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Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance Primary (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (2RCL)

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

This innovative and highly regarded course follows our mainstream primary course (see Course Code 22JX for details) but with the additional benefit of specialising in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The SEND specialism is suitable for all applicants interested in special education, whether seeking a special school teaching career or one in a mainstream primary school. Under the expertise of SEND professionals, the programme has been carefully designed to support all trainees to become the best teacher they can possibly be when responding to the learning needs of every individual in their class, regardless of setting.

Trainees on this route receive additional training, led by experienced practitioners in SEND, as well as having the valuable experience of having the spring term in a special school or school with a specialist provision. This offers valuable, first hand teaching experience within a wide spectrum of special educational needs, which may include profound and multiple learning difficulties, autism or additional complex needs.

SEND taught days cover a range of topics such as the following:

  • SEND Code of Practice
  • Working with SENCOs
  • Social, Emotional, Mental Health
  • ASD & structured teaching
  • SEND classroom behaviour management strategies
  • Multi-sensory teaching & learning
  • Working with others: a collaborative approach
  • SEND planning and assessment
  • Pupils with complex difficulties whose behaviour challenges
  • Medical and physical needs
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Communication and interaction
  • Introduction to signing
  • Leading a class team
  • Special school comparison visits

Trainees on this specialism undertake the same course work as those on the Primary PGCE programme; however, where applicable, work and assignments may have a SEND focus.

(Please note: in the unlikely event of a trainee not making the expected level of progress in mainstream practice, they may be required to transfer to the primary course (22JX), without SEND specialism, in order to meet statutory Initial Teacher Training Criteria.)

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 (including additional training sessions in SEND), the majority of your time with us will be spent learning in our partnership schools.

In the autumn and summer terms, you will have mainstream teaching experience, with placements in Key Stages 1 and 2, in a school located in and around the Yeovil area.

In the spring term, it may be necessary to travel a little further afield for your special school placement. Special schools within our partnership are located in the following towns:

  • Frome
  • Bridgwater
  • Taunton
  • Street
  • Yeovil

Within the constraints of the statutory ITT Criteria, we endeavour to take into account the distance between home and school when organising all 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

HAVE YOU a real desire to improve positive outcomes for children with SEND through high quality teaching and learning?


  • Enthusiastic, driven and engaging?

  • A great team player?

  • Highly organised, reflective and committed to hard work?

  • Empathetic and resilient?


Other requirements

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

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

You will need to be able to demonstrate your understanding of educating children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and show some awareness of the current educational landscape.

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 in Yeovil at Huish Primary School ,in the morning, and Fiveways Special School, in the afternoon.

(Please note: candidates for the Primary with SEND course will be short-listed at lunchtime and only those who remain under consideration will be asked to attend the afternoon session).

The day includes a range of activities designed to assess your aptitude for teaching in both settings; 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 us being the right course for you!

NB: Candidates who show good potential for primary teaching, but have not sufficiently demonstrated suitability for the SEND specialism, could still be offered a place on the mainstream Primary 5-11 course (22JX).

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

Please note:

  • Candidates invited for interview will be notified first via UCAS and then receive further details by email.

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

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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