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Inspireshapeminds your future Graduate School of Education POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (PGCE) 2017–18 ENTRY


The trainees’ excellent achievement is a direct result of very high-quality and coherent training across the partnership. Partnership schools understand the provider’s high expectations and they make an outstanding contribution to trainees’ development as teachers. OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2010




Excellence and leadership in teacher education


Primary PGCE with Teaching and Learning Pathway

Teaching as a career


Primary PGCE with Art Specialism

Job prospects


Primary PGCE with English Specialism

Trainees past and present


Primary PGCE with Humanities Specialism

Exeter’s PGCE


Primary PGCE with Maths Specialism

Primary programme


Primary PGCE with Modern Languages Specialism

Secondary programme


School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme


PGCE entry requirements and application details



PGCE fees and finance



The Ted Wragg Awards for Outstanding Trainees


MA Education


Primary PGCE with Science Specialism


Modern Languages Physical Education Religious Education Science

Accommodation 48 Living in Exeter and the South West


Facilities 50 How to get here


Key contacts


Teacher Training Open Days




Excellence and Leadership in research-inspired teacher education

The Graduate School of Education is part of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Based on the St Luke’s Campus, the School is within walking distance from Exeter city centre and the University’s Streatham Campus. St Luke’s has long been the home of teacher education programmes; the School dates back to 1840 and although much has changed over the past 176 years, one thing has remained consistent – a commitment to high-quality, research-inspired teacher education.


n Our ITE provision is phased to enable you to

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School is consistently recognised as one of the UK’s premier Education institutions.

n We are 6th in the UK for world leading,

internationally excellent and cutting edge research in Education and play a significant role in influencing national Education policy.1 n We

are rated in the most recent The Good Teacher Training Guide as fourth in the list of higher education providers of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the country.

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per cent of our former trainees rate the quality of our training as good or very good (NQT survey 2014 –15).

n We are a leader in the provision of phonics

training and are also the South West Centre for the Cambridge Primary Review Network. n We

provide a fantastic choice of PGCE programmes, making Exeter one of the largest PGCE providers in the UK.

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Primary programme is distinctive in offering subject specialisms which prepare primary teachers to be subject leaders in their schools.


successfully meet the Teachers’ Standards. step-by-step approach guides you from working with small groups of children in the beginning to full class responsibility.

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provide high-quality, individualised support for all trainees, whether career changers or straight from undergraduate programmes, as evident in our very high completion rates.

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have excellent graduate employment statistics – our latest statistics (from the 2014 –15 academic year) show that 92 per cent of PGCE trainees who achieved QTS secured a teaching post within a year of completion.

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innovative programme design using The Exeter Model and associated tools, (acknowledged as outstanding in our latest Ofsted report), will support and guide you through your PGCE year and beyond.

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excellent Partnership relationships with over 250 schools, led by one of the best Partnership teams in the country, will enable you to receive high quality, professional learning.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.

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members of our vibrant research community, you will have access to high quality research lectures and one of the largest Education libraries in the UK.

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60 per cent of our trainees are rated as outstanding each year. Trainees can also be nominated by their tutors in each subject for the prestigious Ted Wragg awards for those who have been identified as outstanding in their field.

n We offer continued support for you in your

NQT year and beyond with our highly flexible MA in Education, designed for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs and study requirements. You can either construct an individual programme or follow a specialist route, with a choice of study options including campus full-time, distancelearning and/or weekend sessions. n You

will be able to progress smoothly on to the second and third year of the MA in Education programme having completed 60 Masters credits in your PGCE year (see page 46).



Teaching as a career

As a result of their experiences on the PGCE course, trainee teachers are operating as professionals within their school communities. They are very much at ease in the role of teacher and all trainees seem very keen to commence their careers as teachers. PRIMARY HUMANITIES EXAMINER REPORT 2013/14

No one will tell you that teaching is easy or that as a career it is a ‘soft option’. What they will tell you is that each day will bring new challenges and that teaching can be an extremely satisfying career full of opportunities for personal and professional development. Few other professions enable you to make such a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives and help shape the minds of the future. The University of Exeter offers several routes into teaching: n University

of Exeter PGCE (see page 16) Direct @Exeter PGCE (see page 41) n School Direct fee-paying, with University of Exeter (see page 41) n School Direct salaried, with University of Exeter (see page 41) n School

Each of these routes leads to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and to a Masters level Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (not to be confused with the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education – also often referred to as PGCE: the Professional Certificate does not carry Master level credits and is one level lower on the National Qualifications Framework than our Postgraduate Certificate).

WHICH ROUTE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? To identify the most suitable route for you, we suggest that you decide your priorities in relation to the following questions and then refer to our ‘Routes into Teaching’ table on our website routesintoteaching for more information. n How

will I best learn to be an outstanding teacher – by starting in the ‘shallow end’ or the ‘deep end’?

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much do I want to learn among a group of peers studying the same subject, and how much through individual, distance learning?

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I prefer extended placements in two contrasting schools, or to spend most of my placement time in a single school?

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I open to training and teaching in most types of school, or am I committed to a particular sector?

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much does it matter to me whether I have a loan and tax free bursary/scholarship, or a taxed salary?

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important is it that I choose my subject and phase (primary / secondary)?

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I prefer to have my school chosen for me, or would I prefer to choose which schools I apply to be employed in?

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I prefer to be a student with a professional teacher always available to provide support if necessary, or an employee – largely responsible for the classes I teach?

TEACHING SALARIES The government recognises that teaching is a demanding profession. In addition to the numerous financial incentives available for new trainees, teachers now also earn competitive salaries. Most newly qualified teachers are paid a starting salary of £22,244 up to £27,819 in inner London per annum with annual pay scale rises. If you are a career changer or a mature entrant you may, depending on your previous experience, start at a higher level. A head teacher can earn in excess of £100,000. Please see the National College for Teaching and Leadership website for the latest salary figures. Those working in London will receive a higher pay scale. Although the pay is good, most teachers would cite job satisfaction as the most rewarding aspect of a career in teaching.



Job prospects

The University of Exeter has a strong reputation for excellence and our PGCE trainees are highly sought after – a distinct advantage in finding employment. Our latest statistics show that of those awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2014/15, 92 per cent gained a teaching post during the year following completion for the course, many in South West schools. Depending on the subject or age range you are interested in teaching, your job prospects may be even better.

Our partnership with over 250 schools and our very active and supportive Careers Service will help to ensure you are given the best possible start to your teaching career. “The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation and offered the unique specialism programme which I felt would give me an advantage when applying for jobs” ELIZABETH HANSFORD, PRIMARY SCIENCE

I value the focus Exeter put on ‘learning’ rather than ‘teaching’. I think that once you have understood the difference fully, the job becomes a lot clearer and you fully understand what your role actually is. SAMANTHA BICKHAM, PRIMARY MODERN LANGUAGES



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…

…with Exeter the door is never closed. It continues to be on hand to give advice and take an active interest in the career development of its students. This makes Exeter a very special place, putting students, and ultimately the pupils they will teach, first. RICHARD BRIDGEWATER, PRIMARY HUMANITIES

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. NATALIE AMIES, PRIMARY ENGLISH

After many diverse and rewarding experiences working with young people, I decided to complete my Primary PGCE. I chose Exeter because I thought that the opportunity to take an English specialism was extremely beneficial and the staff/student network was really encouraging and supportive I really enjoyed the university-based element of the course and the time you spend with peers in an active and inspiring learning environment. Whilst, you learn a lot during your school placements, it is always a welcoming experience to come back to a supportive and friendly group of staff and students

I would recommend the PGCE course at Exeter, as it is an extremely rewarding degree. The University of Exeter provides a supportive and stimulating means in which to achieve your goal. Natalie Amies, PRIMARY ENGLISH



The university has a fantastic reputation for the PGCE course, and the ability to choose a specialist subject was a big advantage. LYNSEY HOLLAND, PRIMARY MATHEMATICS

Having spent several years working in different industries, I came to the realisation that I wanted to be a teacher, and the PGCE at Exeter was the most appealing option to me. I’d already spent some time living and working in Exeter, and really loved the city and the range of specialisms that Exeter offers is pretty unique for the PGCE. The university tutors are incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire year, and the trainees really pull together to share ideas and experiences. At Exeter you have two full terms on placement, which is much better for training than having several shorter ones.

I enjoy seeing how the theoretical understanding I gained during the taught course can be implemented in practice, and that when working with children, no two days are ever the same! Lynsey Holland, PRIMARY MATHEMATICS

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. BOB AYRES, SECONDARY SCIENCE WITH PSYCHOLOGY

I really valued the university phase which included much more training around pedagogy than I expected to receive, but was it something that I quickly realised I needed. There was a very good student network which helped during the course as many students were placed in schools with only a few trainees, so the ability to still communicate with other trainee teachers from your course was essential.

