Required Documentation

(Note for 2020/21 offer holders - the offer holder pages will be updated with information relating to 2020 entry in the coming months.  Please use the information provided for 2019 entry as a guide only.  Offer-holders will be notified when these pages have been updated.)

PGCE applicants are required to provide evidence that they have met the conditions of their offer:

In addition to the suitability to train to teach requirements, the Department for Education (DfE) require that we verify original documentation for the following:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics or equivalent
  • GCSE Science or equivalent for applicants studying on a Primary PGCE programme
  • Level 3 qualifications i.e. A levels or equivalent
  • Degree certificates

We are unable to accept any of the above downloaded from a website, sent as an attachment or included within the body of an e-mail.

Any original documentation which has not been presented to the Admission team when you attended your interview will need to be sent to the Admissions Office. As you are required to send original documents we would advise that these are sent via recorded or registered post. Admissions will return all original documents by recorded mail.

Please send your documents to the following address:

PGCE Admissions
Level 2, Innovation Centre
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Exeter EX4 4RN

Unable to locate your certificates?

Degree certificate/official transcripts - contact the University at which you studied to obtain a copy or an official letter confirming your final conferred degree classification and date of award.

GCSE or A Level certificates - contact the relevant exam board to obtain a verifying or certifying statement of results. Alternatively, contact your previous school/College and ask them to provide a letter on headed paper which includes the following:

  • Name and date of birth           
  • Subjects taken
  • Grades achieved                         
  • Exam board/Awarding body                   
  • Date of Award
Note: the DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. Instead PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills. Further details on this process are yet to be announced by the DfE.

If your offer is conditional on passing your Professional Skills Tests you will have received a specific deadline within your offer for providing evidence of your completion of these tests. We would ask that the following information is provided to us via email at by the deadline issued to you within your offer, this will be visible within your offer letter and can also be found on UCAS Teacher Training Track:

  • Candidate Reference number
  • Date you passed each test

If you are unable to meet the deadline given, please contact the Admissions team at to discuss a possible extension (note: if you haven't passed both skills tests by the official start date of the course, you will not be able to start the course - this is a DfE requirement and we cannot be flexible about this).

If you are worried about passing these tests, TES Institute run free Professional Skills Tests clinics for PGCE applicants.  For further details, please go to

The bursary eligibility pro forma is sent to offer holders via email (the full form is contained within the body of the email). You will need to print a copy of the pro forma, provide a response to all questions, sign and date. Please return to us in the post, by the deadline given within the email.  

The bursary eligibility pro forma include some questions which are not directly linked to bursaries, therefore all offer holders are required to complete the bursary eligibility pro forma regardless of whether they are eligible for a bursary.

Some applicants will have completion of a DfE Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as a condition of their offer.  If you do, please make sure you send your completion certificate to as soon as you receive it.