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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Our Primary 5-11 programme (2BKV) provides an internationally respected school-based route into teaching. You will be well prepared to teach across the full primary range. We also offer Primary 3-7 (2TXN). The training is entirely practitioner-led, designed and run together with excellent schools and teachers from within our wide partnership. By training with us, new teachers are learning about the profession entirely from current practitioners who are keen to share their expertise. Our partnership proudly sees this route as a recruitment pipeline of excellent new teachers for our schools and so takes care to ensure our training is as up-to-date and relevant as possible. You will spend much more time in school compared to conventional PGCE programmes. Your confidence is built gradually and in a personalised way; you are supported to develop your confidence over the year so that by the end of the Summer Term, you will be teaching 70% or more, in readiness for your teaching post in September!

We provide you with:

  • Excellent innovative, research-informed teaching
  • 60 Master’s credits
  • A placement in Key Stage 1 and another in Key Stage 2 in a contrasting school
  • Enrichment experiences in other settings
  • Personalised levels of support from University and School-based tutors
  • Shorter training days to allow for a work-life balance
  • Support for your Early Career Teacher (ECT) year

Our programme has been written by Headteachers in response to their requirements for ECTs. We cover important areas early on in the year, such as Special Educational Needs and Behaviour Management. Training is interwoven with your school experience, allowing you to embed theory into your practice. We ensure trainees have the skillsets 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 Year’s 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.”

You will complete three assignments for the PGCE with Bath Spa University, rated Outstanding for ITT, who visit us in Exeter. Bath Spa provide regular tutorials.

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

School placements

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 teach within the opposite key stage. We also provide you with three days of adjacent key stage experience. You have a school mentor as well as a visiting tutor to quality assure your placement.

We make every effort to place trainees within schools that are accessible for them and which 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 in order to offer you the best training experience possible.

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 Exwick Heights Primary School or West Exe School and some training is delivered by subject specialists and senior leaders in their own schools, allowing you to visit many schools over the year and see a diverse range of settings. Each term you will have a block practice where you are in school for whole weeks, allowing you to fully focus on your teaching.

We aim to provide the best possible educational outcomes for all our children. Our trainers and mentors are excellent practitioners 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!


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alphington Primary School
Wheatsheaf Way, Alphington, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8RQ
Axminster Community Primary School
Branscombe , Stoney Lane, Axminster , Devon , EX13 5BU
Exwick Heights Primary School
Exwick Lane, Exwick, Exeter, Devon, EX4 2FB
St Leonard’s (CofE) Primary School (VC)
St Leonard’s Road , Exeter , Devon , EX2 4NQ
St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School
Younghayes Road , Exeter , Devon, EX5 7DT
West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road , Exeter, Devon, EX2 9JU
White Rock Primary School
Davies Avenue, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7AW

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

We welcome candidates who have what it takes to become outstanding teachers. There are particular qualities that such teachers possess:

  • a passion for teaching
  • a desire to positively impact on children’s lives
  • an ability to form positive 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.
  • Trainees will complete a diagnostic maths skills test and then will undergo maths tuition at their own pace over the year in order to gain the expected standard of maths skills. Support is available in all curriculum areas as needed.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

We are 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. One of our great strengths is our ability to personalise training with a strong emphasis on work-life balance and 1:1 support.

We offer a rich experience, having a contrasting mixture of schools for placements, consisting of secondaries, around 70 primaries, a hospital school, special schools and an FE College. The primaries offer great diversity, from schools of less than 100 pupils to more than 600, from urban sites to small villages.

We demonstrate high employment rates and are recognised as providing well-trained, sought after ECTs.

We pride ourselves on training top quality teachers who:

  • put pupil progress at the heart of everything they do

  • continuously develop themselves using the principles of deliberate practice

  • root their classroom practice in up-to-date and relevant research.

The major benefit of this route is that Trainees have the opportunity, right from the start, to join an effective school and build practical experience. Trainees come together for the taught elements of the course each week, which is delivered by highly skilled current teachers who work in our excellent schools. A strong and supportive peer group develops, and life-long friendships are forged.

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

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, and 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.

Interview process

We carry out our interviews virtually to allow for a flexible process for all. If you would like a face-to-face meeting prior to your interview, we are able to meet in a safe way in our offices on request.

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
  • a reflection task
  • 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 along with useful support materials to help them make the most of their training year. We pride ourselves on communicating regularly with successful candidates so they quickly become 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 together with the opportunity to obtain further information about Exeter Consortium and our programmes. All candidates are offered feedback as soon as possible following interview.

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

We believe in creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all. We provide confidential information, guidance and support to students who have additional educational needs or disability, or a medical condition. Support for trainees was recognised as a strength of our partnership in our recent Ofsted inspection: ‘The personalised support that trainees receive means that trainees’ needs are met exceptionally well.’

All successful applicants to the programme will be taken through an occupational health check, so that we can 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 online resources, coloured paper and slides for students with dyslexia, offering additional planning support and considering the best placement schools to support students with accessibility issues and other disabilities. We offer additional coaching support for some trainees, nurture sessions to support in identified areas and will support schools in different ways in order to ensure that trainees have the best opportunities for success.

We have built wellbeing training into our programme as we believe this is important for all our trainees. We have several layers of tutor support to ensure trainees have a comprehensive support package. Trainees also have access to a confidential counselling service which also offers 24hr mental health support, legal, financial and other kinds of advice to assist trainees, whatever their needs.

Our trainees and ECTs consistently rate our pastoral support as excellent.

Contact this training provider

01392 927171
Exwick Heights Primary School
Exwick Lane

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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