Kernow Initial Teacher Education Primary (2J9V)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

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 and 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 who are undertaking the General Primary programme will train with our 3-7 Primary trainees and have specialist input from our EYS to KS2 colleagues. Their main ITT placements will be in KS1 & KS2 with an opportunity to look at EYS & Foundation later in the year.

The Qualification will be PGCE General Primary.

We are delivering the Primary PGCE in partnership with The University of Exeter

We closely adhere to the Exeter entry requirements for their PGCE courses along with the subject specific requirements. The University of Exeter has a general requirement of a degree classification of Upper Second (2:1). However a 2:2 will be considered. Please find the links below to the information on the Exeter website. (

School placements

KITE have a large number of primary partners allowing you to experience a wide range of educational contexts. Our primaries are in Rural, Coastal and urban settings and include academy chains, multi academy trusts, faith schools, EYS and KS1 only settings and KS2 settings and a through school KS2 – 5. In fact if there is a type of setting or leadership structure that you wish to experience you will find it within our alliance partners.

The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context. (1 x 2 terms, 1 x 1 term) There will also be opportunities to visit other primary settings and our secondary, FE & HE Specialist schools and pupil referral partners.

Our aim is for all of our trainees to be successful and with that in mind we take into consideration each individuals personal situation and endeavour to place them so that they have no more than a 40 minute journey to work.

Our current school direct trainees have already found themselves in the classroom, on the beach and receiving training in at least 4 different school settings. They have had the opportunity to attend Ofsted training, Guided reading and writing, First Aid, Child Protection and Assessment for Learning

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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).

Personal qualities

As a Primary teacher, you play an essential role in children’s development, making a lasting, positive impact on 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 energy, creativity, a thirst for learning and have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents. You will love the outdoors whatever the weather and be practical in your delivery, learn to work with a range of people from parents, teachers, other professionals & the community.

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 UCAS for consideration or contact us [] for more information.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,000

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 more information, please see our [Fees and finance]

About the training provider

KITE (formerly KTSA) brings together outstanding providers from all educational phases.

We can offer you the benefits of an experienced and supportive organisation, recently designated as one of 87 new national Teaching School Hubs, recognised for their excellence in providing ITT, Early Career support, Leadership Development and CPD. We are also a designated Associate Research School. We draw upon this expertise to deliver high quality training and support.

We have:

  • Schools experienced in delivering ITT, who have a passion for supporting new entrants into the profession.
  • a friendly, supportive organisation.

You will be part of an organisation that supports schools, trains future leaders, and engages in research. This opens further opportunities to widen our ITT School Direct trainees’ experiences. Our ITT programmes are demanding but, there’s still time to enjoy Cornwall.

A unique 3 programme offer

  • School Direct PGCE (non-salaried)
  • 1 yr. programmes in Primary 3-7, Primary 5-11, Primary with SEND.
  • An option to teach in a special school or APA.

Our pupils deserve the most talented and committed teachers, to help them to be the best they can be, this is where you come in.

We need you to:

*  Be passionate about teaching 
*  Want to make difference 
*  Be success focussed when presented with the most vulnerable, 
    challenging and ultimately rewarding pupils  
*  Be self-motivated, enthusiastic, resilient, compassionate and 

On completing your PGCE, SD programme, you gain credits towards your master’s degree. (You can continue later with OneCornwall TSH.)

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

We interview all our applicants in the school setting and our interviews will include

  • A tours of one of our schools
  • Formal interview with Teaching School representatives and a Senior school leader
  • Classroom experience
  • Teaching Episode
  • Literacy & Numeracy tests
  • An opportunity to meet previous trainees

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

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to

Student Support Services (

PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Consultant to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.

All trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider during the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. Occupational Health can recommend ‘Reasonable Adjustments’, which will be put into place by the provider, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

Plymouth Marjon We are very aware of, and sympathetic to, disabilities and different individual needs that the trainees may have and we work with our ITT partner to ensure that opportunities are the same for all. Disability and needs disclosure: If you have an illness or a disability which you think may benefit from support from the partnership, we encourage you to disclose this to your mentor. Disclosure is a personal preference and not compulsory but for your needs to be met you will need to declare them as we do not have access to this information otherwise. For further information, it is suggested that you contact the University Disability & Inclusion Advice Service (DIAS) in Student Support.

Contact this training provider

01637 477381
Early Career Development Centre
The Old Cricket Pavilion, Treninnick Hill

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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