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Devon Primary SCITT Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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

DPSCITT offers a 1 year Primary PGCE Programme with Qualified Teacher Status - carefully structured, through central and school-based training, to maximise learning. We were nominated SCITT & School Based Trainer of the Year in 2019.

Our Couse is constantly updated with Headteachers and School-based Tutors to ensure that it is ‘Inspirational, creative, innovative and transformational’ (Ofsted, 2016)

Relationships are key. Our ‘class-sized’ cohort brings a broad range of experiences, while everyone feels known and valued. Trainees are supported extremely well by school and centre-based staff, with a focus on personal wellbeing. Our friendly and approachable Director is available at the centre and in school for 1:1 discussions, and provides 24/7 support via phone and e-mail.

“Strong professional relationships lie at the heart of the high-quality training offered by the SCITT. Leaders possess a deep understanding of how teachers learn their craft. Their expert skills in training teachers have been honed through years of collaborative practice and rigorous self-evaluation.” (Ofsted, 2016)

Personalised and cohesive, the Course emphasises learning through dialogue and reflection on experience, linked to educational theory. Through interactive training and individual coaching, trainees are supported to develop their own teaching philosophies and identities. School-based tasks contextualise and extend the learning gained from each centre-based training session.

Centre-Based Training forms 25% of the Course - provided by exceptional national and local consultants, specialists and serving practitioners, all passionate about their subjects. Trainers inspire and encourage creative and dynamic approaches to the curriculum and to professional practice. Training sessions are multi-layered, with theoretical subject knowledge applied in group activities, and excellent teaching and assessment practice is modelled explicitly.

School-based training forms 75% of the Course - carefully planned to build confidence in teaching, develop understanding, and experience the wider role of a teacher. Specific tasks, linked to the centre-based training, include focused observations, reading, and teaching opportunities within your ‘home class’, and across the school. With daily and weekly support from your Class Teacher and School-based Tutor, these build towards blocked Teaching Practices each term.

Masters Credits are awarded for 2 of the 3 written Assignments, enabling you to relate theory to practice in SEND, Maths and Phonics. A further practical Assignment allows you to design and teach a creative, cross-curricular teaching sequence.

SEND Specialism There is an opportunity to complete the Spring term placement in a Special School, for those considering becoming a SENDCO or teaching within Specialist provision.

School placements

All our Partnership Schools have been selected for their commitment to developing children and adults, within an ethos of openness and collaboration.

We have a very good range of Partnership Schools across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, and are committed to organising both your placements in schools close to your home. If you have a preferred Key Stage, we ensure that you start the Course in this, and spend two of your three terms there. Also, as we know our schools and their staff well, we are able to consider your individual requirements, strengths and personalities when arranging placements.

In each of your placements, you will receive:

  • The regular support of your Class Teacher and School-based Tutor
  • Weekly Seminar Meetings to discuss, monitor and guide your training
  • Opportunities to observe and work alongside excellent practitioners
  • Professional guidance from key staff across the school
  • Opportunities to be involved in the wider life of the school community

You are welcomed into your ‘home’ school on the first day of term, where you will spend the Autumn and Summer Terms. In the Spring you transfer to your second placement, which will be in the alternative Key Stage and can, if you wish, be in a Special school.

Your School-based Tutor and coach will meet with you each week to coordinate and personalise your training, drawing on the expertise of all school staff.

Prior to your second placement, your ‘home’ School-based Tutor will meet with your next School-based Tutor to ensure a smooth transition. They will also visit you in your second placement. Before Easter, they will meet with you, and your Spring term School-based Tutor, to prepare your Summer term training programme.

Opportunities to observe and participate in the wider life of your placement schools, through staff and parent’s meetings, and other school events, mean you are fully prepared for your first teaching post.

“This Course has given me more than I ever felt it could. Now, not only do I have confidence in my teaching ability, I also have confidence in myself.” (Katie, former trainee)


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Appledore School
Richmond Road, Appledore, Bideford, EX39 1PF
Bidwell Brook School
Shinner’s Bridge, Totnes, TQ9 6JU
Bishopsteignton Primary School
Cockhaven Close, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, TQ14 9RJ
Chudleigh Community Primary School
Lawn Drive, Chudleigh, Newton Abbott, TQ13 0LS
Cockington Primary School
Old Mill Road, Cockington, Torquay, TQ2 6AP
Decoy Primary School
2 Deer Park Road, Newton Abbott, TQ12 1DH
Elburton Primary School
Haye Road South, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 8HJ
Ellen Tinkham School
Hollow Lane, Exeter, EX1 3RW
Exminster Community Primary School
Main Road, Exminster, Exeter, EX6 8AJ
Feniton Primary School
Station Road, Feniton, Honiton, EX14 3EA
Great Torrington Bluecoat CofE Primary School
Borough Road, Great Torrington, EX38 7NU
Honiton Primary School
Clapper Lane, Honiton, EX14 1QF
Kenton Primary School
Mamhead Road, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8LX
Landscore Primary School
Threshers, Crediton, EX17 3JH
Leigham Primary School
Cockington Close, Leigham, PL6 8RF
Lipson Vale Primary School
Bernice Terrace, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 7HW
Littletown Primary Academy
Honiton Bottom Road, Honiton, Devon, EX14 2EG
Main Site
c/o Trinity Primary School, Vernon Crescent, Exeter, EX2 7GB
Manor Primary School
Manor Way, Ivybridge, PL21 9BG
Newport Community School Primary Academy
Landkey Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9BW
Newton Poppleford Primary School
School Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 0EL
Ottery St Mary Primary School
Longdogs Lane, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1HY
Pilton Infants’ School
Abbey Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JU
Shaldon Primary School
9 Bridge Road, Shaldon, Devon, TQ14 0DD
South Brent Primary School
Totnes Road, South Brent, Devon, TQ10 9JN
South Molton Community Primary School
North Road, South Molton, EX36 3BA
St Martin’s CofE Primary School
Younghayes Road, Cranbrook, Exeter, EX5 7DT
St Michael’s CofE Primary Academy
South Lawn Terrace, Heavitree, Exeter, EX1 2SN
St Peter’s CofE Primary School
Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6QF
St Sidwell’s CofE Primary School
York Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PG
Sticklepath Community Primary Academy
Woodville, Barnstaple, EX31 2HH
Thornbury Primary School
Miller Way, Estover, PL6 8UL
Weston Mill Community Primary Academy
Ferndale Road, Plymouth, PL2 2EL
Withycombe Raleigh CofE Primary School
Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth, EX8 3BA
Woodlands Park Primary School
Abbott Road, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9TF

