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Tasks to be completed before you start the Primary PGCE course

NOTE: the Offer-holders site will be updated for 2021-22 entry later on in the year.  If you are holding an offer for 2021-22 entry, our PGCE Admissions team will email you when the site has been updated (this isn't likely to be until the end of April 2021)


There are a number of tasks described below that you are asked to complete prior to starting the course that form part of the taught course during the first few weeks of term.  Please complete everything that is asked of you in readiness for the first week of the taught course. Download the following checklist to help you with this:

Primary PGCE Checklist           

The following has been emailed to trainees in readiness for the start of the taught course on 21 September:

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - Art pathway

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - English pathway

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - Humanities pathway

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - Maths pathway

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - MFL pathway

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - Science pathway

PGCE Primary Information for Monday 21 September - Teaching & Learning pathway

Anticipating Practice Tasks

An Anticipating Practice Tasks document will be uploaded to this section on 01 September.  Please complete these tasks during the Anticipating Practice two weeks in September (07-18 September).  We ask you to do these tasks during this fortnight so that when you start the taught course on 21 September these tasks are fresh in your mind. Note: these tasks do not require you to be in a school setting.  Our normal structure where new trainees arrange 2 weeks of preliminary experience in school settings is not taking place this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated difficulties of arranging such placements so early in the new school year.

These tasks should be well presented as they will contribute to the evidence required for the award of your PGCE and will form the basis of group and individual discussions with your tutor during the first weeks of the taught course.  Once you have completed the tasks you should email them to your tutor along with a completed Formative Reflection on Achievement & Progress - Anticipating Practice form by the deadline indicated on the form.  The tasks won't be marked or assessed but are a demonstration to your tutor of your early engagement with the course and will help them make a formative judgement about your engagement and progress so far.

Primary PGCE Anticipating Practice Tasks


Fundamental Skills Audits

All trainees need to demonstrate a certain level of English and mathematics by the end of the course before QTS can be awarded.  This is a DfE requirement.  To start this process, please download the following two audit documents and spend as much time as you can developing and improving your English and mathematics skills before the course starts.  

Fundamental Skills English Audit
Fundamental Skills Maths Audit

Your tutor will discuss the outcomes of your audits with you in the first weeks of the taught course and there will be plenty of opportunities during the course for you to work on any areas you identify as needing improvement.


Trainee Information Form

Please download and complete the Trainee Information Form and return it to the Partnership Office via before the start of the course.  This form will be shared with your placement schools in the autumn term to help them plan for your placement. (Note: School Direct trainees do not need to do this).

Please download Introduction to the Curriculum Subjects and Initial Needs Analyses

This is an introduction to all the curriculum subjects along with an initial needs analysis for each area for you to complete in order for you to identify what you do not know or have forgotten so that you can revise/brush up on and complete some self-study exercises.  It also includes some suggested reading.  Please make sure you complete all the audits before the start of the taught course.

Pathway Leaders also have their own additional tasks, reading lists and general information to impart relating to the individual pathways.  Please click on the relevant link below to access the pathway-specific pre-course information relating to your pathway.

Primary Art Pathway
Primary English Pathway
Primary Humanities Pathway
Primary Mathematics Pathway
Primary Modern Languages Pathway
Primary Science Pathway
Primary Teaching & Learning Pathway

(please note: if you are a Primary School Direct @exeter trainee, you will be timetabled to attend the Primary Teaching & Learning sessions and so should download the Teaching & Learning pathway information)