Training to be a teacher
Routes into Teaching
If you have an undergraduate degree and are interested in becoming a teacher (either at secondary or post-16 level), you can apply to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Southampton (or at any university offering an initial teacher training programme) to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will undertake teaching placements in City schools/colleges and be mentored by professionals within those institutions, providing an excellent opportunity to learn all about what Southampton schools and colleges have to offer. To learn more about initial teacher training at the University of Southampton, click on the button below.
Alternatively, the Bitterne Park Teacher Training Alliance provides the School Direct route into teaching. This programme allows trainees to follow a school-led programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), validated by the University of Southampton, Winchester or Chichester (dependent on your subject). The programme also contributes towards Master’s level accreditation. For more information, click on the link below.
Similarly, many further education and sixth form colleges can support your training, if your degree and/or skill set reflect their needs in specific curriculum areas. Contact local colleges of interest to explore potential opportunities.