Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Exeter Consortium Primary (3-7) (2TXN)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

Our Primary 3-7 programme (2TXN) 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 5-11 (2BKV). The training is entirely practitioner-led, designed and run by 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 the 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 EYFS and another in Key Stage 1 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 SEND 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

Exeter Consortium has a wide partnership of placement schools in Exeter, Plymouth and in rural and coastal communities across Devon and Somerset. This enables us to place trainees within easy travelling distance of home - we feel this is important to ensure trainee well-being and resilience and as part of our commitment to sustainability. It’s unusual for our trainees to spend more than thirty minutes travelling to placement.

When placing our trainees, we consider their location but we also make an effort to ensure a good match in ethos between the trainee and their host school. It’s important that trainees experience two contrasting placements to enable them to really discover the kind of school culture that suits them best.

As a school-centred route, we pride ourselves on ensuring our trainees spend as much time in school as possible, and focus their energies on teaching, not paperwork. After their Induction, trainees spend the first week of the term in school. This quick immersion into school life, integrated with training sessions at our training base, ensures trainees are able to swiftly start teaching under expert guidance, with time to reflect built into the programme.

You will be placed in a ‘home’ school, usually within EYFS, for the whole of the Autumn and Summer Terms, and a contrasting school for the Spring Term teaching within KS1. We also provide you with adjacent key stage experience. You have a school mentor and a visiting tutor to quality assure your placements.

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.

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 region 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

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 positiverelationships 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.

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 and to allow us to interview candidates from all over the world. If you would like a face-to-face meeting prior to your interview, we can meet in our offices on request. Once shortlisted, you will be invited to an online interview involving:

  • a short presentation – how would you teach an aspect of maths or English to a group of children?
  • a written task
  • a panel interview
  • a reflection task
  • a PGCE readiness task assessing your ability to read and write at Masters Level
  • opportunities to meet the core team and ask questions
  • an opportunity 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 can 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 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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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

At Exeter Consortium we are fully committed to meeting our Public Sector Equality Duty and believe that everyone stands to benefit when we embrace and value the diversity of thoughts, ideas and ways of working. We have a long history of accommodating trainees with a wide range of disabilities and other needs. Our recent Ofsted Inspection praised our programme as inclusive: ‘The personalised support that trainees receive means that trainees’ needs are met exceptionally well.’ Trainee well-being is at the heart of our vision for creating resilient teachers capable of managing their workload.

To that end, in the past we have successfully trained teachers who have learned strategies to manage their dyslexia, sensory impairments, colour-blindness as well as mobility issues whilst meeting the demands of classroom practice. Trainees are asked to discuss their needs during a health check before starting the course and this information is swiftly communicated to the course team. We offer additional planning support and coaching and consider the best placement schools to support students with accessibility issues and other disabilities. Our partnership with Bath Spa University is designed to support trainees with a range of needs and we have a differentiated programme of support tutorials, offering our trainees the help and guidance they need as individuals. Our trainees and ECTs consistently rate our pastoral support as excellent.

It’s important to us that our profession reflects the diversity of our community and that we establish a culture in which all are supported to succeed.

Contact this training provider

01392 927171
Exwick Heights Primary School
Exwick Lane

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022