- Gain the knowledge, skills and experience to teach all subjects effectively and creatively within the primary 3-7 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 early years curriculum design, teaching and assessment in greater depth and engaging in leadership enrichment opportunities
- Work as a classroom teacher within two schools in the Exeter Partnership area 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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Primary 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.
We will consider applications from students with a 2:2 Honours degree or above. 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 equivalencytesting.com (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.
Your Primary PGCE (3-7) course 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 3 to 7.
20 days of the course are dedicated to Intensive Training & Practice, focusing on four themes of teaching and learning which enable you to delve deeply into particular key areas. You will learn about principles underpinning each theme, work with expert practitioners in university and school settings, and use the Exeter Model Framework to reflect on and synthesise your learning.
During your placements, you will have the opportunity to put the skills learned into practice whilst being fully supported by a Mentor who will work as an expert partner and challenge your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance your performance.
You will also focus on leadership development in the early years curriculum area where you will consider the methods, skills and processes distinct to teaching in the 3-7 age range.
The course you will study as a Primary (3-7) student includes these modules:
- Primary (3-7) Education Theory, Research and Practice
- Primary (3-7) Professional Learning in Schools
- Primary (3-7) Curriculum Theory, Research and Practice
- Primary (3-7) Leadership Development
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.
Primary PGCE Programme Director
Dr Emese Hall
Senior Lecturer in Art Education
Dr Taro Fujita
Associate Professor in Mathematics Education
Senior Lecturer in Education
Lecturer in Education
Lecturer in Education
- UK: £9,250 full-time
- International: £23,700 full-time - to be confirmed
A variety of attractive financial support packages are available. Find out more.
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available 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.
Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships
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).
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.
More details on the course structure can be found here
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.
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.
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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