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Degree Candidates will need to hold a degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification.

GCSE At the time of application, candidates must have GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English, Mathematics and Science.

Personal qualities

We are keen to hear from people who enjoy children’s perspectives, want to make a real difference for them and have:

  • a passion for learning and teaching
  • an ability to build positive relationships with children and adults
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • a positive, creative and proactive approach
  • a commitment to collaboration and team-working
  • an ability to reflect on and analyse practice
  • an openness to advice and feedback
  • a desire to develop personally and professionally

Other requirements

Candidates are required to successfully complete the following before starting the programme:

  • A range of Safeguarding Checks regarding your suitability to work with young people, including an Enhanced DBS check
  • A fitness to teach medical declaration.

Fees and financial support

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

Tuition Fees are £9,250 for the year.

Financial support from the training provider

You can apply to the Student Loan Company for a Tuition Fee Loan and means tested maintenance loans.

DPSCITT has a small means tested bursary for Trainees on the programme that may experience financial difficulties during the year. Contact us if you wish to know more.

About the training provider

The Devon Primary SCITT provides high quality, personalised school-based training across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. We are a committed partnership of 50 primary and special schools, passionate about inspiring the next generation of outstanding teachers.
Our PGCE is validated by the University of Plymouth. We are very proud of our reputation for developing reflective teachers, with strong foundations for successful teaching careers. Our family ethos means we keep in touch with former trainees, many of whom are now Headteachers or Senior Leaders. What others say:

  • OFSTED judged us to be Outstanding in all 4 of our inspections (2003, 2006, 2009 & 2016). Their latest report commented on our “Outstanding personalised training, professional development and pastoral support” and our “dynamic training programme that is carefully tailored to meet the needs of each trainee and …. gives them the best possible start to their teaching career” (Ofsted, 2016)
  • NQTs ranked us as the Top Provider in the Country for overall quality of training in the last Government survey.
  • The “Good Teacher Training Guide” consistently ranks us in the Top 5 of National Training Providers. Our Employment rates are amongst the highest in the country. As part of the Devon Teaching School Partnership, we provide NQT and NPQ Leadership Programmes to further develop your career. At the heart of our Partnership and Programme is: * Children’s development and learning * Strong relationships and personal support * Cohesive and interactive training * Dialogue and individual coaching * Reflection and applied learning

Interview process

Up to six candidates are invited to each interview day. These take place at one of our Partnership Schools with the Director and Headteachers.

Interview days are informal and enjoyable, providing a range of opportunities for each candidate to demonstrate their skills and attributes. They are also designed to provide meaningful insights into the Course itself to enable you to make an informed choice.

Candidates will be invited to:

  • Lead a short teaching session with 6 children (prepared in advance).
  • Write a brief evaluation of the teaching session
  • Complete short Literacy and Maths papers
  • Collaborate in a discussion-based group task.
  • Participate in an informal interview.

During the day there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and gain a good understanding of our Course. You will also be able to meet current and former trainees over lunch to find out about it from their perspectives.

All candidates are offered detailed feedback following the interview, and individual Course Preparation Plans are provided for successful candidates.

“Fab interview process…Very open and friendly” “It was amazing to be part of the day in a school setting” “I really enjoyed the day and feel more confident in my choice of career” (Candidates at interview day)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We have extensive experience of supporting trainees with a range of physical and specific learning difficulties, ensuring that their individual needs are met. In addition to the time, resources and strategies provided by Course Tutors, trainees are encouraged to apply for the Disabled Student Allowance. This is used to fund further study support which is organised with external agencies. The Course is highly personalised and supportive. The Director, Course Tutors and School-based staff get to know each trainee very well, and catering for individual needs is a key strength of the Programme. “The pastoral and professional support of DPSCITT staff is amazing, and a stand out feature of the course.” (Alannah, former trainee) Regular 1:1 meetings are timetabled with the Director to discuss each trainee’s needs and wellbeing, and trainees are encouraged to seek further support when necessary. Each week, School-based Tutors provide quality time to support each trainee, planning and coordinating their individual training programme. “Learning Conversations, which adopt a coaching approach to trainees’ professional development, are at the heart of this outstanding training programme. Skilled DPSCITT and school-based staff ensure each conversation is personal to that trainee and focused on their specific learning successes and areas for development.” (Ofsted, 2016)

Contact this training provider

01392 790 164
c/o Trinity Primary School
Vernon Crescent

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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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 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021