Ventrus Teaching School Alliance
Primary (32VP)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Somerset SCITT Consortium
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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our schools direct route offers school experience from day 1. Gain an in-depth understanding of how young children aged 5–11 think, develop and learn. We offer two contrasting placement schools during the programme where you will combine practical, real-world learning with the study of children’s communication, thinking and relationships. Supported by our inspirational staff, you will satisfy the standards for qualified teacher status and start your journey to becoming an outstanding primary school teacher.

The placements in school are enriched with specific face to face training days at Somerset SCITT Trainees will study the following topic areas:

  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice.
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Subject Specialist Research
  • Global Dimensions
  • Foundation Studies As well as the above we offer the following conference themes:
  • Learning without Limits
  • Psychologies/EAL
  • Behaviour
  • Teaching cross curricular English with a global dimension.

This makes our course a blend of focused ‘in school experience’ and time away from the classroom to complete specific study areas; thus giving students time and space to reflect, share and learn form each others experiences in a variety of school settings. Ventrus also offer study days to support crucial assessment periods.

Interview process

If an applicant is successfully shortlisted they will be invited to attend a virtual interview which comprises of 3 components:

  • Presentation
  • Formal Interview with members of the ITT team
  • Book Activity - pre set task

We work hard to make sure our interview process is accessible to all potential students.

We believe strongly that the interview process is ‘two way’ and we aim to provide our potential students with direct opportunities to interview us as a provider and organisation so that they are able to make informed decisions about whether we offer the what they are seeking. We appreciate that the section of the right training provider is a crucial and important decision.

How school placements work

The programme will allow you to spend time in two main placements both different in their context.

The two placements will be focused on different Key Stage experiences and will be in different schools in the partnership

Primary trainees have specialist input from our EYS to KS2 colleagues.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

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.



Qualifications The mandatory entry requirements for this programme are:

  • A UK full degree or equivalent.
  • GCSE in English Language, Maths and Science Grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

We will require to see original certificates.

Personal qualities

We are looking for students with the potential to become excellent teachers through drive, passion and the ability to be critically reflective.

Students who are excited and motivated by primary age children and have a clear interest in primary education is a must!

Life experience is welcomed alongside successful academic achievement.

Other requirements

Other requirements Additional mandatory requirements are:

  • DBS Check
  • Health check
  • Proof of Identification

About the training provider

Ventrus is a dynamic and exciting group of schools that puts learning and people development at its core. We believe in investing in our staff to become great teachers who in turn provide the very best for the pupils in our care.

We are a large group of 15 primary schools and a large Community College situated across Devon. We offer a rich diversity of training settings from small rural village schools to large City schools, from South Brent near Plymouth, Exeter and surrounding area, Tiverton, Bickleigh, Sidbury, Hemyock and Barnstaple. We work closely with both Plymouth and Exeter University.

Ventrus Teaching School collaborates with a number of South West partner organisations with a proven track record of;

  • excellent school to school support
  • rich CPD
  • leadership training for all career stages.

We have considerable expertise and success in ITT. Last year 100% of our students achieved QTS and secured teaching positions.

Our partner provider for our School Direct placements is Somerset SCITT, an OFSTED rated OUTSTANDING provider, with whom we have a long and established relationship of quality training.

Ventrus has developed strong and exciting school networks to support our early career teachers as well as provide leadership pathways to middle and senior posts, being committed to supporting our trainees beyond their PGCE year.

We pride ourselves on nurturing supportive and exciting pathways into teaching and knowing our students and individuals. We are a ‘can do’ organisation offering you the best start to your career into the best profession ever!

About the accredited body

Somerset SCITT’s partnership with the University of Worcester has grown and developed since 1997, providing high quality, local teacher training to benefit the education of young people across the Southwest. In 2017 Somerset SCITT was awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (in all areas).

Our ethos is:

  • To contribute to the quality and status of the teaching profession by training effective teachers
  • To encourage trainees to explore their training as a basis for their continuing professional development.
  • To help Trainees become familiar with a range of professional and educational issues by applying their growing knowledge and skills in a practical and supportive environment.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome all students whatever your needs and will work with you and support you fully as an individual to achieve your best outcomes whilst training to be a teacher.

Teachers with disabilities, make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of the schools they work in. We value diversity and the unique contribution that all their staff and trainees bring. If you have a disability, you shouldn’t be dissuaded from applying – we’ve put together some information on the support available while you train to teach.

It’s a personal choice if you want to inform your school and/or university of your disability. The advantage of disclosure is that it enables support and reasonable adjustments to be put in place. In addition, specialist equipment, extra funding and support, can help you achieve your ambition of becoming a teacher.

The Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, requires teacher training providers to ensure they are not discriminating against applicants with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). We comply fully with this legislation

The Equality Act 2010 also sets out that disability is a ‘protected characteristic’. This means we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments. Common reasonable adjustments include:

making modifications to buildings where possible offering flexible working hours providing specialist equipment

Contact details

01392 256020
Woodwater Academy
Woodwater Lane


Apply for this course

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Bowley Meadow, Townlands, Exeter, Devon, EX5 4RF
Yes -

Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

Get support and advice about teaching

Register with Get Into Teaching, the Department for Education’s free support and advice service, for personalised guidance from teaching experts. They can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events. You can also call them free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service, from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Website support

If you have feedback or have had a problem using Find postgraduate teacher training you can contact us by email.

Is there something wrong with this page?

If there is something wrong with this course listing, contact us by email.