The Exeter PGCE programme provides an excellent base prior to gaining Qualified Teacher Status; it balances the theory of pedagogy in the university phase with school experience very well. It also bodes well to have a PGCE from Exeter University listed on your CV! Bob Ayres, SECONDARY SCIENCE WITH PSYCHOLOGY



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. HANNAH JACK, PRIMARY MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

I had been considering primary teaching for quite some time and my year teaching in a Menorcan primary school confirmed this for me. As I was interested in specialising in languages at primary level, the content of the specialism course was a huge factor for me when deciding upon universities. Other universities offered a language specialism, but not many seemed to focus classes or lectures specifically on teaching languages in a primary school. The University’s excellent reputation for teaching teachers appealed to me and after I had the chance to meet and discuss the content of the course with the course leader, Dinah Warren, my decision was an easy one.

My favourite aspect of this degree is the people that I work with – my pupils – and I love the variety that comes with a Primary PGCE. Every day is different from the next. The pupils have always been willing to learn and experiment which makes it a very worthwhile job. Hannah Jack, PRIMARY MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

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. HAYLEY MOTTERAM, SECONDARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

It was my passion for the subject that made me want to pursue a career in teaching, so that I could share my enthusiasm for Religious Education, Philosophy and Ethics with students. I was in contact with the course tutor in advance and established a good rapport with them due to her willingness to answer any queries, which continued as I received thorough and consistent support throughout my studies.

The lectures provided in the autumn term have been relevant and helpful, the subject specific seminars have been of a very high quality due to the secure subject knowledge of the course tutors, and the opportunities for extra-curricular and enrichment activities has been really good. I would highly recommend the course at Exeter to anyone interested in receiving high quality teacher training in the subject. Hayley Motteram, SECONDARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION



Exeter’s PGCE

The overall effectiveness of the provider in securing high-quality outcomes for the trainees is outstanding. OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2010

For many years our trainees have been full of praise for our PGCE programmes. The trainees acknowledge that one-year professional courses are, by their nature, intensive and hard work. However, they continually remark on how enjoyable they find the challenge, and how they have been inspired and filled with excitement and enthusiasm.

The teacher training programmes in the Graduate School of Education each lead to a Masters level qualification and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Each is available in: 1. Primary Education 2. Secondary Education Each programme is designed to promote an understanding of: n How

children learn n The realities of the classroom n The symbiotic relationship between teaching and learning n Critical reflection n Creative thinking



Assessment for the PGCE is normally carried out through a range of university-based and school-based assignments. There are no formal examinations. You must demonstrate professional competence in the classroom in line with government requirements. At the end of the programme, trainees are awarded the PGCE by the University and recommended to receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You are encouraged to prepare yourself for the interview by making yourself familiar with the current issues facing teaching, specifically in the subject area you wish to teach. You should be prepared to answer questions and complete tasks on why you are interested in becoming a teacher and your understanding of the classroom. You will also be asked questions and given tasks to complete to assess characteristics such as sustained commitment, resilience, perseverance and motivation as well as strong interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn and a motivation to teach.

All PGCE coursework is designed to support the development of the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve QTS.

“The Exeter PGCE enables you to enter schools with a feeling of confidence. It’s got a great balance of professional studies, theory, guest speakers and school-based experience.” JO HILLIER, SECONDARY HISTORY



SCHOOL-BASED WORK Our partnerships with schools provide exceptional opportunities for school-based work. You will be working within at least two schools during your programme and all of our partner schools have specially-trained mentors who will assist you in learning to teach. These colleagues are essential to your development as a teacher and will help you to develop both classroom skills and reflective and evaluative strategies. Together with schools we will provide you with opportunities, training and support. The University is working with Teaching Schools and other partner schools to further develop and enrich initial teacher education and currently has partnership agreements with over 250 schools across most parts of the South

West (Bournemouth, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Poole, Somerset and Torbay) giving you the opportunity to gain experience in a diverse range of classrooms. Whilst every effort is made to take into consideration personal circumstances that require trainees to be placed in a specific area, schools within daily travelling distance of Exeter are limited in number. Many trainees will be placed further afield for the whole of their school-based work and will need to find accommodation in that area. As well as consideration of personal circumstances, we do all we can to ensure that the placements provide the most appropriate training experiences for each individual trainee.

If you are accepted on to the programme, the University will make all reasonable efforts to find a school within the usual placement area. You will be required to comply with the school’s policies, which may include dress codes. For example, some schools may have a policy on trainees wearing the full veil. Should you wish to wear the full veil you are asked to discuss this at interview, as it may be that alternative arrangements will be necessary in order to find a placement school that will permit this. Please contact us at any point before or after your application/acceptance to discuss any concerns or queries.


Modern Languages

Over forty per cent of our trainees are aged 25 and over and we strongly encourage applications from career changers who can bring their experiences from business, industry, uniformed and other public services into the classroom. We understand that these trainees have often been away from formal education for some time and we will take this into consideration when reviewing applications.

SKE courses in Modern Languages are specifically designed to help graduates who have one language at degree standard, or are native speakers, to develop capability in teaching either French, German or Spanish up to Key Stage 3 (ages 12-14). This is because many schools require teachers to teach two languages. If you have no prior experience of the language, you will receive extra tuition and support as appropriate.



Pre-Initial Teacher Education Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKE). It is not unusual to receive applications from individuals who we believe would make excellent teachers, but who have insufficient subject knowledge to go directly onto one of our Secondary PGCE programmes. For such applicants, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) offers a range of pre-initial teacher training subject preparation courses. It is important to plan ahead as your place on a PGCE programme may be dependent upon completing a SKE course prior to starting the PGCE. Places on a SKE course will only be offered to those candidates with a conditional ITE place. For more information go to subjects-age-groups.aspx or contact the relevant University of Exeter PGCE subject tutor. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry SKE courses in Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry are specifically designed to help graduates who need to develop a greater depth of subject understanding prior to training for Qualified Teacher Status. SKE courses are suitable for graduates with experience of the subject to at least A level standard. This could be through holding an A level in the subject, having an element of it in your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject. SKE courses vary in length from 2 to 36 weeks, depending on the trainee’s need.

It is advisable that trainees selected for an interview should attend a local school and witness what a working day in a classroom is like. Try approaching schools in your local area. They should be happy to arrange for you to spend a day or so observing one of their classes or shadowing one of their teachers. The more time you can spend in schools prior to your interview, the better. If you have more time to spare, then you could speak to a local

school about becoming a regular volunteer – perhaps as a classroom assistant. The National College for Teaching and Leadership also provides a School Experience Programme (SEP) for people considering teaching Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, or a Modern Foreign Language at Secondary level and they will be happy to assist you in organising a school visit in our area. Visit school-experience/sep.aspx or call the National College for Teaching and Leadership Information Line on +44 (0) 800 389 2500 for further information.



Primary programme

Primary We have a long track record of excellence. Our most recent Ofsted inspection, in 2010, rated the Exeter Primary programme as “outstanding”. In addition, our latest statistics show that in 2015/16 94 per cent of trainees were awarded QTS with 70 per cent graded ‘‘outstanding’’. These figures are reflected in high employment levels, within a year of completing the course – for example, 92 per cent in 2013/14. All of our primary PGCE pathways will train you to teach across the primary curriculum. Applicants need to choose one of the following pathways: English, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Science, Primary Teaching and Learning, and Upper Primary Art.

AGES 5–11 (KEY STAGE 1 AND KEY STAGE 2) n Trainees

following the Primary English pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary English

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The depth and breadth of trainees’ reflection about their own practice is impressive. They possess a mature approach to self-study, effectively following up ‘agendas’ they set for themselves, so improving their own performance in aspects of teaching methodology. OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2010

following the Primary Humanities pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary humanities

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following the Primary Mathematics pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary mathematics

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following the Primary Modern Languages pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary modern languages*

n Trainees

following the Primary Science pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary science

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following the Primary Teaching and Learning pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional generalist module based on the Cambridge Primary Review Trust

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following the Upper Primary Art pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary art*

* The Modern Languages and Upper Primary Art Pathways have Key Stage 2 placements only, but the programme covers teaching and learning from 5–11 and, once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age range. Subject specialist pathways are unique to the Exeter Primary PGCE programme and prepare trainees to become curriculum coordinators. The Teaching and Learning pathway prepares trainees to become leaders of curriculum innovation more generally. The leadership skills developed across all pathways provide a distinct advantage as trainees begin their teaching careers. Applicants need to check that they meet the entry requirements and specify their chosen pathway.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The programme, over three terms, includes time spent both at the University and in school placements. University modules are designed to give you experience of all national curriculum subjects, as well as looking at cross-curricular learning and wider educational concerns. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study.

