QE School, Wimborne
Social Sciences (3CNM)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

QE School runs all its School Direct training from its beautiful campus in Wimborne built in 2011 which has unrivalled facilities.

You will be working according to the Exeter University School Direct Distance Learning model. Further essay and assessment information can be found by following the Exeter University School Direct web pages.

If you would like to visit the department at QE School and meet the team ahead of applying, please contact us and we can arrange this for you.

School Direct programmes assess and develop both classroom teaching practice and your understanding of the pedagogy which underpins excellent lessons. Exeter set the essays and online tasks that you have to complete. Whilst at school, you will be learning ‘on-the-job’ from day one what it means to be a teacher in your chosen subject area.

You visit the University just once during your training, the remainder of the time is spent in school. You are entitled to one day a week which is free to work in school on Exeter online assignments (called your ‘in-school University day’). You have a subject tutor, a mentor and a University tutor, all looking after you and guiding your progress, either at distance or in person every day.

There are phases to the development to help you develop at your own pace. You will not suddenly be ‘thrown in’, but at the same time you can accelerate the pace in consultation with your tutor if that is appropriate.

Your week will be a mixed reduced timetable of teaching classes, delivering episodes (parts) of lessons, team teaching, observing others around the school, attending training led by experts at the school, coaching and guidance from a designated tutor and mentor, feedback and reflection sessions, marking and planning time. You will be encouraged to come to all the same meetings and training that full time teachers attend, providing a full understanding of the profession and role. There is also a placement in a nearby school for at least 6 weeks.

At QE School you will be led by a designated, motivated and experienced Training Manager (Ben Jose) who facilitates bespoke training in all areas of your development as a teacher, helping you to improve quickly and receive support when needed.

Interview process

Please note that this interview process is being reviewed constantly to adhere to Covid-19 risk assessment measures. Please contact BJose@queenelizabeths.com to receive the current arrangements and any relevant updates to the information below.

You are very welcome to visit the school virtually prior to applying by visiting http://www.qe.dorset.sch.uk

At interview, you will get a full tour of the school, led by either a current trainee or one of our students.

You will be expected to teach a 30 minute lesson based on a lesson brief set by QE. This is a chance for us to observe your potential to train, the rapport you develop with students and also ability to lead students in a teaching task. We expect to see commitment and professionalism at this stage, not ‘the finished article’.

You will get to meet the department team and current trainees across the school, helping you to decide if we are the right place for you to train and vice versa. In our eyes, it genuinely is a two-way interview process.

There will be a formal interview with the ITEC lead (Ben Jose) and the Head of Department in the subject area to which you have applied. If Exeter have asked us to check subject knowledge at interview, there may be an additional written task in order that we may do this.

You will undergo a full DBS check and questions on your understanding of safeguarding and Exeter University Distance Learning model as part of the interview process.

How school placements work

Your placement will be at a local school.

Many of our partner schools are also our feeder schools, but not all. These would be Middle Schools where you would teach years 6-8. In our partner secondary schools, you would teach years 7-11 and in some cases 7-13.

You will visit the schools ahead of your placement and build up a working relationship with the staff there helping you to settle quickly when your placement starts.

Most placements take place in the second half of the Spring Term after February half term.


The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,500

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

For more information, please see Exeter’s Fees and finance webpages

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Unfortunately we do not offer any salaried positions or financial support. Please do though visit Exeter University’s School Direct Fees and Finance sections and their bursary guidance pages. The government also publishes lists of which subjects it may be funding people to train in which changes yearly.

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

For more information, please see Exeter’s Fees and finance webpages



Please see Exeter University’s School Direct entry requirement pages or contact the University to discuss this if you have any questions.

Personal qualities

We are looking for applicants to have a genuine passion for teaching and for wanting to work with young people and help them to achieve their potential.

Teaching is a hard career - but incredibly rewarding. Before starting the course we want you to recognise the challenges you face not just in the training, but in the profession thereafter. We want you to recognise the challenges, but not be put off by them. We want to train you and you to stay in the profession long term to make a difference to young people’s lives and future prospects.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements found on Exeter’s pages, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.

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

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes Exeter’s standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.

About the training provider

Queen Elizabeth’s School is a heavily oversubscribed 13-18 mixed comprehensive school with an excellent local reputation for high quality teaching and learning and an innovative and forward looking approach to education. This reputation was reinforced by OFSTED in September 2017 and it continues to grow as we succeed in raising achievement still further; results have risen consistently over time and we expect to see further improvement over the next few years. There is a strong commitment to comprehensive education and a focus on creating an environment that supports continual school improvement and the attainment of all students. The complete rebuilding of the school into one of the best educational facilities in the entire country was completed in 2011 and we genuinely believe it is highly unlikely you will find better anywhere.

We are committed to developing people within the teaching profession, including those just starting their training. We have run School Direct with Exeter since the programme began and we believe that they are an outstanding provider; together we will give you the best start in your teaching career.

About the accredited body

QE School has been partnered with Exeter University since its School Direct courses began. QE School believes Exeter University provides unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve, as ratified once again in its most recent outstanding OFSTED, 2017:

“Trainees and NQTs display the professional qualities and attributes that make them resilient and driven in their work.”

“Strong collaboration between all members of the partnership produces highly employable teachers who confidently apply theory to practice in class. Every trainee receives the individual personal and academic support they need to achieve their best and reach their full potential.”

Training with disabilities and other needs

For our students who have disabilities and other special needs we believe we offer outstanding support. We do the same for our trainees. Our facilities mean that the building is fully accessible on all levels, with lifts and ramps, and the site is open with wide corridors and pathways to support anyone with physical needs. We have many students in wheelchairs, we also have visually and hearing impaired students - each with us due to the fact that we have both the facilities and the staff/understanding to support their needs. On our School Direct course we have supported trainees with both disabilities and training needs, including many trainees who are dyslexic. They have all excelled with us and have commented positively on the support that was afforded to them.

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

Contact details

01202 885233
Blandford Road
Wimborne Minster
BH21 4DT


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