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University of Southampton Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
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Course summary

The programme will suit those who aspire to become excellent primary school teachers, of children aged 5 to 11, and who want to gain an understanding of some of the theory underpinning effective teaching and learning in the primary school. At the heart of the programme is the development of reflective and creative practitioners who are committed to promoting the learning and progress of all children.

Planned and delivered in close collaboration with practising teachers in local primary schools, the programme will enable you to learn, in a systematic and critically engaging manner, how to teach primary school children. During the LATiS (Learning About Teaching in School) weeks, you will spend time in university and in a school to specifically learn key skills and develop knowledge about teaching in preparation for the first school placement. Throughout the programme you are introduced to the primary curriculum, learning how to effectively plan, teach and assess National Curriculum and other subjects. You will also learn how to organise and manage a primary school classroom. The programme aims to develop your knowledge through a range of teaching and learning approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures, demonstrations, fieldwork, micro-teaching, independent and group research, and through reading and writing activities. The assignments include a high degree of choice and strongly link theory and practice. As well as preparing you to teach across the primary curriculum, the programme offers opportunities to tailor some provision to your own training needs and interests. There is one specific specialism route through the PGCE (Primary) programme in mathematics which involves all the elements of this general route as well as having an additional focus on mathematics teaching and learning.

Further details are available on the university’s Primary (PGCE) course page (

School placements

The university is based in Southampton and school placements will be within commuting distance. You should not expect a commute time of more than an hour. The partnership of schools covers a wider area including Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. Placements will be sought in these areas should they be more local to you.

As well as LATiS weeks, you will undertake two block placements in schools within the partnership. The programme aims to provide schools that offer contrasting placement experiences in order to develop a breadth and range of skills. Whilst on placement, you will be allocated a mentor who is the teacher of the class in which you are placed. You will also receive visits from your university tutor to support you in your teaching and professional development.

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.

We offer our own Equivalency tests. We are unable to accept third party equivalency tests. Details will be provided for any successful offer of a place.

Personal qualities

Please refer to our website for further information:

Other requirements

You will be required to:

  • complete a form describing your state of health which will be checked against the DfE Fitness to Teach regulations
  • provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which should bar you from teaching. Visit for more information.

These must be completed before commencement of the programme.

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

About the training provider

Our ITE department is a dynamic and thriving community of professional educators and researchers. Southampton Education School has been placed in the top 100 universities in the World (QS Rankings). This adds to our UK ranking of 4th in the UK for Education from the Complete University Guide, 2022.

Why come to Southampton?

  • Our Tutors. Trainee Teachers rate tutor dedication and commitment extremely highly, External Examiners praise the time and effort that Tutors devote to Trainees and Ofsted recognises the ‘high quality mentoring and support’ offered.
  • Our quality of teaching and our diverse partnerships and placements. Our Tutors are all Teachers. We thrive through continuous professional development – and enjoy implementing new research or theories in collaboration with Trainee Teachers and our Partnership schools. This partnership is key to our success, and the Mentors that we work are experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic.
  • Our commitment to Health and Wellbeing. The health and wellbeing of our Trainee Teachers, and the students that they teach, is central to producing outstanding teachers and happy students who can make progress and succeed.
  • Our scope to personalise and individualise your learning on your Programme. Every Trainee Teacher is unique, and we want every trainee to be the best teacher that they can be. We achieve this by personalising our programmes to suit you.
  • Our commitment to ‘Student Voice’. We actively encourage trainees to work with us to make our courses even better.
  • Employability. Almost 100% of our Trainees get jobs.

Interview process

If you are invited to interview you will be asked to prepare a short presentation to a small group of candidates and engage in discussion. You will also be interviewed by members of the course team and school partners. In addition, we ask you to undertake a short written reflective task to satisfy ourselves of your capability in written English. Your performance in all aspects of the process will be assessed and a decision made.

We would encourage all prospective trainees to spend time in a primary school, where possible, so you are informed about the school environment and to confirm your own wish to teach. Your views about teaching will be explored at interview and you need to be able to reflect on aspects of what teachers and schools do and be able to talk convincingly about teaching in primary schools.

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

At Southampton we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. SEND is a very important element of our training throughout the PGCE, 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?

  • Neurodiverse Trainees (including Trainees with dyslexia, ADHD and ASD) meet together for an informal session, led by a tutor with significant SEND experience. This group supports one another throughout the course, with individual, personalised, input from the tutor as required.
  • 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 in University and when teaching in schools.
  • 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.
  • 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

023 8059 4732
Southampton Education School
SO17 1BJ

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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