TADSS ITT Partnership Primary (2P2F)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The TADSS programme has 3 strands:

  • In-school experience with an experienced class teacher and mentor, working towards meeting the Teachers standards. Trainees are in school for a minimum of three days each week.
  • Academic study with the University of Exeter - while trainees are based in schools, they are registered with the University of Exeter. The 2 Masters modules; Subject and Curriculum Studies and Education and Professional Studies, are delivered by distance learning, through two online 30-credit modules, plus other online tools.
  • 20 day taught programme - this is held in Dorset and provides an opportunity for the trainees to come together. The programme is taught by leading classroom practitioners from across our partnership. Subjects include -
  • Safeguarding, code of conduct and safer working practices
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Classroom & behaviour management (including working together)
  • Planning and assessment
  • Support for applications and interviews
  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Special Educational Needs / Disability (SEND) - policy and practice
  • SEND – the Inclusive classroom
  • SEND – Role of SENCo-ordinator
  • SEND – Communication needs
  • SEND - Multi - Sensory Teaching and learning
  • Social Emotional Mental Health needs & Attachment
  • Special school experience
  • Early years’ experience - 1 day in host school or feeder nursery
  • Assessment for learning
  • History and Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Design Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Physical Education / Sport
  • Art, Music, Drama and Dance
  • Computing
  • English as an Additional Language
  • PSHE (British values & Diversity)

For the taught programme, the trainees come together in one of our partner schools which may involve some travel for the trainees. Previous trainees have told us that the taught course is a particular highlight of the programme.

To gain Qualified Teacher Status, our trainees gather the evidence that shows they met the teacher standards in both Key Stage 1 and 2. This is assessed by the University Visiting Tutor.

To be awarded a Post-Graduate certificate of Education, our trainees must reach the required level in their assignments.

School placements

Trainees on our programme complete 2 contrasting school placements in our partner first or primary schools. The main placement is for the Autumn and most of the Summer terms, with a contrasting placement in the Spring term. All our placements are with primary phase pupils.

As we have a broad partnership of nearly 50 schools we try to place our trainees within 30 minutes of their home address. We take the trainees experience into account when placing them to ensure they gain different experiences in their placements, including different key stages and contexts.

During the placement, the trainee works closely with their classroom teacher (their Lead Mentor) to develop their skills and experience. This is a very personalised experience. Each week a focus is agreed with the class teacher. Trainees meet with their Reflective Mentor once a month to review their evidence and experience.

They also meet regularly with their University Visiting Tutor.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bridport, Dorset, DT8 3HB
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2HH
Dorset, DT10 1EW
Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5AL
Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2SS

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 equivalencytesting.com (please do contact us for further guidance before signing up for an equivalency test).

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and agents of change.

Other requirements

We closely adhere to the University of Exeter entry requirements for PGCE courses. While the university has a general requirement of a degree classification of Upper Second (2:1), a 2:2 will also be considered.

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance during the assessment, 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.

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

Financial support from the training provider

For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages. This includes information on the Success for All fund which may support those who experience unexpected financial challenges.

About the training provider

TADSS ITT Partnership is a group of nearly 50 first, primary and special schools across Dorset. Our academic partner is the University of Exeter, a leader 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).

Our wide partnership gives opportunities for trainees to gain experience in coastal, rural or urban school settings, with trainees predominately placed within thirty minutes of home. Trainees can express a preference for placements in both mainstream and special schools.

We offer places for Primary phase teacher training in Dorset through the School Direct route into teaching. This means our trainees are mainly school based during their training year. The intensive and immersive classroom experience helps to build teaching skills, supported by an experienced classroom teacher and in-school mentor.

Alongside the practical experience, our trainees regularly come together for our taught programme. This covers all aspects of teaching and learning, and of the curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on understanding special educational needs and positive behaviour management. The programme is designed and led by outstanding school practitioners, giving trainee teachers practical training and advice based on classroom experience.

About the accredited body

We partner with the University of Exeter to provide the School Direct fee paying distance learning programme. The university are leaders in Initial Teacher Education, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.

University of Exeter website

Interview process

Applicants are invited to attend one of our assessment days. They are notified by email, with details of the assessment process. Usually, the assessment sessions are held in one of our partner schools.

There are 3 elements to the assessment day:

  • Plan and deliver a short activity with a group of children (usually 6 - 8 pupils of mixed ability)
  • A reflective written activity on an aspect of teaching and learning
  • An interview with a representative from TADSS and the head teacher of the hosting school.

Should new guidance require it, we will change the assessment process to an online activity which encompasses as much of the above as possible.

The offer of a place is made to the applicant through UCAS by the University of Exeter. In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment, a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure and satisfactory references.

Although not essential, it would be advantageous to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at 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

The University of 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 (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/students/newstudents/supportandservices/studentservicesdirectory/).

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.

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.

Contact this training provider

01305 833518
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Littlemoor Road

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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