TEAM Academy Trust Primary (A298)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Trainees are based entirely in schools for the academic year. A programme of phase/subject specific training is designed and delivered by the lead school, and is linked to a Masters level programme provided by the university. This is comprised of two 30 credit modules delivered through the university’s electronic learning platform, and supported by seminars and/or tutorials. These modules are designed to develop understanding of core issues in education, and to support ability to engage with relevant research and link theory to practice. One day a week (or equivalent) is assigned to this distance study.

During the year, all trainees spend time in two schools, usually having one main ‘home’ school and a second ‘contrasting’ school. Lead schools decide the placement pattern, but the contrasting school experience will always last for a minimum of 6 weeks. One day a week (or equivalent) is assigned to distance study for the online Masters programme. Trainees follow the Exeter Model of initial teacher education.

Trainees are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans.

School placements

TEAM Multi Academy Trust is a Trust of 6 individual primary schools. Along with our TEAM schools we also partner with 7 other local primary schools offering a variety of experience and context. From 40-child village schools to 400-strong town schools. You will be placed in two schools with one main placement and a contrasting school experience with punctuates your training for a minimum 6 week period.

The schools that we work with are:

Pilton Bluecoat Academy, High Bickington Academy, Witheridge Academy, East the Water Primary School, Umberleigh Academy, Brayford Academy, Beaford Community Primary & Nursery School, Kingsacre Primary School, Woolacombe Primary School, Combe Martin Primary School, Georgeham Primary School, South Molton United Primary School and Lampard Community School.

You will be assigned a Lead Mentor and a Reflective Mentor. These will be teachers within the school who will help guide your practice and support your assignments. They are skilled and experienced teachers who are able to navigate your formative days of teaching and help develop you into a confident practitioner.

Your teaching practice will be a combination of observation, co-teaching, small group work and whole class teaching. Over time and as you develop your skillset, you will increase your teaching time to gain more experience, while being supported by your mentoring team. If you experience difficulty, a Lead Mentor who works as part of TEAM is available to share any concerns or to gain an external perspective. A tutor from the University of Exeter will support your school practice through visits, and there will be online support for the Master’s level assignments.

Each week has one ‘M day’ which is off site and for Master’s study. There is an additional afternoon each week out of school for CPD, delivered at High Bickington Community College by current teachers and specialists.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Beaford Community Primary & Nursery School
Beaford, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8LJ
Brayford Academy
Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 7QJ
Combe Martin Primary School
Hangman Path, Combe Martin, Devon, EX34 0DF
East The Water Community Primary School
Mines Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4BZ
Georgeham Church of England Primary School
Putsborough Road, Georgeham, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1JT
High Bickington Academy
High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9AY
Kingsacre Primary School
Greenacre, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1BQ
Pilton Bluecoat Academy
Abbey Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1JU
South Molton United Church of England Primary School
Exeter Road, South Molton, Devon, EX36 4EN
Team Academy Trust
Abbey Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1JU
The Lampard Community School
St Johns Lane, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9DD
Umberleigh Academy
Dorridge Hill, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9AD
Witheridge Academy
Fore Street, Witheridge, Devon, EX16 8AH
Woolacombe School
Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7BT

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.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Financial support from the training provider

The University of Exeter is offering a £520 bursary to all UK students studying for a PGCE with us in 2022/23, whose household income is £25,000 or less. There is no separate application procedure for this bursary. Instead, the University of Exeter makes an assessment using the household income information provided by the student’s funding body (e.g. Student Finance England). Students must make sure that they and their sponsor(s) have given consent for details of their application to be shared with the University of Exeter. This consent to share is requested during the application for financial support, but can be given at any time throughout the year by contacting their student funding body.

Students who have not applied for financial support, or who have applied but chosen not to be means tested, are unable to be considered for this bursary until they do.

About the training provider

TEAM Multi-Academy Trust is a collection of North Devon schools, led by research and inspired by children. We collaborate with schools beyond our Trust to provide trainees with a range of school placements and experiences to best equip them for working in a variety of settings.

Our belief is that prospective teachers need the best possible start to their career, and this can only be achieved through world-class training. We employ specialists who are not only experts in their field, but also demonstrate how academic principles apply to the reality of the classroom on a daily basis. The vast majority of our training comes from active teachers or those with very recent experience, which we see as fundamental to learning how theory shapes effective practice.

The schools we work with range from tiny, 40-child village schools, to town schools with more than 400 children on roll. We work closely with all schools to ensure mentoring is both practical and inspiring. We love teaching and we want you to love it, too.

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 are fully committed to working with all prospective teachers. Children and schools need diversity and we care deeply about supporting all trainees to realise an ambition of working in schools.

We have an excellent track record of supporting teachers with a range of disabilities, and welcome all conversations about how we can support you with bespoke plans to access any of our settings.

Contact this training provider

TEAM Academy Trust
Abbey Road
EX31 1JU

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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