You will work individually and as part of small and larger groups. University lecturers, teachers and your peers will all contribute to your learning. Each term provides progressively more school-based work training:

AUTUMN TERM Preliminary School Experience (2 weeks); University Taught Course (10 weeks); School Placement 1: Autumn Experience (2 weeks)

SPRING TERM School Placement 1: Spring Experience (11 weeks)

SUMMER TERM School Placement 2: Summer Experience (11 weeks)


There is substantial preparation for teaching the core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science through taught sessions combined with self-directed activities based both in the University and carried out in school. There is a particular emphasis on the teaching of writing, reading and mathematics to reflect the government’s current educational priorities. This module also covers the subjects of Art, Computing, Design Technology, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, and Religious Education, which are all delivered in shorter practical courses. These courses cater for trainees whose previous experiences may vary widely and aim to give a substantial introduction to the teaching of these subjects.

2. Educational and Professional Studies The module content is designed to enable critical reflection on children’s learning and development, pedagogy, diversity, and teachers’ roles and responsibilities in multi-professional contexts. There is engagement with relevant government reports, policies and academic research in order to develop appraisal of contemporary social trends, and issues in theory and practice. The content of the module is inter-dependent with other modules in the programme, and will be developed in the professional studies element of school experience settings, where you will consider the practical implementation of educational principles and policies. 3. School experience The University has excellent working relationships with its partnership schools, where trainees will be based for their school experience. School-based tutors and mentors are responsible for trainees’ learning and development and receive well-designed training. Trainees will initially work with groups of children, before taking on more responsibility for planning and independently teaching the whole class. There will be two main placement schools assigned and these will offer contrasting environments. 4. Pathway module (specialist or generalist) Primary trainees will receive training in a chosen subject specialism from Art, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern Languages, and Science. The specialism builds on your subject knowledge strengths (from your degree or A levels) and aims to prepare you for an eventual role as subject leader or coordinator. Alternatively, we also have a generalist pathway, ‘Primary Teaching and Learning’, which will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in research-inspired primary teaching and learning across the whole 5-11 curriculum.



Primary programme

The programme at Exeter is of high quality and valued highly by all partners. The ‘Exeter Model’ is innovative and distinctive and provides a clear commitment to excellence that is underpinned by strong school partnerships. The programme is highly coherent and well developed and school staff speak positively of the model and of the staff at the University… PRIMARY CHIEF EXAMINER REPORT 2014/15

The Exeter Primary PGCE programme is unique. As well as offering a generalist primary pathway, we offer a range of subject specialisms. Applicants therefore need to specify their chosen pathway on application.

Primary Course Leaders Dr Emese Hall is Senior Lecturer in Art Education and the Primary PGCE Programme Director. She has a particular interest in primary art and design, drawing and visual literacy and her doctoral research focused on the ommunicative potential of young childrens’ drawings. She is also interested in teachers’ professional learning and reflection. Prior to her university work, Emese was a primary school teacher in Devon. She is a member of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Art and Design, a member of the Publications Board for the National Society for Education in Art and Design, and a South West Regional Network Coordinator for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust.

Dr Anthony Wilson has a national profile in the field of research on poetry pedagogy. A published poet, he has worked as a writer in schools and has long-standing associations with the Poetry Society, the Poetry Archive, and the Arvon Foundation. His research interests include poetry pedagogy, children’s creative writing and creative approaches to literacy teaching.

Dr Fran Martin qualified as a teacher in the 1980s and worked in a number of school settings until moving across to the university sector to become a teacher trainer in 1993. Fran’s specialisms include the humanities (particularly primary geography and outdoor learning) and professional studies. Fran’s research interests are in teacher development from Initial Teacher Education to Continuing Professional Development for experienced teachers. Her research areas are global partnerships, development education and intercultural learning.

Dr Taro Fujita is a lecturer in mathematics education. He trained as a primary and secondary school teacher in Japan, and completed his PhD at the University of Southampton. He has 10 years’ experience working in the field of mathematics education both in Japan and the UK, where he has been involved in teacher training in primary/secondary mathematics education, teaching undergraduate mathematics and research. His current research interests include: the history of mathematics education; deductive reasoning and intuitive skills in geometry; understanding of algebraic thinking; dialogic approaches; and the use of technology in mathematics education.

Dinah Warren is Head of Initial Teacher Education. She is a specialist languages teacher with over 20 years’ experience of teaching modern languages in schools both in London and Devon, including eight years as Head of Department in a London comprehensive school. Dinah is Head of Initial Teacher Education at the Graduate School of Education and Programme Lead for School Direct and also runs the Secondary Languages PGCE programme.

Dr Rob Bowker is a specialist in primary science and has interests in education for sustainable development, outdoor education and informal learning. He has researched children’s learning in Interactive Science Centres, museums, botanical gardens, environmental centres etc. He has published academic work within this field and continues to engage in research work in partnership with the Eden Project, Cornwall. He also draws upon his previous fifteen years experience as a primary and middle school teacher covering Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. His duties included being a science co-ordinator and a deputy head teacher for several years. He has published articles in international journals around the theme of children’s learning in informal learning environments such as the Eden Project, Cornwall.



Primary PGCE with

Primary PGCE

Primary PGCE

Teaching and Learning Pathway

with Upper Primary Art Specialism

with English Specialism

This route is aimed at those who do not wish to choose a subject specialism as a pathway through the PGCE, 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.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 degree. Although there is no prerequisite in terms of subject expertise at degree level or practical skills, we are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents. Recent experience in a primary state school is desirable.

This pathway features a specialism focusing on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills which are necessary to teach art, craft and design with imagination and confidence to all primary age children. The course also prepares you for the role of Specialist Leader or Coordinator for Art. Recent research is used to support the development of a contemporary and critical view of art education in theory and practice. Practical workshops and seminars make up the taught component, alongside off-site visits and collaborative projects with local schools and art organisations. Placements will be in KS2 classes, but the wider programme trains you to teach the full primary age range.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT We are looking for applicants with a 2:1 degree in an art, design or craft discipline, this includes art history or visual culture. Applicants with substantial practical experience and at least a grade B at A level in an art, design or craft discipline will also be considered. Applicants will ideally have at least two weeks’ experience (observation and/or working) in a state primary school within the last year.

The first term of university-based training provides an exceptional grounding in broad educational issues as well as extending subject knowledge through peer development and course options. OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2010

This specialism considers how English is taught in primary schools. English is not only a core National Curriculum subject but it is also a medium for learning in all subjects, through reading, writing, speaking or listening. All primary schools place a strong emphasis on the systematic teaching of literacy. The course will prepare you to use exciting approaches and resources to interest and motivate children as you teach across the curriculum. This will include ways of using poetry, drama, stories and children’s literature. The course is taught through a dynamic seminar programme, which includes a significant element of directed collaborative group work and self-study. The specialist English course places a strong emphasis on learning outside of the classroom (e.g. in galleries and museum visits), and on teaching pupils with English as an additional language.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT We are looking for teachers who are passionate about improving children’s life chances through literacy. We invite graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree to apply. We expect to take applicants with at least A level English (grade B), preferably degree level. Applicants without A level English are encouraged to apply if they can show relevant experience in language/literacy fields, eg. teaching TEFL/psychology/drama/ theatre. Applicants should have ideally at least two weeks’ experience in a UK state primary school within the last year, or will need to show at interview how they plan to gain school experience.

Primary PGCE with Humanities Specialism A practical and interactive course, the humanities specialism focuses on the methods, skills and processes distinct to teaching history and geography. It will prepare you to teach creatively through experiencing fieldwork, active learning and relating theory to practice. You will consider links to other curriculum areas and education for citizenship. Taught through seminars and workshops, there is an emphasis on collaborative group work as well as self-study and the programme aims to prepare you to take on the role of humanities coordinator as your career develops. When possible a residential field trip is organised and is a highlight of the course.



We are looking for graduates with a good, well-rounded academic profile, usually a 2:1 degree (or above) with at least an A level in history and/or geography and will ideally have at least two weeks prior relevant experience of working with primary age children, in a school setting.

Applicants should have a good degree (typically a 2:1 or better) and demonstrate a strong background in mathematics. This could be an A level or degree in mathematics. Alternatively this could be a degree with a strong mathematical element. We may also consider applicants with substantial practical experience in mathematics. Applicants are also expected to show a strong interest in children’s learning in mathematics and have ideally recent relevant primary classroom experience.

Primary PGCE with Maths Specialism This specialism considers the teaching and learning of mathematics in primary schools both as a subject in its own right and also in terms of its relationship to other areas of the curriculum. There is an emphasis on developing innovative, practical and engaging ways to develop the teaching of mathematics in primary schools. You will be expected to review your own understanding of mathematics and engage critically with research into children’s learning of mathematics.



Primary PGCE with Modern Languages Specialism The aim of this specialism is to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to teach a modern foreign language effectively and creatively within the primary curriculum. In particular, the programme focuses on the role that languages play in relation to their inclusion as a statutory element of the National Curriculum, focusing on good practice as outlined in the Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages. You will be encouraged to develop your reflective and analytical skills both as a professional practitioner and as a languages specialist. The programme is taught mainly through seminars, workshops and school placements that enable you to develop your specialism. Primary languages specialists will also take part in an established exchange between the IUFM Laval (a teacher training institution linked to Nantes University). This involves French trainees visiting during the Spring Term, and a week-long trip to Laval during Specialism Week in March.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT We are looking for applicants with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. We expect applicants to have at least good A level French, preferably to degree level, or to have spent time living in a French-speaking country. Some experience of a second language would be an advantage, but is not essential.

