Generous scholarships and bursaries are available
CPD opportunities

Our commitment to you doesn't end when you graduate. We offer you the opportunity to continue with us via our Masters and CPD programmes giving you access to the networks, peer support, facilities and good practice you need to develop professionally

Teaching as a career

No one will tell you that teaching is easy or that as a career it is a 'soft option'. What they will tell you is that each day will bring new challenges and that teaching can be an extremely satisfying career full of opportunities for personal and professional development. Few other professions enable you to make such a positive and lasting impact on people's lives and help shape the minds of the future.

Are you:

  • articulate and imaginative?
  • an effective group worker?
  • a good listener?

Do you:

  • manage your work effectively?
  • work well with others?

Can you:

  • think on your feet?
  • provide leadership?
  • deal with stressful situations?

Have you:

  • recently visited or worked in a school?
  • recently worked with children?
  • had previous experience of teaching, instructing or demonstrating?

If so, and with our guidance and training, you could make a great teacher.

The University of Exeter offers several routes into teaching.

Each of our routes leads to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and to a Masters-level Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)  (not to be confused with the  Professional Graduate Certificate in Education- also often referred to as PGCE: the Professional Certificate does not carry Master level credits and is one level lower on the National Qualifications Framework than is our Postgraduate Certificate).

Which route is right for you?

The table below sets out the key differences between the routes we offer.

To identify the most suitable route for you, we suggest that you decide your priorities in relation to the following questions:

  1. How important is it that I choose my subject and phase (primary / secondary)?
  2. Would I prefer to be a trainee teacher with a professional teacher always available to provide support of necessary, OR an employee - largely responsible for the classes I teach?
  3. How will I best learn to be an outstanding teacher- by starting in the ‘shallow end’ or the ‘deep end’?
  4. How much do I want to learn among a group of peers studying the same subject, and how much through individual, distance learning?
  5. Would I prefer extended placements in two contrasting schools, or to spend most of my placement time in a single school?
  6. Am I open to training and teaching in most types of school, or am I committed to a particular sector?
  7. How much does it matter to me whether I have a loan and tax free bursary/scholarship, or a taxed salary?
  8. Would I prefer to have my NQT year school chosen for me, or would I prefer to choose which schools I apply to be employed in?

The following table should help you to compare routes.

 

University of Exeter PGCE

School Direct @Exeter PGCE

School Direct fee-paying, with University of Exeter

School Direct salaried, with University of Exeter

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Through UCAS to the University

Through UCAS to the lead school. NB Schools decide which School Direct route(s) they will offer: if you want a particular School Direct route you must select a school that offers it.

Through UCAS to the lead school. NB Schools decide which School Direct route(s) they will offer: if you want a particular School Direct route you must select a school that offers it.

Through UCAS to the lead school. NB Schools decide which School Direct route(s) they will offer: if you want a particular School Direct route you must select a school that offers it.

Master’s level

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits, distance learning

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits, distance learning

Subjects

You choose from the range of secondary and primary courses that we offer.

Check the School Direct pages to see which of our partner schools are offering School Direct courses in the phase (primary / secondary) and subject(s) that interest you.

Status and responsibility

Registered student; trainee teacher- so a professional teacher is always timetabled alongside you

Registered  student; trainee teacher- so a professional teacher is always timetabled alongside you

Registered  student; trainee teacher- so a professional teacher is always timetabled alongside you

Registered  student , employed as an unqualified teacher: largely responsible for your own classes

Shallow end or deep end?

Close support provided in your early classroom work; you progress in stages towards autonomous teaching

Close support provided in your early classroom work; you progress in stages towards autonomous teaching

Close support provided in your early classroom work; you progress in stages towards autonomous teaching

Some classroom support may be provided- you need to ask about this on a school by school basis. 

University based term, working with a peer group?

Yes, largely spent working learning with fellow trainees specialising in your chosen phase and subject

Yes, largely spent working learning with fellow trainees specialising in your chosen phase and subject

No. University tutors will visit you, and you will spend some time with other trainees- who may or may not share your chosen subject.

No. University tutors will visit you, and you will spend some time with other trainees- who may or may not share your chosen subject.

Duration

 1 year

 1 year

 1 year

 1 year

The government recognises that teaching is a demanding profession. In addition to the numerous financial incentives available for new trainees, teachers now also earn competitive salaries.

Most newly-qualified teachers are paid a starting salary of £22,244 per annum with annual pay scale rises. If you are a career changer or a mature entrant you may, depending on your previous experience, start at a higher level. A head teacher can earn in excess of £100,000.

Although the pay is good, most teachers would cite job satisfaction as the most rewarding aspect of a career in teaching. Please see the National College for Teaching and Leadership website www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for the latest salary figures. Those working in London will receive a higher pay scale.

The University of Exeter has a strong reputation for excellence and our PGCE trainees are highly sought after – a distinct advantage in finding employment.

Our latest statistics show that in 2014/15 96 per cent of our trainees were awarded QTS, making them qualified to teach. Of those, 92 per cent gained teaching posts during the year following completion; many in south west schools. Depending on the subject or age range you are interested in teaching, your job prospects may be even better. Our partnership with over 250 schools and a very active and supportive Careers and Employment Service will help to ensure you are given the best possible opportunity to secure your first teaching post.

Creating links with employers

We have links with local and national schools and teacher recruitment agencies across the country.  Employers visit campus to provide information about the job options they can offer.

Details of vacancies are also made available online.

Trainees past and present

As one of the UK’s most respected PGCE providers, we aim to inspire all of our trainees to help shape the minds of the future. Here are just some of their stories…