Meet our trainees
Trainees past and present
As one of the UK’s most respected PGCE providers, we aim to inspire all of our trainees to help shape the minds of the future. Here are just some of their stories…
Hayley, PGCE Secondary with Religious Education
I chose to study this course at Exeter because I knew it was a credible university that offered offered a high quality education. My course equipped me with the relevant knowledge and theory before getting stuck into the practical experience of teaching.
Penny, PGCE Primary with Science
As a mature student and having made my life in Exeter, it made sense to apply locally. Exeter University’s reputation within Education spoke for itself and I felt it would enable me to secure a job locally also.
Chilufya, PGCE Primary with English graduate
I would recommend the Exeter PGCE because you work with well-informed lecturers, especially when you choose a specialism. They know what they’re talking about and when they have a passion for the subject they pass it onto you easily.
Chris, PGCE Secondary with Science (Chemistry)
I wanted a route into teaching that provided links between current research and practice as well as providing me with a network of support across Devon, both during the course and after it. I secured a job at my first placement school, so I hope to continue the trajectory that Exeter have put me on, after my NQT year entering myself to complete a Masters of Education.
Bob, PGCE Secondary with Science (Biology with Psychology)
Exeter is renowned for its high-quality teacher training courses. The PGCE had excellent course material and support from tutors – both subject-specific and pedagogical.
Elliot, PGCE Secondary with Physical Education
I enjoy both practical and theory elements of the course and how the lecturers are able to relate both by accompanying theory with practical lectures. The lecturers are also very passionate and held in high regard in their respected field so they captivate every student's attention.
Hannah, PGCE Primary with Modern Foreign Languages
St Luke’s is a lovely, historic place to spend the first few months of the course before beginning teaching placements. I am convinced that the training I had in my specialism area during those first few months is how I succeeded in obtaining my first teaching job.
Natalie, PGCE Primary with English
I think that having the option to choose a subject specialism with the PGCE is a real benefit of the course. Many schools value trainee teachers who specialise in a subject which they are truly passionate about.