Jurassic Coast Teacher Network Primary (25TH)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Exeter
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This course is a School Direct @Exeter programme.

The programme has four main components

  1. Curriculum studies 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

It includes two assessments at Masters level, work a total of 60 credits.

School placements

Schools within the JCTN identify the subjects in which they wish to train a teacher. This means that Primary is only offered in those specific schools. If you are offered and accept a place in that school, it then is designated as your home school and the bulk of your teaching practice will take place there. In addition to your home placement, you will have a second placement that will be in a different school within the network. All of our schools are located in West Dorset, Chard and East Devon. All of the placement schools are designated as good or outstanding by Ofsted and there is opportunity for 16-18 experience if desired.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Acorn Federation
c/o Mrs Ethelstons Primary, Uplyme, Dorset, DT7 3TT
Redstart Learning Partnership
The Redstart Primary School, Redstart Road, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1SD

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 accept equivalency tests from A Star Equivalency and equivalencytesting.com (please do contact us for further guidance before signing up for an equivalency test).

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,500

Financial support from the training provider

For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance) and Get into Teaching (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/) websites.

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/apply/feesandfinance/)

About the training provider

The Jurassic Coast Teacher Network (JCTN) is a network for schools of all phases to work together to support and improve the expertise within each school. The JCTN is coordinated by The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis and includes schools across West Dorset, East Devon and Somerset. We work in partnership with the local authorities, The University of Exeter and the Teaching School Hubs, providing a local link. There is also integration with curriculum hubs, including the Jurassic Maths Hub.

The Woodroffe School is an outstanding secondary school located in the middle of the Jurassic Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our consistent focus on pedagogy and outstanding learning and teaching leads to excellent progress for every student irrespective of starting point.

By training with JCTN you will develop your skills as a teacher in schools that strive to deliver an outstanding learning experience for the pupils. You will gain a breadth of experience thus enabling you to start your career with confidence. There is considerable experience across the schools of working with trainee teachers and staff are keen to support those new to the profession.

About the accredited body

We work with The University of Exeter because they are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. They recruit excellent trainees who relish the opportunity to gain a strong grounding in the field of education to complement their knowledge of the subject/s they teach, whilst gaining substantial experience in the classroom via the Exeter Model of ITE. The trainees are supported by excellent teachers in partner schools across the region, and by University tutors who are also experienced teachers and experts in their field including world-class educational researchers.

Interview process

Interviews will take place in the home school. You will be interviewed by the head of department, a member of the leadership team and a teacher with responsibility for initial teacher training. Before the interview day, but as part of the interview process, you will be expected to arrange a visit to the school. On the interview day itself you will be asked to observe a lesson and discuss what you notice and you will be asked to work with a small group of students for part of a lesson, supporting them through an activity prepared by their teacher.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/students/newstudents/supportandservices/studentservicesdirectory/) PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Consultant 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. The Occupational Health provider can recommend ‘Reasonable Adjustments’, which will be put into place by the provider, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

Contact this training provider

01297 442232
The Woodroffe School
Uplyme Road
Lyme Regis

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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