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Teacher Training

Why choose Exeter for your Primary PGCE

Our outstanding PGCE programme offers you the opportunity to train to be a generalist primary teacher with an added specialist pathway. Our 36-week programme, which includes significant time in a school setting, is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful primary teacher.

Rated “outstanding” in our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2017, our primary PGCE programme offers you the unique opportunity to choose a subject specialist pathway, preparing you to become curriculum coordinators. For applicants whose academic background does not match with one of our subject pathways, we have the Teaching and Learning pathway which prepares trainees to become leaders of curriculum innovation more generally.

Modules are designed to give you experience of all the curriculum subjects you will be expected to teach for your specified age range, as well as providing you with the opportunity to explore wider issues in education. All our tutors on the primary PGCE are experts in the field, passionate teachers and passionate about teaching.

I would recommend the Exeter PGCE because you work with well-informed lecturers, especially when you choose a specialism. They know what they’re talking about and when they have a passion for the subject they pass it onto you easily.


PGCE Primary English graduate