- 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 Teaching and Learning 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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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. Applicants with a 2:2 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 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.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile . Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
Your Primary PGCE with Teaching and Learning is a generic Primary course that prepared you to become a leader of curriculum innovation. It 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. Recent research is used to support the development of a contemporary and critical view of primary education in theory and practice.
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 you will study as a Primary with Teaching and Learning 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.
Lecturer in Education
Lecturer in Education
Anita Wood began her teaching career in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets where she worked for ten years with children from Reception to Year 6. During her time working in Tower Hamlets she worked extensively with children and families with English as an Additional Language. She held various positions at this time, humanities co-ordinator; literacy co-ordinator; EAL co-ordinator; and Lead Literacy teacher. She also worked as a key member of the senior management team in two very large primary schools.
Her interest in EAL and bilingualism led her to work overseas with a teacher training charity in Nepal, where she worked with teachers in urban and very rural primary schools, developing phonics programmes and introducing interactive teaching methods.
- 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
|University Taught Course
|School Placement 1: Autumn Experience
|School Placement 1: Spring Experience
|School Placement 2: Summer Experience
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.
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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