Primary PGCE with Science Specialism Our Primary PGCE offers a specialism in science, one of a small number of courses of its kind in the country. You will train to teach in all primary curriculum subjects, as well as developing an expertise in primary science, with the view to becoming a Science Subject Leader in the future. The course helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach science in a way which will interest and motivate children.

Peer teaching and learning is encouraged and there is an emphasis on practical work. There are a number of field trips with opportunities provided for extending your learning in the outdoor environment. So you will definitely need your wellies!

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT We accept applications from candidates with a 2:1 degree or above in science or science related subjects including archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, health, medicine, physics, psychology, sports science, zoology, etc. Applicants ideally will also have some voluntary or work experience of at least two weeks of working with children in formal (schools) or informal learning environments (environmental centres, museums, etc.)

This has been the best year, I can’t believe how much we got through... so many different experiences... I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of going into teaching. CHARLOTTE BRYAN, PRIMARY 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. PENNY HACKWORTHY, PRIMARY SCIENCE

I felt the balance of university-based work and school placements was crucial and the pedagogy that I developed, through high quality lecturing, has supported me throughout changes that have occurred in education since I graduated.

The design of the course enables independence however, during your placement the support from the University is constant and regular visits and good training for school tutors and mentors mean the schools naturally develop you in line with Exeter’s Model.

I would recommend the Exeter PGCE programme without reservation. For people who want to experience being at university, who may have not known at 17 or 18 that they wanted to teach, and who have a relevant undergraduate degree, it’s a sound choice. Penny Hackworthy PRIMARY SCIENCE



Secondary programme

It has been a pleasure to work with the Exeter PGCE Partnership. Levels of commitment, expertise and openness are very high, in all partners. SECONDARY CHIEF EXAMINER REPORT 2013/14

Following our most recent Ofsted inspection, the Exeter Secondary PGCE programme was deemed to be “outstanding” and was rated as grade 1 in all aspects of its provision. In addition, our latest statistics show that in 2014/15 (the most recent year we currently have full data for), 92 per cent of those who were awarded QTS secured a teaching post within a year of completing the course.



The Exeter Secondary PGCE Programme trains you to teach the 11–18 age range. It is an 11–16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) programme 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 gain additional experience of post-16.

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.

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


“Management of the school-based training programme by Initial Teacher Education Coordinators in schools is excellent. It is based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the University’s procedures and application of their Model for training and consistently applied across the partnership.” OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2010

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 National College for Teaching and Leadership. 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 National College for Teaching and Leadership. 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.





The PGCE English course has a national reputation for excellence, and its trainees are popular recruits to schools all over the country. It is run by tutors who are enthusiastic about English teaching and who relish the opportunity to work with the next generation of English teachers. The course is informed by research undertaken by tutors, and particularly draws on research from the Centre for Research in Writing in the Graduate School of Education, giving you first-hand access to the latest research on classroom practice in English.

The course leader is Dr Annabel Watson, and she is supported by Dr Ruth Newman and Professor Debra Myhill. Together this team bring substantial experience of teaching secondary English in schools, of leading professional development for practising teachers, and conducting research in English teaching, including boys’ underachievement, the teaching of grammar, the linguistic features of writing and teachers’ classroom talk.

The course is active and participatory, placing considerable emphasis on working collaboratively with others and learning together. We expect you to take a high level of responsibility for your own professional learning and the course includes both taught seminars and workshops and directed or independent study activities which allow your professional learning to be tailored to your needs and interests.


In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with the broader professional field related to English, such as meeting children’s authors, and being involved with national or regional arts-based projects.

Most successful applicants have 2:1 degrees in English (literature or language), linguistics, drama, cultural/media studies, film or journalism and a high grade in English A level. For drama, media, film and journalism, we also usually require A level English (or equivalent) In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applicants with degrees in other humanities or social science subjects. In these cases, it is helpful if several modules in that degree are strongly relevant to English (eg. literature or language focused). A high grade in A level English literature or language is required if the degree route is less conventional, and in all cases, a secure and broad knowledge of English literature or language is important.

We also expect applicants to have an understanding of what it’s like to teach English in a state secondary school in the UK – both the exciting opportunities it affords, and the pressures and constraints of the job. To this end, we strongly advise all applicants to undertake at least a week of secondary school observation, preferably with significant time spent in an English department. Successful applicants will have a strong academic track record and will be able to demonstrate a passion for teaching English. They will possess a high level of individuality, independence and initiative alongside a commitment to developing learners who are creative and critical students of English. In addition, they will be able to build strong and effective relationships with students and professional colleagues and will have good interpersonal skills. You will be challenged, pushed to do things you wouldn’t choose to do, and from time to time you will be exhausted. But you will be supported by tutors and by your peers, you will never be asked to do what you cannot do, and you will end the course feeling a genuine sense of achievement, and a full preparedness for teaching.

The course is responsive to the changing landscape of teacher education and absolutely relevant to current need. SECONDARY ENGLISH EXAMINER REPORT 2013/14

History The History PGCE course is concerned with theoretical and practical classroom approaches to the teaching of history. This involves examining a range of appropriate learning and teaching strategies through Key Stages 3– 5 in the varied classroom situations you will encounter. You will develop a rigorous understanding of when and where particular activities might be appropriate. The course is underpinned by the belief that history teaching is a stimulating, creative activity that gives pleasure to both teachers and students and educates young people to take a full and active role as citizens. The course draws heavily on current and recent research findings from both the Graduate School of Education and other researchers at the forefront of history education. Taught by a team of lecturers, researchers and practicing classroom teachers from across the South West, the course relates theory to practice in all elements of the National Curriculum and 14-19 History. The PGCE team’s current research interests lie in the areas of history and literacy, the professional learning of trainee teachers, and how to personalise learning effectively in the history classroom.

COURSE LEADER Bryan Smith has considerable experience teaching History in Secondary schools in the South West and has also taught on the Teacher Development Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme, supporting teachers in developing their skills. His research interests are in pupils’ writing in History.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 degree in history or a history Joint Honours degree. We will also consider applications from those with degrees in related subjects such as ancient history, archaeology or politics. All applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have at least 50 per cent history as part of their degree and have spent some time observing the teaching and learning of history in state secondary schools.



Mathematics The PGCE Mathematics course at Exeter is designed to help you develop your understanding of the subject, of current good classroom practice and how students can best be supported in their learning. All of this is underpinned by a commitment to supporting you in your professional development so that you enter the profession as an enthusiastic and highly-skilled teacher. Our aim is to help you to become a reflective practitioner, a teacher who is willing to critically evaluate and develop your practice in the light of experience and research evidence. You will be laying firm foundations for a thoughtful and rewarding teaching career. You will take part in activities that we hope will challenge your thinking and help you to develop a clear and positive rationale for your own values, beliefs and approaches. You will also need to commit to a significant amount of independent study. As well as exploring your own professional development you will be asked to think about students’ learning and how best to plan and organise lessons that allow all students to be active and successful. Again, we will interweave practice and research to help you to develop ideas about how students learn – and what to be aware of that might inhibit learning.

In the first term of the PGCE year, based at the University, we will draw on your experiences, video material, whole group discussion, small group work, paired work, lectures, peer teaching and peer and self-evaluation to help you prepare for your school-based work in the following two terms. You will also complete two academic assignments during the year, in which you will explore aspects of learning and teaching mathematics in depth.


Mathematics is a subject with a high profile in the curriculum yet is one about which many learners can have negative feelings. We will explore with you the nature of mathematics and the teaching of mathematics and how this might affect student enjoyment and engagement. The Exeter PGCE assists you to develop your own academic knowledge of mathematics and includes dedicated sessions on the use of ICT. Furthermore, the development of academic knowledge into ‘curriculum’ and ‘pedagogic’ knowledge to support your practice and working within the context of the National Curriculum will be an important focus.

We anticipate that all applicants will have had some experience or observation of mathematics education in a state secondary school, so that they come to interview informed about the subject that they wish to teach.

COURSE LEADER Dr Thomas Ralph has worked in several comprehensive state schools in London and Dorset and also as a consultant at SMILE Maths developing educational software. Most recently he was a Head of Department in a school with a specialism in mathematics. Thomas has a wide range of experience working with student teachers and NQTs. His research interests are in the teaching and learning of pupils who are resistant to school.

The usual entry requirements for this course are a good A level mathematics grade and a good degree with at least 50 per cent mathematical content. However, equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered and, where necessary, applicants may be required to complete some subject knowledge enhancement before joining the course.

