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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our School Direct for General Primary (5-11) PGCE with QTS is delivered through the University of Exeter Distance Learning Programme.

Devon Hub | Okehampton Primary School

Okehampton Primary School provides our Devon Hub and is our overall lead for the primary programme. The course is delivered by outstanding primary teachers and specialists from Okehampton Primary and the wider Alliance. Trainees will spend one day a week at Okehampton Primary, taking part in training workshops which model the principles of effective teaching. Three days a week will be spent in your placement school, where you will be supported by a PST and gain first-hand experience of teaching. 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 Distance Learning programme. We can offer placements in a wide range of schools. To find out more about Okehampton Primary School click HERE

Plymouth Hub | Marine Primary Academy

Since September 2018 we have offered our successful School Direct for General Primary (5-11) PGCE with QTS through a new Plymouth Hub at Marine Academy Primary. This builds on the successful Okehampton Primary School model and combine elements of exemplary practice that earned Marine Academy Primary’s Outstanding status in 2015. To learn more click HERE

We also offer a 3-7 version of the programme for teachers wishing to focus on Reception and KS1.

School placements

Placement Options for Devon Hub

We have 60 primary schools in the wider Devon area, including Plymouth and Cornwall, offering placement options for applicants. To view a map of our member schools click HERE or see list HERE

Placement Options for Plymouth Hub

Marine Academy Primary works in partnership with a number of partner primary schools in Plymouth as well as the wider Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance network to ensure trainees have superb placement options. All of the trainees on the current programme are deployed within Plymouth.

How placements are decided

Lead schools will aim to best accommodate the applicant preferences over placement placement schools. This might be because of the need to be close to home. In some cases applicants want to train in a school where they have been a TA or had a similar role before. Whatever the reason, one of our first conversations with you will be ‘where do you want to undertake your main placement?’. Of course, we cannot guarantee that we can find the perfect match but our commitment is to try to find a school that matches your needs.

Placement Structure

Main placement: September-December + March-June Short, contrasting placement: January-February


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Marine Academy Plymouth
Trevithick Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, PL5 2AF
Okehampton Primary School
Glendale Road, Okehampton, Devon, EX201JB

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

-Graduate or equivalent status -The relevance of an Honours degree content to the chosen specialist subject(s) (current University of Exeter students are allowed to take up to 30 credits outside of their degree programme, some of which may strengthen an application for a PGCE) -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) if you are applying for Primary.

Other requirements

-Selection based on information provided on UCAS Teacher Training application -Selection based on successful interview -Medical report which is deemed satisfactory -Completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by University -It is University of Exeter’s policy that level 2 certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy is not acceptable as equivalent to GCSE English/Mathematics. -DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy/numeracy has been removed for 2020/21 entry onwards. Instead PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills. Further details are yet to be confirmed.

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

About the training provider

Dartmoor Training School Alliance (DTSA) is an alliance of primary and secondary schools servicing Devon and the wider area. If you are thinking about training to teach, we think we can offer you a superb range of inspiring courses. Whether you are a new graduate or you are considering a career change, our teacher training will equip you with the skills to be an outstanding teacher. DTSA is led by Okehampton College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We work in partnership with the University of Exeter, itself rated Outstanding. To find out more watch our video HERE and visit our web site HERE

There are many great reasons to train with us:

  • An outstanding partnership: Okehampton College and the University of Exeter offer trainees first class school placements and academic teaching.
  • With over 80 schools in our Alliance from the wider Devon area, including Cornwall and Plymouth, we offer trainees greater control over where they train.
  • Matching trainees to placement schools: every effort is made to match trainees to placement schools that will best develop their skills teacher
  • Support into employment: We recruit trainees with the view to support them, through workshops and mock interviews, to secure their first post. Trainees that go onto teach in local schools are supported through our wide range of NQT and other programmes.
  • 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

Applicants will be contacted by phone or email shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements.


Our interview process has moved online. To find out about the more about how we run interviews please click HERE

If you have limited access to a computer or other device or your wifi is not up to the demands of online meeting let us know and we can arrange an alternative format.

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 52341
Okehampton Community College
Mill Rd, Okehampton
EX20 1PW

Support and advice

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