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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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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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.


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 2:1 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.

If you do not have the required pass at grade C/grade 4 in either GCSE English, Mathematics or Science, and are not able to gain this qualification before the start of the course, we will accept a Grade 4 pass in the English, Mathematics and Science equivalency tests offered by (please do contact the PGCE Admissions team 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

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 UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

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 wide partnership gives opportunities 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.

Our teacher training programme combines:

  • school based practice and reflection
  • academic on-line learning
  • face to face training events.

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 20 day 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

In addition, our trainees are students of the University of Exeter who award Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education to trainees on successful completion of the training year. Trainees are allocated a day each week for their academic studies with the university, studying at home or in school.

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.

Our trainees access online learning with Exeter for a one day familiarisation with the training model and 6 focused seminar days across the training year. Each term, the university visiting tutor meets with the trainee and their mentor.

University of Exeter website

Interview process

Applicants are invited to attend one of our assessment days. They are notified by email and letter, 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 the guidance require changes to this, 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. Places are often conditional as some applicants may be completing degrees or relevant qualifications. Also, all applicants must:

  • Complete a confidential medical questionnaire to ensure they are fit to teach
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services disclosure.

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

We work with our trainees as individuals in order to ensure they can access the programme and are effectively supported in school, whatever their needs. The trainees progress in school at their own pace.

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 Caseworker 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. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable

Contact this training provider

01305 833518
Westfield Arts College
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).

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