The PGCE Mathematics course at Exeter requires enthusiasm, energy, commitment, a love of mathematics and a strong desire to teach. In return, the mathematics team, together with school-based partners, will offer you every opportunity to advance towards becoming a confident and inspirational teacher of mathematics.



Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) The course enables you to explore the issues surrounding the teaching and learning of modern languages in Britain today, the strategies for language acquisition in all its practical skills and the need for intercultural understanding within the European dimension and beyond. The most recent Ofsted inspection acknowledged the quality of the training provision by experienced practitioners and was impressed by the coherent link established between the professional studies element of the course and the MFL module, as well as the high-quality support given to trainees. The university-based taught course in the first term offers a solid grounding in the communicative approach to language teaching, which also puts emphasis on language as structure, as recommended in the National Curriculum. This part of the course will include interactive, practical workshops and seminars, peer teaching and assessment, subject-specific seminars, small group work and discussions. We shall help you understand and use the latest research into MFL teaching and learning to develop into a critically reflective practitioner, constantly thinking about and improving your teaching expertise. Equally, we shall support you in polishing up any rusty language skills and in acquiring the necessary practical teaching skills, underpinned by research and accepted good practice, so that you can enter your teaching placements with confidence. The school-based terms are spent in dynamic MFL departments in a wide range of schools across the South West. Trainees in French, German and Spanish must have a second language as this will help in the provision of placements, as well as finding a teaching post.

COURSE LEADER Dinah Warren joined the University in 2009 after teaching languages for twenty five years in comprehensive schools in London and Devon. She was Head of Languages in an outstanding school in North London for eight years and worked alongside trainee teachers as a Tutor and Mentor for ten years in her last teaching post, before starting at the University full-time in 2013. Dinah is Head of Initial Teacher Education at the Graduate School of Education and Programme Director for School Direct. Dinah also supports Primary trainees in teaching MFL and has a strong interest in KS2/KS3 transition, intercultural understanding and cross-curricular approaches to MFL teaching and learning.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT You will normally be expected to have a good degree in the appropriate target language (French, German or Spanish). Other qualifications of degree level equivalence can be considered, e.g. Final Diploma of Institute of Linguists. Candidates with any of our languages will need a second foreign language, even if only at beginners’ level, so that school-based work placements are easier to find, as well as jobs immediately after graduation. Applicants with one language only may be eligible for government funding to train in a second language prior to the start of the course; this can be discussed at interview.

Native speakers should hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree and usually a minimum of three years’ study at an institution of Higher Education. The qualifications can be in any subject, since they have, by definition, the necessary language skills. An Open University degree or other degree qualification in a subject other than a foreign language may be acceptable if the applicant can show at interview that residence abroad or other relevant experience has developed appropriate competence in the foreign language. We are also looking for energetic and committed team players, who will be responsive to guidance, open to new ideas and passionate about languages, language learning and intercultural understanding. In return, we aim to inspire, encourage and support you through your training year to become effective and motivational teachers of MFL.

The University of Exeter is one of the best providers of ITT in the country. The support that all the staff offer is second to none and the variety of schools available to train in through placements is great. I now teach in a relatively large secondary school in North Devon and enjoy every moment of it! The MFL PGCE from the University of Exeter is highly regarded by schools in the area. It set me up for a very successful NQT year and, hopefully, a very long and rewarding career as a teacher. It was completely worth it! GRACE HAWKINS, SECONDARY MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES



Physical Education (PE) Physical Education (PE) at Exeter is widely recognised as a leading PE course nationally. The PE cohort is an academically able group and employability rates are extremely high. Within their first five years of teaching, many of our trainees take on leadership roles such as Head of Department or Head of Year and complete their Master’s Degree in Education. The PE course is constantly evolving and changing to take account of: (a) the latest empirical research and government policy initiatives in teacher education, (b) internal quality assurance measures such as trainee evaluations, and (c) external quality assurance health checks such as annual subject/PE chief external examiner reviews and Ofsted inspections. Supported by a team of highly-qualified and experienced university and school-based tutors, the PE course places considerable importance on trainees collaboratively planning, teaching and reflecting critically on their teaching both in university and in schools. The PE course includes university taught lectures, practical/workshop-based sessions, directed study tasks, assignments and school experience to prepare trainees to inform, inspire and engage the diverse needs of young people in the 21st Century and withstand the demands of the modern day PE teacher. Trainees will develop a secure knowledge and understanding of: (a) Content: a wide variety of physical activities comprising of the National Curriculum for PE, including fitness, health, BTEC and GCSE and A level theory and practice, (b) Pedagogy: how to transform this knowledge of activities and topics in ways that makes them comprehensible to learners, (c) Learners: different types of learners (e.g. gifted and talented, SEN/D, obese, reluctant/disengaged, EAL), (d) Learning: theories of how learners learn (e.g. Vygotsky’s Social Constructivist theory) and, (e) Curriculum: the National Curriculum for PE in England.

COURSE LEADER Will Katene leads the Secondary PE course. Teaching since the early 1990s, Will has extensive experience in teaching PE to young people at secondary school level in New Zealand, USA and England and lecturing in PE, sport sciences and education to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His area of research focuses on how trainees learn to teach (e.g. improving trainees’ subject content knowledge through collaborative learning). In 2011, Will was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. This prestigious award recognises individuals who are judged to make an outstanding contribution to learning in universities in the UK. In 2012, Will carried the Olympic torch in recognition of his work as an inspirational leader in PE. In 2013, Will was elected to the Board of the Association for PE (UK) and, in the same year, invited by the Department for Education (DFE) to join a National PE Expert Group of leading stakeholders in PE drawn from universities, schools, associations and sporting bodies in the UK.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT As entry onto the course is highly competitive, we will be looking for applicants with the following strengths: 1. Personal qualities: Knowledgeable, experienced, intelligent, organised, honest, hardworking, reliable, resilient, dependable, committed, intuitive, enthusiastic, positive, passionate, reflective, genuine and shows initiative. 2. Academic qualifications: (a) C grade or above in PE at GCSE and/or A level, (b) 2:1 Honours degree (or higher) in a sport-related undergraduate degree. 3. Health and Safety qualifications: (a) valid and current one-day first aid certificate (i.e. Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate and, (b) valid and current pool lifeguard qualification (i.e. National Pool Lifeguard Qualification). 4. National Governing Body (NGB) coaching award qualifications: At least one coaching course successfully completed in a game which you are weak/deficient in (e.g. Basketball: UKCC Level 1 Basketball Award). 5. Recent and relevant teaching experience: a minimum of 10 days’ observation and/or collaborative teaching in a secondary school PE department in England. (NB: You are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible, places fill up very quickly!)

The very best of times, created through a robust academic and practical PGCE Physical Education course. The course allows and actively supports every student teacher to achieve the very best they can. Not only do you get the very best support from tutors and staff, but also from your peers. They embrace the nature and spirit of the course, which is of a collaborative culture, underpinned by a caring atmosphere by all. I have received the best teacher education, from the very best educationalists at the University of Exeter. MATTHEW SULLIVAN, TED WRAGG AWARD WINNER, SECONDARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Religious Education (RE)

The Graduate School of Education has a strong history of research in RE. Recent research projects include:

The Secondary RE course at the University of Exeter is highly respected nationally and is led by tutors who are experienced practitioners with international research profiles.

Bridging the Gaps: negotiating differing constructions of religion and religious education in initial teacher education funded by St Luke’s College Foundation. RE-searchers: A critical dialogic approach to Religious Education in primary schools funded by Culham St Gabriels. Exploring Diversity: Enhancing the training of RE teachers through visits to faith communities. Funded by the St Luke’s College Foundation. The RE-flect project, funded by Esmee Fairbairn, has been working with primary school teachers of RE to enhance children’s metacognitive capabilities. Understanding ‘understanding’ in RE, funded by the Farmington Institute, examines teachers’ perceptions of what it means to ‘understand’ in RE. Further details can be found on the website

Key features include: n High employment rates which exceed the national average n Research-led teaching n Subject knowledge development n A strong focus on the relationship between theory and practice n Input from outstanding classroom teachers n Plenty of opportunities to develop your own classroom practice. This course will prepare you to teach RE in Key Stages 3 and 4 with post-16 enhancement. Being an RE teacher in schools today requires that you are able to teach the major world religions; non-religious beliefs; philosophy of religion and ethics. This course will help you to develop your subject knowledge in key areas to ensure that you are confident teaching the RE curriculum. To be an effective classroom practitioner means that in addition to sound subject knowledge, you need to have a good understanding of teaching and learning. The course will provide you with plenty of opportunities to engage with current thinking in RE and to consider how theories of learning can improve your classroom practice. The course examines key ideas concerning the nature and purpose of RE within the school curriculum and teaches you how to plan, teach and assess in RE effectively.

