also undertake a week in a primary school following their Phase A placement to support their understanding of the broader context of education and to support writing of one of the PGCE assignments.

Fees

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

The fee for a School Direct Training place is paid directly to the University of Leicester by the applicant.

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

2:1 UK Honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in stated subject. English Language and Mathematics UK GCSE C+ (or equivalent) and a strong A Level in this subject.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants who have a genuine passion for working with young people and supporting their development on both academic and personal levels.

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 School of Education at the University of Leicester is one of the largest in the UK and has a long-standing reputation for teaching, research and professional development. Formed in 1962, their many years of experience have allowed them to develop effective programmes and training provision, designed to meet students’ needs.

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

Email
STA@welearn365.com
Telephone
01926 812560
Website
http://www.southamcollege.com/teaching-school
Address
Southam College
Welsh Road West
Southam
Warwickshire
CV47 0JW

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