Kernow Initial Teacher Education Primary (2J9V)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Kernow Initial Teacher Education (KITE) is an established Initial Teacher Education provider who works in partnership with the University of Exeter. KITE is based in the seaside town of Newquay (mid Cornwall) however, it works closely with a range of partner schools across all of Cornwall. Students are registered with the University of Exeter, however, they study in Cornwall.

KITE offer two programmes in partnership with the University of Exeter Primary (3-7) and General Primary (5-11). Successful trainees are awarded with PGCE QTS - Primary

Previous students report that they chose KITE as the cohort is often smaller in size, they feel extremely well supported both pastorally and professionally and because this is a school direct route, they get to spend 120 days training in school, alongside excellent practitioners. In addition to this, the tutors used to support the local training are current in their practice and are experts in their areas.

We are delivering the Primary PGCE in partnership with The University of Exeter, who are leaders in Initial Teacher Education, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (University of Exeter Ofsted report 2017) and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training in the most recent Good Teacher Training Guide (2017).

School placements

Kernow Initial Teacher Training are proudly part of Kernow Learning Trust which consists of 21 primary schools across Cornwall. KITE also work with a range of other partner schools who like Kernow Learning are fully committed to ‘growing their own teachers.’ The placement school’s that we use vary in size and are situated in a range of different communities.

During the academic year, students will be in school for a minimum of 120 days and will have two school placement schools over the year. The main placement will take place during the autumn term, and the summer term. The second placement will take place during the spring term. Students opting for the General Primary 5-11 programme will have one placement in Key Stage 1 and the other will be in Key Stage 2.

Students are placed with highly experienced colleagues who are dedicated to supporting and coaching student teachers. Students not only become part of the school community, but they become integral to the Kernow Learning family and it is this family that collectively ensures that all students are well supported and are confident and competent by the time they qualify.

It is anticipated that students will not have to travel more than 40 minutes to their placements, however, for most students travelling time is less.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, 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.

We accept equivalency tests from A Star Equivalency and (please do contact us for further guidance before signing up for an equivalency test as not all are accepted by the university).

Personal qualities

Everyone always remembers the teacher that made a real difference to them!

KITE are looking for applicants who are fully committed to improving the lives of all children and their families, from all backgrounds and experiences.

Applicants need to be hard working, self-motivated, energetic and have a great sense of humour; they need to have patience, excellent communication skills and can engage and support children in their learning and development.

Good time management, excellent organisational skills, and the ability to work at part of a team are essential.

Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, 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 at interview.

The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through ‘DfE Apply’ for consideration or contact KITE ( for more information.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,500

For more information, please see The University of Exeter, Fees and finance webpages.

Financial support from the training provider

All of our programmes are eligible for student loans and any applicable bursaries.

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

For The University of Exeter, Fees and finance please see webpages.

About the training provider

As a Primary teacher, you can play an essential role in children’s development. You’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and creativity, opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences, expanding their natural curiosity. Giving children the building blocks to provide firm foundations for lifelong learning.

You need to be able to work with a range of people from parents and teachers to professionals from other services as well as members of the community. You need to be energetic, creative, have a thirst for learning, love the outdoors whatever the weather and be practical in your delivery.

Trainees from all three routes will train alongside each other, however trainees on the 3-7 route (Exeter) and those that have opted for the SEN specialism will have some specialist training.

From September 2023, KITE, in partnership with Marjon university, will be offering a Primary teacher training programme, which specialises in Special Educational Needs (SEN). Successful trainees will be able to confidently teach in a mainstream or special school.

About the accredited body

At Exeter we have over 165 years of experience in Education. We offer a wide range of Teacher Training and postgraduate programmes, and are recognised as one of the top Education research schools in the country. We are:

  • 6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy
  • Ranked 3rd amongst university providers of initial teacher training in the Good Teaching Training Guide 2017
  • Recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding provider of Primary and Secondary teacher education
  • Top 125 in the world for Education

Interview process

The interview consists of: (i) A formal interview

(ii) A teaching activity – candidates will plan this at home, prior to the interview and then teach it to a small group

(iii) Completion of three timed tasks which includes maths, writing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar

Candidates should allow half a day for the interview process.

Candidates will also be required to bring to interview evidence of their qualifications and identification documents. (A list will be provided prior to 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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

For programmes with the University of Exeter, 2J9V & AK76

Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Study Zone, Students’ Guild Advice, Student Health Centre (GP services), and the Multifaith Chaplaincy team. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services

Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. The Occupational Health provider can recommend ‘Reasonable Adjustments’, which will be put into place by the provider, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

For programmes with the University of St Mark & St John

The University provides a confidential service of information, guidance and support to prospective students, relating to all forms of disability and medical conditions and specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia. They are able to advise you prior to applying and through the application process. Prospective students are encouraged to make early contact with the Disability Team and also to disclose their disability at the application stage.

All Marjon students who are eligible can apply for appropriate support from DIAS

Pre-entry information, advice and guidance For eligible students, guidance in applying for DSA’s (Disabled Students Allowances)

Appointments to meet individual support needs Arrangement of one to one support where funding permits specialist study tuition (for students with SpLDs and/or other communication disorders), non-medical assistance and specialist mentoring.

Contact this training provider

01637 477381
Kernow Learning MAT
The Old Cricket Pavilion, Treninnick Hill

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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