COURSE LEADER Dr Karen Walshe read her first degree at the Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin, received her Masters at Falmouth College of Arts and was awarded her PhD by the University of Exeter in 2010. She taught in schools in Devon and Cornwall as Head of RE and is a core member of the Centre for Research in Professional Learning at the Graduate School of Education. Karen has published both professional and academic papers in RE and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, Karen is a member of the Devon Standing Advisory Council for RE (SACRE) and was one of four members of the RE Expert Panel commissioned by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales to undertake Phase 1 of the national RE Subject Review in 2012. More recently, Karen was appointed

Reviews Editor for the British Journal of Religious Education. In addition to leading the Secondary PGCE RE course, Karen is also Programme Director for the MA Education programme. Karen is supported by Dr Geoff Teece, with contributions from RE specialists from leading schools in the South West.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT The usual entry requirement for this course is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) in theology and/or religious studies. Applicants with different degrees and relevant professional experience are considered, particularly if those degrees are in philosophy or sociology and applicants are willing to extend their subject knowledge by completing a subject knowledge enhancement course or additional modules in theology or religious studies at HE level as required.

The first term at university provided me with a rigorous pedagogical grounding and allowed for the creation of resources that I am still benefitting from. I have a skills set because of the Exeter Model that I would otherwise not have developed as quickly or as deeply. RICHARD COOPER, SECONDARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION



The way that trainees can tailor the course to suit their prior level of experience, and the provision provided by the staff involved are both excellent. I highly recommend the PGCE programme. SUSIE BEDFORD, SECONDARY SCIENCE

One of the highlights of the programme was working with professionals who understood the process that you were going through. Many of the speakers and teachers involved had also been through the Exeter PGCE programme or had been heavily involved during their careers. Each person involved in the Science PGCE took a genuine interest in the trainees; I felt supported and well guided throughout and

knew that there were many people at the University and on placement willing to help. The Exeter PGCE is an incredibly well run programme that works. It’s a demanding course but Exeter produce well-rounded and well-trained teachers that can go on to be incredibly successful within the field of education. The mixture of university-based and placement-based terms mean that it is well

suited to those who do not have experience of teaching/working in schools previously, but also benefits those who have by further developing their understanding of educational research and pedagogy. Susie Bedford SECONDARY SCIENCE

Science BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY PHYSICS BIOLOGY WITH PSYCHOLOGY Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum and science teaching offers many career opportunities. We aim to develop effective and reflective practitioners with an understanding of research methods in education that can inform practice. The main subject module centres on learning about the nature, content and teaching of all aspects of the science curriculum for 11-16 year olds. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Biology with Psychology teaching is chosen as a specialist subject for post-16 teaching. Development of subject and teaching knowledge and understanding is a priority and the team of science tutors includes specialists in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology teaching. Topics covered include: the aims of science teaching; the planning, preparation and evaluation of learning experiences for children of different ages and abilities; school laboratory management and the use of information and communications technologies to support science teaching and learning.

Psychology is becoming an increasingly popular choice at A level and is also being offered as a GCSE option in some schools. The Biology with Psychology option provides a pathway into teaching for good psychology graduates who also have a strong background in biology at A level or for good biology graduates who have a good grade in psychology A level. It is designed to prepare trainees for teaching all aspects of science to Key Stage 3 and 4 and biology and psychology at GCSE and A level. Throughout the course we aim to promote engagement with the wider issues of science and its ethical and social relevance. Practising teachers are involved in delivering the course in the University and play an active mentoring role to foster professional development in schools. Energetic, able and committed science applicants will find this an empowering course which develops personal transferable skills, strength of character and offers the potential for playing a part in shaping the future of society.

COURSE LEADER Dr Lindsay Hetherington joined the University of Exeter in 2006 having worked as a Science Teacher, Head of Chemistry and Deputy Head of Year for five years. She is Secondary PGCE Programme Director and her research interests focus around science and teacher education, where she is interested in exploring open and inquiry-based approaches to teaching within the structures of schooling. On the Science PGCE you will be taught by tutors who specialise in the main science subjects. Dr Nigel Skinner is the Head of the Graduate School of Education and is the Biology tutor. He has extensive experience teaching biology to students from school through to postgraduate level. Associate Professor Keith Postlethwaite is a nationally renowned physics teacher educator and education researcher with an enormous depth and breadth of experience. His research has recently focused on supporting new teachers in the early years of their careers. Dr Darren Moore is our psychology specialist tutor who has previously taught psychology at A level and recently completed a PhD in Education exploring the experiences of students classed as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training).


With the practical sessions, where we can get fresh ideas to use in school, it is possible to make science interesting and the course shows us how to do this! ROB SOLMAN, SECONDARY SCIENCE

A typical trainee will have obtained good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects. They will have a good A level grade in their specialist area (biology, chemistry, physics or psychology) and ideally in another science subject. For Biology with Psychology specialists it is usually essential to have A levels in both biology and psychology at grade B or higher. Successful applicants will need a good degree in their specialist area or a closely related subject with at least 50 per cent of the content related to their chosen specialism. Where necessary, applicants may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.



School Direct Initial Teacher Training Programme The School Direct PGCE Programme at the University of Exeter is an exciting development in partnership with schools in the South West region. The training is school-led and follows the Exeter Model of Initial Teacher Education, developed as a long-established and highly-regarded approach to teacher training.

Selection for the programme is competitive and led by schools. Applicants typically have a degree at 2:1 or higher in their teaching (or other closely related) subject, together with the requisite A* to C GCSE passes in English language and mathematics (and science for Primary applicants).

The School Direct Programme at Exeter leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with PGCE (60 Masters credits). There are three routes available: School Direct @ Exeter School Direct Fee-Paying (distance) n School Direct Training Programme (salaried) n n

Professional skills tests passes will be required before entry to the programme. Information about the skills tests is available from the Department for Education at: traininganddevelopment/professional

The PGCE School Direct programme is well organised and a high-quality training course. All of the trainees I met were very glad they had undertaken the School Direct programme, and all had gained employment for September. It was a privilege and pleasure to meet such dedicated, hardworking, enthusiastic and excellent trainees. SCHOOL DIRECT SECONDARY EXAMINER REPORT 2013/14

SCHOOL DIRECT @EXETER You will be based in school from the beginning of the autumn term but will attend the taught PGCE programme at the University’s St Luke’s Campus between October and December, plus recall days in the spring and summer terms. You will be registered with the University as a postgraduate student and so you will pay tuition fees and be eligible for training bursaries and student loans. The taught PGCE programme includes two 30-credit Masters modules delivered in lectures, seminars and workshops at the University.

SCHOOL DIRECT FEE-PAYING (DISTANCE) You will be based in school for the whole academic year and will be registered with the University as a postgraduate student for your PGCE, so will you will pay tuition fees and be

eligible for training bursaries and student loans. You will complete two 30-credit Masters distance learning modules online using the University’s virtual learning environment.

SCHOOL DIRECT TRAINING PROGRAMME (SALARIED) This route is available for graduates with at least three years’ workplace experience. You will be employed by a school as an unqualified teacher and based in school for the whole academic year. You will be registered with the University as a postgraduate student for your PGCE, but will not pay tuition fees or be eligible for training bursaries or student loans. You will complete two 30-credit Masters distance learning modules online using the University’s virtual learning environment.

FURTHER INFORMATION For further information about the Exeter School Direct Programme, please go to: pgce/schooldirectprogramme General information about School Direct is also available from the DfE at: teacher-training-options Applications for School Direct places can be made through the UCAS teacher training application system – for further details see getting-started/postgraduate-routes-teaching/ teacher-training-schools

All the trainees [whom I met] were able to demonstrate the quality and depth of their professional knowledge which they revealed through the documentary evidence they presented in their files, their articulation of their practice and professional growth as well as their leadership in classroom contexts. SCHOOL DIRECT SECONDARY EXAMINER REPORT 2014/2015



PGCE entry requirements and application details APPLYING THROUGH UCAS We recommend you: n

Apply as early as possible Choose your referees early and explain to them that a promptly returned UCAS Teacher Training reference could make all the difference n Practice the Professional Skills Tests early (see; use support materials if you need to improve your performance and use one of your three chances to take each test early, to strengthen your candidacy. You can access the practice tests before you apply, but you can’t take the actual tests until you have applied n

Please see our new guide at pgce/routesintoteaching to help you navigate the variety of routes into teaching including: University-based PGCE; and School Direct fee-paying; School Direct salaried.

