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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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 programme runs up to the end of the school year, with the aim of giving you extra value from the course fee.

As most of our trainees secure employment before the end of the taught programme, they are free to transfer to their employing school during the final 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

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.

All equivalency enquiries must be directed to the University of Exeter.

Personal qualities


  • Enthusiastic, driven and engaging?

  • A great team player?

  • Highly organised, reflective and committed to hard work?

  • Empathetic and resilient?


Other requirements

While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through the DfE Apply system for consideration..

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview and a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and DBS enhanced disclosure. 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

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

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 webpages (

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.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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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