A highly relevant and innovative programme of initial teacher education. The Exeter model of ITE is unique, highly coherent and well-developed.
Assessment on the programme [provides trainees with] appropriate yet challenging opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the module outcomes both theoretical and practical.
Primary with Teaching and Learning
Trainees following the Primary Teaching and Learning pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional generalistmodule based on the Cambridge Primary Review Trust.
This is aimed at those who do not wish to choose a subject pathway, but are instead interested in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in research-inspired primary teaching and learning across the whole 5-11 curriculum.
The course prepares you to become a leader of curriculum innovation. Recent research is used to support the development of a contemporary and critical view of primary education in theory and practice. Practical workshops and seminars make up the taught component, with contributions from school partners.
The module takes its themes from the Cambridge Primary Review Trust which examines multiple facets of primary teaching and learning from both national and international perspectives, offering a contemporary and critical view of primary education in theory and practice.
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.
By learning on campus for most of the first term you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements. 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.
Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.
During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Lead Mentor who works as an expert partner, and a Reflective Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.
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 a Early Career Teacher (ECT).
The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.
The programmes have 4 main components:
- Primary Educational and Professional Studies (EPSM000)
- Primary Curriculum Studies (EDUM033)
- Primary Professional Learning (EDUM034)
- Primary Teaching and Learning module
This generalist module is aimed at those who do not wish to choose a subject specialism, but are instead interested in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in research-inspired primary teaching and learning across the whole 5-11 curriculum.
What are we looking for in an applicant?
The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 or above in their first degree.
While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through the DfE Apply system for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. Diverse teachers enrich schools and pupils' experiences and we value diversity in schools and encourage potential teachers from a range of backgrounds to consider applying.
We are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents.
Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C (or equivalent) are required. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.
We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
All applications for entry to our PGCE programmes must be made through the DfE's Apply service at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training.
An academic reference is required from any institution of Higher Education that you have attended within the last five years. Please note: if an academic reference is not submitted then this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.
For further details on the application process, please see our Interview Pages.
We recommend you:
- apply as early as possible
- choose your referees early and explain to them that a promptly returned DfE Apply Teacher Training reference could make all the difference
We do not consider requests for deferred entry either at application stage or after an offer has been made. Any applicant who can no longer take up a place offered to them will need to reapply in the following year and will need to go through the full interview process again.
Applicants who will be overseas during the recruitment cycle
If you will be outside the UK during the recruitment cycle for your proposed year of entry, you should make contact with the Admissions Office to discuss this.
- All our tutors have real-world experience as teachers, senior managers or OFSTED inspectors. They also lead and innovate, developing the latest ideas in teacher education, leading research, writing textbooks, leading subject networks and advising government.
- Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education, and will support you during your course and beyond.
- Academic staff for the Teaching and Learning Module will be drawn from our excellent PGCE team.
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.