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 PGCE Admissions Office directly to discuss alternative arrangements. Any enquiries regarding teacher training programmes at the University of Exeter should be made to the PGCE Admissions Office: Telephone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers) +44 (0) 1392 723009 (EU/International callers) Email:

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION DETAILS Entry to the PGCE programme for 2017/18 is conditional on the following (please check relevant websites for any changes to the 2017/18 requirements as a consequence of government policy changes made subsequent to the publication of this prospectus): n Graduate

or equivalent status n An Honours degree relevant to your specialist subject(s) n Passes at GCSE in English and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent) for those applying for Secondary. If you are applying for Secondary Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages or Religious Education and do not have a pass at grade C in either English or mathematics, you will have the opportunity to sit the University’s equivalency test in order to gain attainment at an appropriate level n Passes at GCSE in English, mathematics and science at grade C or above (or equivalent) if you are applying for Primary. Please note: although the National College for Teaching and Leadership minimum requirement is a grade C at GCSE, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above for mathematics and English and a grade C or above for science for the Primary programmes


Selection based on the information provided on the UCAS Teacher Training application n Selection based on a successful interview n Selection based on individual phase or specialist subject requirements (please see our website pgce for further information)


medical report which is deemed satisfactory by the University n A completed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University n Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests prior to the start of the programme Please note the criteria listed on this page are the minimum entry requirements to be considered for a PGCE course – please see individual subject pages for further information on additional phase and subject-specific criteria. The University of Exeter follows ‘safer recruitment’ guidelines to help ensure the suitability of applicants recruited to its PGCE programmes.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS All trainees will be required as a condition of enrolment to abide by, and to submit to, the procedures of the University’s Regulations for Students, as amended from time to time. A copy of the current Regulations for Students is available, on request, from the University.

PGCE fees and finance



Tuition fees for the University of Exeter’s PGCE programme for entry in 2016/17 were £9,000. Trainees should regularly check the University of Exeter student finance web pages from autumn 2016 for tuition fee updates for 2017/18 entry. A variety of attractive financial support packages are available and we strongly recommend you visit the following websites for the latest details:

The PGCE Exeter Bursary is a non-competitive bursary available to trainees with a low household income (as defined by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), which does not have to be paid back. Under this scheme, all trainees with a household income of £25,000 or below may be eligible for a PGCE Exeter Bursary of £500. You do not have to apply for the PGCE Exeter Bursary – we will automatically assess your entitlement based on information about your household income provided by Student Finance. However, we can only do this if you consent to Student Finance sharing your financial details when you complete your application form.



UK (Home) trainees can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. Please see the Student Finance webpages for more information about Student Finance for Teacher Training Courses and Maintenance Loan details for 2017/18 entry.

The University also has a Hardship and Retention Fund to assist UK students in exceptional financial difficulty such that continued attendance on their programme may be at risk. Trainees eligible for other bursaries, grants or scholarships must apply to those schemes in the first instance. In assessing hardship, all available sources of funding, including training bursaries and student loans, must have been utilised by the trainee. All awards from the Hardship and Retention Fund are discretionary. Trainees with dependants may apply to their Local Authority for financial assistance from the ‘Parents Learning Allowance’.

NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP INCENTIVES In addition to the tuition support and student loans, the National College for Teaching and Leadership offers further financial incentives and support to offset the costs of PGCE training for some subjects. See the NCTL website for the latest details; funding/postgraduate-funding

For further information on the Hardship and Retention Fund and other Student Funding Schemes, contact the Student Information Desk: Telephone: 0300 555 0444 (UK callers) or +44 (0)1392 724724 (International callers) Email: Alternatively, contact the Students’ Guild Advice Unit: Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 723520 Email:

FUNDING FOR CARE LEAVERS The University of Exeter offers financial support to students who have been in care in the form of a full fee waiver for PGCE students, and a Care Leavers’ Bursary. Please see www.exeter. fundingforcareleavers for more information on these schemes. Students must indicate to the University that they are care leavers in order to obtain the waiver.



The Ted Wragg Awards for Outstanding Trainees The University of Exeter is a leading provider of teacher education programmes. As such, we are looking for applicants who have the potential to become outstanding teachers. The Ted Wragg Awards for Outstanding Trainees are in honour of Professor Ted Wragg, a nationally recognised advocate of the teaching profession and a man who inspired a great many of today’s best teachers and teaching practices. These awards have been developed to recognise, encourage and financially reward our best PGCE trainees.

Why? Because a fundamental part of our PGCE programme is the sharing of experience, good practice and support not just from staff to trainee but between trainees themselves. We reward excellent trainees because we know they are an important part of creating a programme that encourages all trainees to succeed and become great teachers. So, what makes an excellent trainee? We are looking for those who demonstrate good subject knowledge, excellent communication and people skills. Excellent trainees are creative, able to think on their feet, confident and infuse enthusiasm both in the

classroom and in their fellow trainees. Most importantly, we are looking for those who show us they are passionate about helping people learn and enjoy the challenges and rewards that teaching offers. How does the Award work? Unlike a scholarship, recipients will not be selected based on entry criteria – instead they will be judged on their year as a trainee. Therefore, everyone comes into this equal. Trainees are selected because they not only proved they will make outstanding teachers, but helped others to become the same.

All PGCE trainees are eligible and will be considered for this competitive award. There is no application process. The awards are made towards the end of the training year. Trainees will be selected based on consultations with school mentors, tutors and course leaders. The number of awards handed out each year will vary. Last year, 22 trainees received the award. Typically, awards are ÂŁ500. The money is tax-free and will go directly to the awardees. These awards are discretionary and therefore will be administered based on the judgements of the School, the merits of each trainee and the needs of the PGCE programme. The School may reserve some awards for specific subject areas.

The PGCE was particularly valuable in providing up-to-date education in teaching practices, which I have found are often still being introduced in school. Alongside a good grounding in educational theory, this has given me the ability to bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to my year team at school. TIMOTHY NAISH, PRIMARY MATHEMATICS



MA Education

Our MA Education programme is designed to support and enhance your professional practice in your NQT year and beyond. It will enable you to make a positive difference in the classroom and other learning environments. Your PGCE year will give you 60 Masters credits, allowing you to progress smoothly on to the second and third year of the MA Education. The MA Education offers a range of benefits: n Highly-flexible,

suitable for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs and study requirements n Accredited study options leading to postgraduate qualifications including the MA Education n Available full-time and part-time with option to take individual modules and accumulate credits towards an MA over a maximum of five years n Campus-based, blended and distance learning available with weekend teaching to support part-time study n Choices include modules for newly qualified teachers and mentors; modules in mathematics, science, technology, arts, language and literacy, and SEN n Taught by academics whose research sets the agenda, influences policy and leads to innovation in the classroom n Independent and group study options to focus on topics relevant to you or your employer n Accredit learning from prior qualifications and experience

SPECIALISMS Depending on the modules you choose, you can graduate with the MA Education, or with a degree title reflecting your specialist area of study. If you opt to follow an individually constructed programme, you can choose modules to suit your individual interests, career stage and learning requirements. n Creative

Arts: develop your knowledge and understanding of arts education and the central role of creativity in arts teaching and learning n Language and Literacy: develop the theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to improve the reading, writing and language skills of your students

n Mathematics:

adopt the latest innovations including the use of technology within your own professional practice n Science: explore the latest innovations in science education, while developing practical skills and techniques to inspire students to excel n Special Educational Needs: develop your understanding of the theory and practice of SEN within both special and mainstream settings n Technology, Creativity and Thinking: explore the future of education looking at the role of technology and how to encourage creativity and flexible thinking For more information, please visit the MA Education website: education




Due to the pattern of school-based work placements, University accommodation is often not appropriate for PGCE trainees, with the majority finding alternative accommodation in the private sector. Trainees will only need accommodation in Exeter for the first term as they may be away from Exeter for their teaching placements during the second and third terms.

For these reasons, the University does not guarantee accommodation for PGCE students. There is, however, ample private accommodation in Exeter and from May onwards, the Accommodation Office publishes a list of short-term accommodation in the private sector to further assist PGCE trainees in finding suitable accommodation. If a trainee is allocated to University accommodation, the letting period is 42 weeks and trainees are responsible for payment for the full period of the accommodation contract.

International fee paying PGCE trainees are entitled to University accommodation if they apply to the Accommodation Office before the guarantee deadline date and take accommodation for the full 42 weeks. Telephone : +44 (0) 1392 722524 Fax : +44 (0) 1392 723142 Email :


Living in Exeter and the South West



Exeter has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the safest and most student friendly cities in Britain, with a vibrant culture and relaxed atmosphere. The city centre is a fusion of the best in modern facilities and a beautiful historic setting. The cafés, restaurants, pubs and modern shops of the city centre mix easily with Exeter’s historic buildings. The city centre itself has an impressive shopping centre with all the stores and facilities you’d expect in the regional capital. But the real enjoyment of shopping in Exeter is to explore the side streets and some of the more unconventional shops, such as the Cathedral Green with its bars and restaurants or Gandy Street with its diverse range of shops.

The South West region is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations and there is a stunning array of coast and countryside within easy reach of Exeter. Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor offer rugged landscapes to challenge hikers, climbers, cyclists and horse riders.

Exeter’s arts centre, the Phoenix, offers top quality theatre, dynamic dance, live music from around the world, exhibitions of visual arts and crafts and thought provoking films. Exeter has three theatres: the Exeter Northcott Theatre, which is on the Streatham Campus and run by the University; the Barnfield Theatre and the Exeter Phoenix Theatre, whilst Plymouth’s Theatre Royal attracts national touring companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Vue Cinema is the main cinema in Exeter, but the Picturehouse is also very popular. Its programme includes art house and classic films as well as the major blockbusters. It also has a bar with fabulous views where you can have a drink or relax with a coffee and a newspaper.

