Secondary programme

Why choose Exeter for your Secondary PGCE

Following our most recent Ofsted inspection (2017), the Exeter Secondary PGCE programme was deemed to be outstanding and was rated as grade 1 in all aspects of its provision.

The Exeter Secondary PGCE is an 11-16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course with post-16 enhancement. In effect, this means that whilst you must meet the standards for QTS within the 11-16 age range, you will also have additional experience of post-16.

All coursework is designed to provide engaging and varied opportunities for you to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve QTS.

Our PGCE programme offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the opportunities and demands of leadership roles within schools and consider planning your career path. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your own leadership in the classroom and how these skills can support pupil learning. In addition to lecture and optional seminar input, you may elect to undertake a school-based leadership task in your final placement.

TERM 1

Term 1 begins with two weeks of observation (preliminary school experience). This leads into the university-based course which focuses on professional development, specialist subject knowledge, pedagogy and teaching skills. You will spend two weeks in November in your first placement school to begin your classroom practice.

TERM 2

Term 2 is spent in your first placement school with three seminar days held at the University. Central to this is the development of your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards, as required by the Department of Education. These consist of standards of professional competence which student teachers must demonstrate in order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

TERM 3

Term 3 is spent in your second school placement with two seminar days held at the University. Throughout all school-based learning, you work closely with experienced teachers. 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 Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The programme has three fully integrated components:

1. Education and Professional Studies

The Education and Professional Studies component introduces you to key educational ideas and principles and provides you with opportunities to consider these in relation to your subject specialism and the wider school context.

2. School-based work

Central to school-based work is the development of your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards, as required by the Department for Education. These consist of standards of professional competence which student teachers must demonstrate in order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

3. Specialist Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

The specialist subject module will develop your understanding of the content, structure, progression, learning and teaching of your subject in secondary schools. This enables you to interpret your own subject expertise in the school context in two different placements.

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. This will be embedded into the training year and will not involve any specific testing at interview. Trainees will be given tools to help identify areas for development and improve their skills where needed.  The PGCE course will include activities to enable trainees to demonstrate they have the requisite skills by the end of the course.