Devon Moorland Schools Partnership Primary (348S)

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

Accredited body
Plymouth Marjon University
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 Moorland School Partnership (MSP) provides a unique opportunity to learn from a wide range of schools with excellent practice and expertise. What we can offer you

  • Outstanding training for trainee teachers in a range of contexts.

    • Shared exceptional practice and specific expertise across the schools.
    • Outstanding teachers as experienced trained mentors with rigorous training.
    • Contrasting settings to ensure breadth of experience for trainees.
    • A wealth of experience in coaching and deep mentoring available within the partnership.
    • Working in partnership with University of St. Mark and St. John to support trainee teachers for excellence.
    • Ensuring that trainees reach their full potential in aspiring to become outstanding teachers.
    • Moorland School Partnership is committed to innovative, systematic collaboration where best practice can be shared and benefit all.
    • Plymouth Marjon University is celebrating 180 years of teacher training and is still dedicated to preparing the next generation of teachers for the best profession in the world.

Our University led and school led programmes are designed to train trainee teachers to become highly reflective teachers. The Guardian ranks us 6th best university in the UK for education courses, out of 80 universities, and 1st in Devon and Cornwall. At Plymouth Marjon learning and teaching is underpinned by research, policy and practice. The Complete University Guide 2021 No. 1 in England for student satisfaction. and the National student survey 2021 ranks us as number 1 in England for Learning Community

Vision of Excellence: We will build on a unique and long standing heritage through the development of a values-based collaborative partnership that ensures excellent outcomes for pupils, trainees and teachers.

Plymouth Marjon is a small university with a green and spacious campus, and world-class facilities in a spectacular part of the world. With strong support and an ambitious community, its students achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Complete University guide 2019 stated ‘Plymouth Marjon University has long-established expertise in teacher training reflected in the numbers of postgraduate students choosing to study at the university.’

The University’s aim is to support you during your NQT period and beyond. Leo Data 2018 shows Marjon teachers are 6th highest earners in England and Wales 5 years after qualifying, showing they are not just job ready but also promotion ready.

School placements

Our training programme is supported in schools by experienced and expert staff, who are also outstanding practitioners.

Aims of the course: To provide outstanding training for a Post Graduation Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status. To prepare teachers of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge needed to provide challenging and engaging learners. Each School Direct trainee will undertake two placements, a longer placement starting in their ‘home school’ and a second shorter placement usually taking place in one of our other partner schools.

Partnership Schools: St. Andrew’s C.E. (Aided) Primary School (Lead School) Gulworthy Primary School Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary School Milton Abbot Primary School Lamerton Primary School

For further details of the scheme please contact

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.

Personal qualities

Enthusiastic, independent, resilient and motivated graduates who will:

Have a demonstrable rapport with children and an enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of our children.

Fully endorse the ethos and values of the partnership and individual schools in developing the ‘whole child’.

Be committed to becoming an outstanding teacher by responding to the opportunities available.

Be responsible for your own learning and deepening of knowledge to develop understanding of how children learn, from national and international research.

Fully embrace professional standards, including becoming a key member of our team to embrace the wider life of the school.

Other requirements

All applicants will be subject to suitability checks. This includes a full enhanced disclosure and barring check for child and adult workforce, as well as clearance by your HEI Link Occupational Health department.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Your tuition fees are paid to our link HEI. The current tuition fees for this programme are £9,250, however funding and bursaries may be available.

About the training provider

Our Moorland School Partnership (MSP) are recruiting students to train in our many schools. We are also part of a wider network of schools across Devon, Plymouth and Europe as part of Erasmus+. St Andrew’s C.E. (Aided) Primary School is situated in the centre of the picturesque village of Buckland Monachorum, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Our aim is to provide a living, Christian school environment, where the full potential of each child is realised through personal, social, academic and spiritual development. ‘Learning together what is good and right.’ Job 34: 4 We are a Church of England School that is required to be distinctly Christian and inclusive. This means that we welcome those who have a Christian faith, those who have no faith and those of other faiths. Our core Christian values are embedded at the heart of the school and this has a positive effect on children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning and the relationships of pupils and adults in the school.

At St Andrew’s we believe that character education is about devel-oping people who can flourish in all areas of their lives and for this reason our values are taught with a coherent and rigorous sense of purpose based on a firm Christian foundation.

Interview process

If you are invited for interview you will receive full details of what will be expected of you in a letter of invitation. We work closely with our HEI link partner in the selection process. You will be expected to be familiar with key issues and developments in primary schools - especially those in your subject area. It will help you to read the educational press and to talk to teachers and those currently undertaking teacher training. Our interview procedure is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the School Direct places available.

You will have the opportunity to spend time in one of our schools during the interview day to get a flavour of our partnership and the ethos of the school

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

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs and with our HEI partners make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the training programme is accessible to all. Please find detailed information about the support we provide in conjunction with our HEI partner below. University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) :(—inclusion-advice-service/)

Contact this training provider

01822 853153
St. Andrew's C.E. (Aided) Primary
Buckland Monachorum
PL20 7NA

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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