Exeter Consortium
Primary (5-11) (3FDY)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
South West Teacher Training
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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 salaried programme (3FDY) provides an internationally respected route into a career in teaching, with tuition fees paid for you and the opportunity to earn a salary while you train. You will be well prepared to teach across the full primary range. We will provide:

  • Excellent innovative, research-informed teaching from Senior Leaders
  • 60 credits at Masters level
  • A main placement in Key Stage 1 or 2 and a four week contrasting placement in a different school in the opposite Key Stage.
  • Personalised levels of academic and teaching support from University tutors and school mentors
  • Support for your NQT year 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. Salaried trainees are supported in schools by a mentor and also by a Professional Visiting Tutor who ensures they are well supported. Our training 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 'Employing School' where you are based for the year, apart from a four week block in a different key stage at a partner school. You will spend much more time in school compared to conventional PGCE programmes. As an experienced practitioner already, with the support of your employing school, you will have your own class from the start of September, with a mentor supporting you with a personalised programme of support. 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. Built into our programme is a focus on wellbeing; our cohort is kept small purposefully, so we can offer personalised 1:1 support throughout the year.

Interview process

Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the office by 'phone or email and are welcome to meet informally with an adviser before submitting an application. Interviews are held in one of our schools by the Headteacher (or Deputy) and one of our advisers, and include:

  • A welcome and introduction with a tour of the school
  • A short teaching experience (prepared in advance)
  • A brief and fun group task
  • An informal interview We are committed to making interviews as stress-free as possible - recognising how challenging they can be! We find that candidates do really enjoy the event, finding out more about us and our programmes in a relaxed and informal setting. One applicant said "The interview process for the Exeter Consortium PGCE was such an enjoyable day. We were welcomed with tea and coffee and given a moment to meet everyone before the day begun. It was a great mix of interview combined with a workshop, and it's that kind of organisation that made me feel the most comfortable. It was an opportunity for me to show my best without showing off. The overall feeling of the day was that Exeter Consortium wanted to meet ME for the skills that I had and not just another candidate to recruit." All candidates are offered feedback as soon as possible following the interview. Successful candidates are then greeted with a Welcome Pack which helps them through preparations required to start the course.

How school placements work

You will be placed within your Employing School for the whole year, except for the 4 week contrasting placement in a different partner school. This will be arranged in close consultation with your school, so that your training needs are met whilst also causing the least disruption to your class and school. If desired, we can give you a taster experience of a secondary school also.
Exeter is relatively compact, and trainees can easily engage with all of the schools across the city conveniently, without having to make long journeys. We make every effort to try to place trainees within schools that are accessible for their circumstances and which also meet their needs. 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, allowing you to see a diverse range of settings. Salaried trainees work with their school to decide which aspects of the taught programme they will need to attend. Some aspects may already be covered by previous CPD within their schools or by planned in-school training. 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 teacher training in Exeter is clear affirmation of the vision and hard work of our partner schools!


You will be paid by your Employing School who will determine your salary using the unqualified teachers' pay scales.

Your school is given funding from the Consortium in order to pay to release you from class to attend training and to support your mentoring.

Your tuition fees will be paid for you.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



  • 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

  • Your Employing School need to support your training. You must have proven experience of planning and teaching within the appropriate phase.
  • A satisfactory DBS enhanced check *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 has been removed for 2020/21 entry. Trainees will be benchmarked during training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills.

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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