Exeter Consortium
Primary (2BKV)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
South West Teacher Training
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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our Primary 5-11 programme (2BKV) provides an internationally respected route into a career in teaching. You will be well prepared to teach across the full primary range. We also offer Primary (3-7) (2TXN), and Primary with Maths (3F45).

We will provide you with:

  • Excellent innovative, research-informed teaching from Senior Leaders

  • 60 credits at Masters level

  • A placement in Key Stage 1 and a contrasting placement in a different school in Key Stage 2, with enrichment experiences in other settings, including a hospital school.

  • Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors

  • Support for your NQT year

  • A beautiful, riverside cathedral city with around 60 partner schools

Our programme has been written by Headteachers from schools across Exeter, responding to their requirements for NQTs in our partner schools. We cover important areas early on in the year, such as SEND, inclusion, Assessment and Behavioural Management Strategies. These studies are interwoven with your school-based experience, allowing you to embed theory into your practice. Our sessions ensure that trainees have the skill sets desirable to our schools, as described by one of our Federation Heads: “We recently interviewed several trainees from a range of providers for an Early Years post. The quality of the trainees from Exeter Consortium, in terms of depth of knowledge, practical experiences and their ability to articulate their learning was outstanding. All in all, it was clear that the course is significantly strong in preparing teachers for entry into the profession.”

Training begins in your ‘Home School’ where you are based for two terms. Here you develop an understanding of how teachers foster a positive learning environment right from the start. You will spend much more time in school compared to conventional PGCE programmes. Initially, you will begin with 40 - 50% time in class, observing and teaching. This increases over the year, and by the end of your practice in the Summer Term, you will be teaching 70% or more, in readiness for your new teaching post in September!

You will complete three assignments towards completion of the PGCE with Bath Spa University, rated Outstanding for ITT, who visit us at our Exeter site. Bath Spa also provide regular tutorials.

Built into our programme is a focus on well being; our cohort is kept small purposefully, so we can offer personalised 1:1 support throughout the year.

Interview process

Under guidance from the DfE, we continue to recruit throughout this period of school closures in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Applicants will be shortlisted in the usual manner. Once shortlisted, you will be invited to an online interview that will involve:

  • a short presentation of a planned lesson *a written task *a panel interview *opportunities to talk with a current trainee via telephone

Successful candidates are greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through the preparations required to start the course. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they feel like part of the Exeter Consortium community.Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the office by ‘phone or email and are welcome to chat informally with an adviser before submitting an application. We are committed to making interviews as stress-free as possible - recognising how challenging they can be! We find that candidates do really enjoy our interviews, finding out more about us and our programmes. All candidates are offered feedback as soon as possible following the interview.

How school placements work

There is a mixture of schools and settings within our Consortium, with 6 secondary schools, around 60 primaries, several special schools, a hospital school and 1 FE College across the city.

You will be placed within one of our Primary Schools, with age ranges of 4-11. You will be placed in a ‘home’ school for the whole of the Autumn and Summer Terms, and a contrasting school for the Spring Term where you will gain experience of an opposite key stage. If desired, we can give you a taster experience of a secondary school also.

We make every effort to try to place trainees within schools that are accessible for their circumstances and which also meet their needs. We can offer experience and placements in schools which have specialist SEN provision as well as experience within the hospital setting. We cannot guarantee that your placement will be within a particular school, but our partnership allows for a wide range of suitable placements.

Trainees come together as a cohort for the taught elements of the course each week. The practical, school based learning dovetails into the academic course. The Consortium and its schools have an enviable track record in CPD and staff development and value the opportunity to prepare the next generation of outstanding teachers for their schools. Some of the training is delivered at West Exe School and some training is delivered by SLEs in their own schools, allowing you to visit many schools across the city over the year and see a diverse range of settings.

The aim for us is to provide the best possible educational outcomes for all of Exeter’s children. Our trainers and mentors are excellent practitioners, many of whom are Senior Leaders in Education (SLEs) in our Consortium schools, keen to share their expertise with future colleagues. Being trained by these key staff from schools across the city, gives you links and allows you to network with your future colleagues. The outstanding success of our teacher training in Exeter is clear affirmation of the vision and hard work of our partner schools!


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

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.



  • Graduate Status or equivalent
  • GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade C / level 4 or above

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have what we think it takes to become good or outstanding Teachers. There are particular qualities that such teachers possess:

  • a passion for teaching
  • an ability to form positive working relationships with children and adults
  • an engaging and approachable nature
  • strong organisational skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • creativity and innovation
  • an exciting approach to learning
  • the ability to reflect on practice
  • a positive and professional outlook We are keen to recruit applicants who can demonstrate such qualities - together with the determination to succeed.

Other requirements

  • A satisfactory DBS enhanced check
  • Safeguarding is paramount and candidates must satisfy relevant pre-employment checks. A place to train with us will involve contact with vulnerable groups (children and young people) and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • The DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. Trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills. Further details on this are yet to be confirmed by the DfE.

About the training provider

Exeter Consortium is a successful partnership of schools around Exeter, created by the schools themselves. We deliver high quality, school-based programmes, devised in collaboration with our headteachers. Central to our programmes are pastoral support, with our personal touch being highly rated.

We offer a rich experience, having a contrasting mixture of schools for placements, consisting of a range of secondaries, around 60 primaries, a hospital school, special schools and FE College. The primaries offer great diversity, from schools of less than 100 pupils to rolls of more than 600, and from urban sites to small villages.

We demonstrate consistently high employment rates of above 95% over the last 4 years and are recognised by our headteachers as providing well-trained NQTs - nearly 100% achieve outstanding grades.

The major benefit of this route is that the Trainee has the opportunity, right from the start, to join an effective school and build practical experience. Trainees come together as a cohort for the taught elements of the course each week, which is delivered by Senior Leaders in Education and other excellent, current practitioners. A strong and supportive peer group develops, and life-long friendships are forged.

The Primary (3-7 and 5-11, plus Primary with Maths) programmes are offered in partnership with SWTT and Bath Spa University, an Ofsted rated Outstanding provider for ITT, who deliver the Masters element of the courses on site, here in Exeter.

One of our great strengths is our ability to personalise the programme and provide 1:1 support.

About the accredited body

SWTT SCITT was formed in 1993 with the remit of providing high calibre teachers for Exeter and South West Schools. We pride ourselves in continuing with this challenge, but also with producing teachers who teach across the country. One of the great strengths of SWTT is our ability to personalise the QTS programmes and provide one to one support and challenge for each of our trainees. SWTT is based along with Exeter Consortium at West Exe School in Exeter, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, where some of our training sessions are held.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We believe in creating a supportive environment for all. We provide confidential information, guidance and support to students who have a specific learning difficulty or disability, or a medical condition.

All successful applicants to the programme will be taken through an occupational health check, so that we can then create an access plan to best support them. We will work with all applicants to make adaptations to support their access to the programme. For example, this can include using coloured paper and slides for students with dyslexia, considering the best placement schools to support students with accessibility issues and other disabilities.

We have built wellbeing training into our programme as we believe this is important for all our trainees.

Contact details

01392 927171
Exwick Heights Primary School
Exwick Lane


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