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Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance Primary (5-11) (22JX)

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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Following a ‘Welcome & Induction Day’, main school placements start on the first day of the new school year.

In the first term, approximately three days every week are spent in school although when, and how, you start teaching is carefully planned with your class teacher.

Further time is set aside for university-led training and home study towards a PGCE. You will complete two assignments (approximately 7500 words each) and produce evidence-based work for a training file. In addition to support from your placement school, you will have termly tutor visits to help ensure you are on track.

Time is also dedicated to learning with your fellow trainees on our bespoke taught programme, covering a range of key curriculum areas and aspects of school life. This also provides a valuable opportunity to come together as a group and share learning experiences.

Following Christmas, you will undertake a shorter teaching placement in a school that contrasts with your main one. After approximately ten weeks, trainees return to their main placement. By the summer, the PGCE study will have been completed, allowing more time to hone school practice and consolidate teaching skills.

Here, at Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance, we are very proud of our reputation as a quality provider of ITT; we really value the close working relationship we have with all our trainees and partnership schools. If you want a course with a proven track record of trainee satisfaction, excellent prospects for teaching within the area and one that doesn’t involve long distance travel, then this is probably the one for you!

What our trainees say about us:

‘Choosing which ITT course to do is mind boggling…but I’m so glad I chose this one!’

‘The taught programme was invaluable and really helped me reflect on and develop my own practice.’

‘I loved my placement school and felt like a member of staff from day one!’

‘The support I received throughout my course was fantastic.’

We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you to find out more about us, either by viewing our website, emailing us, or paying us a visit.

School placements

With the exception of approximately 60 days set aside for university-led training, home study towards your PGCE and our weekly taught programme, the majority of your time with us will be spent learning in our partnership schools. You will work in two different schools, providing contrasting contexts, and gain teaching experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Within the constraints of the statutory ITT Criteria, we endeavour to take into account the distance between home and school when organising placements.

Our trainees tell us, by being in schools from the very beginning of the autumn term, they quickly settle and establish themselves as part of the teaching team. Unlike many other ITT providers, our course runs right up to the last day of the school year, with the aim of giving you as much experience as possible and getting extra value from the course fee.

As most of our trainees secure employment before the end of the course, they have the option to transfer to their new school during the latter part of the summer term, offering the opportunity to settle in and prepare for having a class of their very own!

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

The entry requirements for this course:

  • a 2:1 or above in your first degree. (Candidates with a 2:2 classification may still be considered if their potential and aptitude for primary teaching is sufficiently demonstrated on application and at interview.);

  • passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above or equivalent

For all enquiries about entry requirements, please contact University of Exeter PGCE Admissions Team

Personal qualities


  • Enthusiastic, driven and engaging?

  • A great team player?

  • Highly organised, reflective and committed to hard work?

  • Empathetic and resilient?


Other requirements

Selection is also based on the following:

  • information provided on your teacher training application;

  • performance at interview;

  • a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and DBS enhanced disclosure.

At interview, you will need to demonstrate some awareness of the current educational landscape and it will be advantageous to reflect on any experience you have of working with children and young people.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £19,500

Financial support from the training provider

For further information. please contact University of Exeter Fees and Finance

About the training provider

Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance (YATTA) lead innovative school-led initial teacher training programmes, combining expertise from both special education and mainstream primary.

We enjoy a strong and well-established ITT partnership, which includes an excellent track record of trainees gaining employment before the end of the course, and are very proud to have among our trainees those who have received the prestigious Ted Wragg Award, given in recognition of outstanding contribution and achievement.

Trainees undertake placements within a valued partnership of highly regarded Somerset schools, providing a range of contrasting experiences and opportunities to learn and teach alongside excellent teachers, and gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

Trainees also qualify with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCE), accredited by the University of Exeter.

Trainees on this course also benefit from the following:

  • Bespoke, curriculum training programmes, covering a wide range of curricular areas and led by experienced practitioners;

  • Local teaching placements and designated time to study from home, with only limited requirement to attend university or college;

  • A personal approach with full pastoral support and direct access to Programme Leaders;

  • Support with securing a first teaching post, including training for interviews;

  • Enhanced opportunities for interviews when applying for teaching posts within partnership schools;

  • Full support from the University of Exeter, including personal tutor and access to library resources/online learning materials.

Interview process

Interview days are typically held from October to early summer at Huish Primary School in Yeovil. The day typically includes a range of activities designed to assess your aptitude for teaching; however, we aim to make the experience as relaxed as possible so that you perform your best without nerves getting in the way.

During the day, there will be plenty of time to find out more about us and ask questions. We not only recognise the importance of you being the right trainee for us, but also of this being the right course for you!

We aim to let candidates know whether or not they have been successful as soon as possible following their recruitment day.

Please note:

  • Data Sharing (GDPR) – Personal data provided will only be disclosed to relevant staff within Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance as necessary.

  • Photographs featuring trainees may be used for marketing purposes.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We offer a fully inclusive training programme and applications are welcomed from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

For trainees requiring support with subject knowledge, support plans in English and mathematics are provided. The programme endeavours to support individual needs accordingly.

Should you wish to discuss your particular needs, prior to application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Additionally, trainees can access the comprehensive student services provided by the University of Exeter. Services include:

  • AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams;

  • Student Learning Skills Service;

  • Student Advice Unit and Counselling Service;

  • Students’ Union Advisors;

  • Student Health Centre and Family Centre;

  • Chaplaincy team.

For further information, please contact University of Exeter Student Support Service

Contact this training provider

YATTA (Fiveways School)
Victoria Road
BA21 5AZ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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