Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership Primary (5-11) (AW48)

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


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

  • Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people?

  • Do you want to train with a Trust that prides itself on supporting and developing its staff?

  • Do you want the opportunity to gain practical experience in a range of diverse schools?

  • Do you want to make the best possible start to your career in teaching?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then read on!

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is pleased to lead the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership.

Our School Direct Primary (5-11 age range) PGCE with QTS course is delivered in partnership the University of Exeter Distance Learning Programme.

Okehampton Primary is our lead school for the primary programme.

Our primary education course is delivered by high experienced and knowledgeable primary teachers and specialists from Okehampton Primary and the wider partnership of schools in our Trust.

What does the course look like?

  • Trainees will spend one day a week at Okehampton Primary, taking part in training workshops which model the principles of effective teaching and learning and build on the University of Exeter programme.

  • Three days a week will be spent in your placement school, where you will be supported by a team of experienced teachers and gain first-hand teaching experience.

  • A fifth day will be allocated to completion of the PGCE element of the course, which is delivered by the University of Exeter through their online Distance Learning programme. This comprises of two 30 credit modules which are designed to develop your understanding of core issues in education.

During the year, all trainees will spend time in two schools. We offer placements in a wide range of schools; including the 13 primary schools within the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust.

To find out more about Okehampton Primary School click HERE

School placements

We aim to place trainees in schools across Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust or in one of the primary schools affiliated with Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership. We are proud to offer a diverse range of placement options including large schools, small village schools and church schools.

How placements are decided: We will aim to best accommodate the applicant’s preferences when allocating placement schools. There are 14 primary schools within the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust. We also work in partnership with other schools in the area. Although trainees are expected to travel to the schools with whom they have been matched, we endeavour to minimise travel distance where possible.

Placement Structure: School based training is an important part of our course. During the year you will work in 2 schools (a main placement and an ‘alternative placement’)

  • Main placement: September-December + March-June

  • Alternative 6-week placement: January-February

Placement Trainee Provision: During main and alternative placements, trainees will be allocated an experienced teacher to lead their training within the classroom. They will work alongside the teacher to plan, deliver and assess teaching and learning as well as gaining experience in all aspects of primary teaching.

Placement schools also provide a school-based mentor who will guide the trainee towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

In addition, Exeter University allocate a tutor to each trainee. The tutor visits trainees in school and provides support for the PGCE distance learning programme.

We also provide trainees with the opportunity to experience secondary teaching in one of our secondary Trust schools.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Okehampton Primary School
Glendale Road, Okehampton, Devon, EX201JB

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.

Other requirements

Whilst 2:1 is preferred, a 2:2 will be considered.

Entry is conditional on:

  • Graduate or equivalent status. An honours degree of 2:2 or above. Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above or equivalent (or for GCSEs taken from Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above)

  • Selection based on the information provided on the Teacher Training application

  • Selection based on a successful interview

  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory

  • Safer recruitment checks - A completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University

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 £19,500

About the training provider

Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is pleased to lead the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership. Working in collaboration with both the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marjon University, we have years of experience of offering a range high-quality primary teacher training routes – including tuition fee and employment based. Our programme nurtures the teachers of tomorrow and the leaders of the future.

We’re a forward-thinking family of 17 primary and secondary schools with over 5000 children and young people and over 720 staff. Our mission’s to provide the highest possible quality of education, so that all pupils, regardless of their background, are able to succeed and flourish. We’re committed to the development of all our staff; with opportunities for everyone connected to the Trust to grow and develop and therefore fulfil their ambitions. Learn more by visiting

There are many reasons to train with us:

  • We offer high quality placements and excellent taught provision; equipping you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience to make a positive start to your career.

  • Diverse range of placements. Within our Trust there are 14 primary schools. We also work in partnership with other schools in the area.

  • Every effort is made to match trainees to placement schools that will develop their skills as a teacher.

  • Guaranteed interview for Early Career Teacher positions within our Trust.

  • Values-centred training: We are passionately committed to the values of co-operative schools that put people at the centre of everything we do.

Interview process

Applications are reviewed by the Dartmoor Teacher Training Partnership and the University of Exeter. Applicants will be contacted by phone or email shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements.

Interviews are usually conducted at Okehampton Primary School. The 2-hour process consists of a panel interview, a teaching episode and a written task designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their aptitude for teaching.

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

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 web page HERE

PGCE trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact this training provider

01837 52866
Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
Mill Rd, Okehampton
EX20 1PW

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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022