To find out about living in Exeter and the South West, visit

There are a large number of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in the city centre. Performers from the London stand-up comedy circuit regularly visit the Exeter Comedy Club. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the city in various venues, on campus and at the large Westpoint venue.

There are beautiful beaches for sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts, and surfers can find some of the best surf in the country on the north Devon and Cornwall coasts. In contrast, the gentler landscapes of rolling hills, rivers and attractive market towns and villages throughout Devon are perfect for exploring in a leisurely fashion.

One of the most enjoyable voyages of self-discovery I have ever been on! SARAH ANSON, SECONDARY SCIENCE

Not only is Exeter one of the top universities for teacher training, it’s also a lovely part of the country. PETE BUCKLEY, SECONDARY SCIENCE



A PGCE course is demanding and to help you achieve your best results we take great care in providing excellent resources. In addition to the unsurpassed support and attention of our staff and school mentors, the campus facilities include: n

Modern seminar rooms and lecture theatres n Improved study areas (both silent and group research spaces) and IT facilities including a wireless network and a self-service facility

TIME TO UNWIND Although academic resources are essential for your training, we also understand you will need some time to relax and unwind from your studies. To help make your experience as enjoyable and complete as possible the following facilities are also available on St Luke’s Campus: n

A restaurant A bar and student centre n An indoor swimming pool n Two gymnasia including a dedicated advanced conditioning studio n Lawn tennis/volleyball during the summer n

The University has a very active Students’ Guild, which offers a range of activities and events for all students. In addition to the St Luke’s Campus, you are encouraged to take advantage of further facilities located on the Streatham Campus, which is only a short 20-minute walk away.

DEDICATED SUPPORT The University provides comprehensive student services that include Wellbeing Services and AccessAbility, the Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Students’ Union Advisors, the Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. Full details can be found on the University’s Postgraduate Study webpages at:

AccessAbility AccessAbility provides support for students with physical disabilities, specific learning difficulties and long-term health conditions. Our staff offer advice, guidance signposting to other services and face-to face support. We encourage all students with disabilities and long-term health conditions to declare their needs on their application form. This will not affect your application in any way but will enable us to plan and prepare for your arrival and support. We would also recommend that you make an appointment with an AccessAbility Advisor when you arrive to begin your studies. We will then make a full assessment of all your support needs and, where appropriate, agree with you an Individual Learning Plan. This serves to inform relevant University departments of the reasonable adjustments we recommend to support you personally and academically. It is important to note that any support you have previously received at college and/or university will not automatically be transferred (including any exam arrangements.)

For more information please contact AccessAbility: Tel: 0300 555 0444

Wellbeing services Health and Wellbeing are crucial ingredients to enable students to reach their potential and get the most out of their studies. The University of Exeter Wellbeing Services offer support for students who experience emotional, psychological and mental health conditions. We offer a confidential space to share concerns with qualified practitioners. Wellbeing Services support may include advice, guidance, psycho education and psychological interventions, offered through self-help materials, individual sessions, group work, and workshops focused on student specific issues. Wellbeing services are made up of pathways of support which include psychological therapies (counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy), Welfare, Mental Health team, and Accessability.

You may also be eligible for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) from Student Finance. This is a non-means-tested allowance which does not have to be repaid, and can help with various extra costs such as specialist equipment, assistive software, non-medical helpers, extra travel costs, etc. Please contact AccessAbility for advice.

Students who experience mental health difficulties and who meet the disability criteria of the Equality Act 2010 are entitled to additional support from the Mental Health team. This can consist of consideration for reasonable adjustments and an Individual learning plan, plus additional one to one specialist DSA funded support.

AccessAbility offers the following services: n Screening and information regarding diagnostic assessments for students who feel they may be dyslexic n One-to-one appointments with AccessAbility advisers n Advice on how to apply for DSA n Special exam and teaching reasonable adjustments n Liaison with academic staff n Specialist one-to-one study skills support for students with specific learning difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions n Specialist fatigue mentoring

Students will be offered a short telephone appointment with a practitioner to discuss what the issues are and then consider what support would be most helpful. For more information please contact Wellbeing Services. Email: Telephone: +44(0) 1392 724381

STUDENT ADVICE UNIT The staff of the Students’ Guild Advice Unit can answer many of the questions or problems you might encounter, including those relating to money, housing and legal matters. More information can be found at: The Students’ Guild provides support, advice, representation, entertainment and other activities to enhance your student experience at Exeter. The Postgraduate Society is about ensuring that your experience whilst at the University of Exeter is both fun and rewarding. They recognise the need for postgraduate-specific trips and social activities providing the opportunity to meet other postgraduates.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The Graduate School of Education has a strong international community and warmly welcomes applications from international students. International fee paying PGCE trainees are entitled to University accommodation if they apply to the Accommodation Office before the guarantee deadline date and take accommodation for the full 42 weeks. There is also plenty of privately rented accommodation available in the city. For further information, including a virtual tour of University accommodation, visit International Student Advisors are on hand to offer advice and assistance on a wide number of issues; more information is available on the International Student Support website:

STUDENTS FROM MINORITY ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS A Race Equality Resource Officer (RERO) is available to work closely with trainees from ethnic minorities. The RERO role is not part of the student assessment process and offers you: The RERO also works with staff and partner schools to enable the success of school-based placements for all concerned. Email:


A safe, confidential and non-judgmental place to discuss progress, successes and concerns relating to the university-based and/or schools-based aspects of the course n Practical advice to make best use of university resources and support n Referral to appropriate agencies for specialist advice, information and support

The promotion of equality of opportunity and valuing of diversity is outstanding. Excellent provision is made for trainees from minority groups to ensure that they succeed and University staff work tirelessly to ensure that they are fully supported during the course. OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT 2010



How to get here

Key contacts




The average journey time from London Paddington to Exeter St David’s is two hours 30 minutes. There are also direct trains from many other stations including Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, London Waterloo, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield. The local H bus service connects the station and St Luke’s Campus.

Laver Building, North Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QE Telephone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers) +44 (0) 1392 723009 (EU/International callers) Fax: +44 (0) 1392 722479 Email:

Telephone: 0300 555 0444 (UK callers) +44 (0)1392 724724 (International callers) Email:



National Express coaches call at Exeter Coach Station. The local D bus connects the Coach Stations to both St Luke’s Campus and Streatham Campus.

Telephone: 0300 555 0444 (UK callers) +44 (0)1392 724724 (International callers) Email:

Telephone: +44 (0) 800 389 2500

BY CAR The M4/M5 links Exeter directly to London, the Midlands, South Wales and the North including Scotland. The average journey time from either London or the Midlands is three hours.

BY AIR The nearest regional airports are at Exeter and Bristol. There are currently scheduled flights to Exeter from Belfast, Dublin, Channel Islands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. For further details: Please note that, with the exception of individuals with disabilities, students are not permitted to park on the St Luke’s Campus. Details of parking facilities can be found at:


UCAS Telephone: +44 (0) 8714 680468




Teacher Training Open Days

Becoming a teacher will lead to an exciting and rewarding career. Quality teachers are highly sought after and choosing a PGCE programme is an important step in ensuring a successful career.

In addition, we run Open Days where you can visit our campus, meet our tutors, current and former trainees and learn more about our PGCE programmes. Please visit our website for details of these Open Days at

Our website provides details about the many programmes we offer, including information on who to contact if you have specific queries.

I found it informative and welcoming. All of my questions were answered in a very friendly way. I found all the staff I talked with to be very approachable and informative.

It definitely added to the information in the prospectus excellently.

Thanks, I enjoyed the day and would recommend it to anybody.


The Open Day was fantastic. Everything was well planned and informative. It has not only emphasised that this is the course and route I want to take, but that Exeter University is where I want to study.

I felt the most useful part of the day was having lunch with the tutors – that was where we learnt the nitty-gritty about the course, how it’s run, the placements and career advice. We also got the chance to talk to other prospective students.

Graduate School of Education PGCE Admissions Office Laver Building North Park Road Exeter, Devon EX4 4QE Telephone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers) +44 (0)1392 723009 (EU/International callers) Email:

Photography We acknowledge with thanks individual students and staff, Apex Photography, Land Securities, Tim Pestridge, Excite Films Ltd Designed by Design and Publications, University of Exeter Published October 2016 © University of Exeter

This document forms part of the University’s Postgraduate Prospectus. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in the Prospectus is correct at time of print. The University will endeavour to deliver programmes and other services in accordance with the descriptions provided on the website and in this prospectus. The University reserves the right to make variations to programme content, entry requirements and methods of delivery and to discontinue, merge or combine programmes, both before and after a student’s admission to the University. Full terms and conditions can be found at


University of Exeter PGCE prospectus 2017  
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