Southam Teaching Alliance History (S964)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
http://www.southamcollege.com/teaching-school
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Contents

Course summary

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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in history 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 applicants who have a genuine passion for working with young people and supporting their development on both academic and personal levels.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

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

About the training provider

Southam College is the lead school for the established ‘Southam Teaching Alliance’, based in 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 1684 students on roll, 320 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 (September 2021) graded the school as outstanding, building upon the outstanding report of 2014 and 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 brand new school with state of the art facilities.

Southam College was in the top 10% of schools nationally for Grade 9-4 GCSE results in 2022. 100% of our Sixth Form students gained A*-E in 2022.

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.

Interview process

Interviews will be held with the Head of the Teaching Alliance or a member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for Teaching and Learning (Designated Safeguarding lead) and the Head of Department at each of our partner schools.

The interview process will involve planning and delivering a 20 minute lesson, a formal interview, and time within departments to meet the team and Head of Department to ask any specific questions relating to curriculum/specifications. You will also be given a tour of the school where the interview is held.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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