Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance Primary (3-7) (AE64)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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

In the first term, while most days are spent in school, when, and how, you start teaching is carefully planned with your class teacher.

Some time is set aside for university-led training and home study towards a PGCE. You will complete two assignments 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, you will return to the your 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 the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1. 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.

As most of our trainees secure employment before the end of course, they enjoy being able 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 2:2 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.

We accept equivalency tests from A Star Equivalency and (please do contact the University of Exeter for further guidance before signing up for an equivalency test).

Personal qualities


  • Enthusiastic, driven and engaging?

  • A great team player?

  • Highly organised, reflective and committed to hard work?

  • Empathetic and resilient?


Other requirements

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

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 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,500

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.

About the accredited body

We are leaders in Initial Teacher Education, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (University of Exeter Ofsted report 2017) and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training in the most recent Good Teacher Training Guide (2017).

Interview process

Interview days are held from October to early summer and will typically include 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.

Although this is 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.

During the interview, there will be an opportunity 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 interview.

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 on the course may be used for marketing purposes.

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 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 YATTA and/or the University of Exeter.

Contact this training provider

YATTA (Fiveways School)
Victoria Road
BA21 5AZ

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).

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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