Teach South West (WeST) Primary (358X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.westst.org.uk/page/?title=Teach+South+West&pid=176

Contents

About the course

Our most recent Ofsted inspection, in 2017, rated the Exeter Primary programme as “outstanding”. Our latest statistics show that in 2016/17, 97 per cent of Primary trainees were awarded QTS of which, 72 per cent were graded as “outstanding”. In the latest employment statistics (2015-16) 93 per cent of those awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) secured a teaching post within six months of completion. The programmes last 39 weeks with time spent in school placements and at the University. We work with you to select these placements.

The University modules are designed to give you experience of all the subjects you will be expected to teach for your specified 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.

The programme lasts for 39 weeks (one academic year). The course starts at the beginning of September students are inducted into TSW and spend one week in a primary school and one week in a secondary school and to carry out a variety of pre-course tasks. These include an initial needs analysis focussing on subject knowledge and a variety of reading tasks. The first term is predominately based at the University with an open-door policy to placement school one. The first placement then continues in January and lasts around 12 weeks. Induction into the second placement school takes place before the Easter vacation and then continues in the summer term until early July.

Read more at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/primary/structure/#ri7EEKIt2YjMwz4s.99 https://www.westst.org.uk/page/?title=Teach+South+West&pid=176

School placements

We work with our candidates to secure placements that, wherever possible, meet their needs. The earlier the application the more flexibility we have for placements.
We partner with approximately 50 schools who are very supportive of the programme and keen to recruit our trainees into future posts. Read more at https://www.westst.org.uk/page/?title=Teach+South+West&pid=176

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents.

The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 or above in your first degree.

Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C/4. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C/4, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B/5 or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C/4 in Science.

Follow: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/primary/teachingandlearning/#R46Hcbjff3G4Zt4R.99

Tests offered by www.equivalencytesting.com (please contact the PGCE admissions team for further guidance before signing up for the equivalency test)

Personal qualities

  • A passion for teaching and for learning

  • A real love of their subject

  • An appreciation of the role of a teacher in a pupil’s life

  • Adaptability

  • Stamina

  • A willingness to reflect

  • Great organisation

Teach South West is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. As such all personnel will undergo the following before being able to train/enter our Schools and Colleges;

  • DBS clearance enhanced check
  • Safeguarding training
  • Data Protection training

Other requirements

Most successful applicants have a 2:1 or above. If however, you have a 2:2 or different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through DFE Apply System for consideration.

In addition to the academic requirements listed, successful selection based on DFE Apply application, interview (online due to Covid-19 restrictions), Fitness to Teach assessment and DBS enhanced disclosure.

Although not essential it would be advantageous to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,000

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages

About the training provider

Ivybridge Community College is a lead school for Teach South West within Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST).

WeST are a partnership of high performing schools sharing our skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve learning and achievement in schools across the South West both within and beyond our Trust.

Teach South West is our Initial Teaching Training branch of WeST and offers Primary and Secondary (11-16 with Post-16 enhancement) School Direct training placements in English, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, French, Spanish, PE, RE and Primary . All our programmes (with the exception of Geography) are through an @Exeter model in partnership with The University of Exeter, delivered at The Graduate School of Education, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter.

We always endeavour to place Teach South West trainees in schools that are agreeable to their circumstances and offer a breadth of experience; promoting future employability, hopefully within our Trust and/or local area of schools.

Teach South West trainees have access to high quality CPD available within the WeST Training School and are supported in finding the right post for their ECT (Early Career Teacher) years following their PGCE year.

Please review our website for more details or to come on a Taster Event, https://www.westst.org.uk/page/?title=Training+events&pid=188&action=saved

Interview process

After successful application through UCAS, a candidate will be invited to be part of an online interview process which will involve formal interviews and a presentation/teaching episode. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, interviews are being held remotely.

What we are looking for:

  • A passion for teaching and for learning

  • A real love of their subject

  • An appreciation of the role of a teacher in a pupil’s life

  • Adaptability

  • Stamina

  • A willingness to reflect

  • Great organisation

  • The ability to work collaboratively

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help. Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact this training provider

Email
admin@teachsw.co.uk
Telephone
01752 691000
Website
https://www.westst.org.uk/page/?title=Teach+South+West&pid=176
Address
Teach South West (WeST) Ivybridge Community College
Harford Road
Ivybridge
Devon
PL21 0JA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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