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PGCE Primary with English - 2024 entry

Please note: The below is for 2024 entries. Click here for 2023 entries.
UCAS code XQ1H
Duration 1 year
Entry year 2023
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Primary with English

Course leader: Dr Anthony Wilson
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Typical offer

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Normally a 2:1 Honours degree – other qualifications and experience may be accepted.

Contextual offers


  • Gain the knowledge, skills and experience to teach all subjects effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum
  • Develop your confidence, competence and independence as a teacher with the unique Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education which progressively increases your school-based teaching over three terms
  • In addition, develop your curriculum lead potential by exploring your knowledge of curriculum design, teaching and assessment in English in greater depth and engaging in leadership enrichment opportunities
  • Work as a classroom teacher within two schools across the region or in London, where you will be supported by expert mentors and University tutors
  • Join a supportive community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education and research and will support you during your course and beyond

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Diverse placement opportunities across the region

Entry requirements

PGCE students must have an honours degree and GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or equivalent. A satisfactory medical assessment and DBS enhanced check are also requirements for entry to this programme. Selection is based on the information provided on the DfE Apply application and on performance at interview.

Typically, successful applicants have a 2:1 degree in English or a 2:1 degree in a related subject with A-level English (or equivalent). Applicants with a 2:2 degree and relevant experience will also be considered.


Typically, successful applicants have a grade B/5 at GCSE in English and Mathematics and a grade C/4 in Science.

For applicants without the required GCSE pass at grade C/grade 4 we accept a Grade 4 pass in the English, Mathematics and Science equivalency tests offered by A Star Equivalency and (please do contact the PGCE Admissions team for further guidance before signing up for an equivalency test). See here for full list of accepted English/Maths/Science equivalent qualifications.

We want all potentially excellent teachers to have the opportunity to train. If your qualification profile does not fit the norm, please do contact us.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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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

Course content

Your Primary PGCE with English will teach you the fundamentals underpinning primary teaching and learning along with practical ideas for classroom teaching in all subjects. Rooted in research evidence, you will develop your own subject knowledge whilst exploring how different areas of the curriculum link and how children learn as they develop from age 5 to 11.  

During placement, you will have the opportunity to put the skills learned into practice whilst being fully supported by your Lead Mentor who will work as an expert partner and your Reflective Mentor who challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance your performance.

The course will prepare you to use creative approaches to interest and motivate children as you teach across the curriculum. This will include ways of using poetry, drama, stories and children’s literature.  

The course you will study as a Primary with English student includes these modules:

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this course based on recent teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.



2023/24 entry

  • UK: £9,250 full-time
  • International: £21,500 full-time

A variety of attractive financial support packages are available. Find out more.


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

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Teaching and research

We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training. 

The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups. You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). 

Anticipating practice phase school experience 2 weeks
University Taught Course 10 weeks
School Placement 1: Autumn Experience 2 weeks
School Placement 1: Spring Experience 11 weeks
School Placement 2: Summer Experience 11 weeks

Learning is primarily face to face during campus-based teaching, and wholly face to face during school experience placements. The campus-based elements of the course are taught mainly through seminars and workshops with a significant element of directed collaborative group work and self-study. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work and field trips. All modules are assessed through course work and there are no final examinations. 

Facilities and support

You’ll have access to a range of support, including a personal tutor, materials available through our online learning environment including lecture notes, presentations, film clips and reading materials, and access to the University’s wellbeing and support services.

Campus-based modules are taught at the School of Education at the St Luke’s Campus in Exeter, which offers an excellent range of specialist facilities and the UK’s largest Education library. 

Research-led teaching

You will join a vibrant postgraduate community at the School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines.

You will benefit from our active research culture, which promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge to encourage innovation. Our research centres provide a focus for research and discussion for academic staff, researchers and practitioners and organise seminar series, outside speakers, conferences and other events.

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The PGCE provides excellent grounding for a long career within education, whether you aspire to become an outstanding classroom practitioner, school leader, or specialist in a specific area of education, the opportunities are broad.  

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