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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

DPSCITT offers a 1 year Primary PGCE Programme with Qualified Teacher Status, and optional Masters Credits.

We are a partnership of 50 primary and special school across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay who are passionate about inspiring and developing reflective, creative, and resilient teachers. Our course has been described by Ofsted as “inspirational, creative and innovative” providing trainees with “the best possible start to their teaching career.” (Ofsted,2016)

Relationships are key, and 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. Also, our friendly Personal Tutors are available at the centre and in school for 1:1 discussions and provide regular support via phone and e-mail.

According to one former trainee: “If you want a teaching course that’s inclusive, supportive, loving and full of kindness, then this is the only course you need to apply for!”

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.

The structure and quality of the training ensure that “trainees feel confident and very well prepared to start their early careers” (External Examiner). As one former trainee put it: “When I started my first day as a ‘real’ teacher, the course made me feel so well prepared for the moment the children walked through the door”.

Centre-based Training forms 25% of the course and is provided by exceptional national and local consultants, specialists and serving practitioners. Trainees apply and discuss theory and pedagogy in small groups, and excellent teaching and assessment practice is modelled explicitly.

School-based Training forms 75% of the course and is carefully planned to build confidence in teaching, develop understanding, and experience the wider role of a teacher. Trainees learn from experienced staff across their placement schools and receive daily and weekly support from their Class Teachers and an expert School-based Tutor.

Trainees are assessed through three teaching practice blocks, and assignments focused on SEND, Maths and Phonics. A further practical Assignment allows trainees to design and teach a creative, cross-curricular teaching sequence.

SEND Specialism: Trainees considering teaching within specialist provision have the opportunity to complete their Spring term placement in a Special School.

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 wide 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, such that two of your three terms are spent within this Key Stage. 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 School-based Tutor and your Class Teacher
  • 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 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 meets with you each week to support, coordinate and personalise your training, drawing on the expertise of all school staff.

Prior to your second placement, your first School-based Tutor meets with your next one to draft a personal action plan for you, ensuring a smooth transition. Before Easter, both your School-based Tutors meet together with you to prepare your Summer term action plan to ensure continuity and maximise your learning.

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
Bishops Tawton Primary School
School Lane, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 0AE
Bishopsteignton Primary School
Cockhaven Close, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, TQ14 9RJ
Bradley Barton Primary School & Nursery
Ogwell Mill Road , Bradley Barton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 1PR
Chudleigh Community Primary School
Lawn Drive, Chudleigh, Newton Abbott, TQ13 0LS
Collaton St. Mary C of E Primary School
Blagdon Road, Paignton, Devon , TQ3 3YA
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
Illfracombe Junior School
Princess Avenue, Illfracombe, Devon, EX34 9LW
Kenn C of E Primary School
Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7TX
Kenton Primary School
Mamhead Road, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8LX
Landkey Primary School
Bakery Way, Landkey, Nr Barstaple, Devon, EX32 0LJ
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, Exeter, EX2 7GB
Manor Primary School
Manor Way, Ivybridge, PL21 9BG
Marwood School
1 Whiddon Lane, Muddiford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4HF
Newport Community School Primary Academy
Landkey Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9BW
Newton Poppleford Primary School
School Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 0EL
Oakwood Primary Academy
Pendeen Crescent, Southway, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 6QS
Ottery St Mary Primary School
Longdogs Lane, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1HY
Pathfield School
Abbey Road, Pilton, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1JU
Pilton Infants’ School
Abbey Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JU
Riverside Community Primary School
Poole Park Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 1DD
Roselands Primary School
Lynmouth Avenue , Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7RQ
Sandford School
Sandford, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4NE
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
The Topsham School
Orchard Way, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0DN
Thornbury Primary School
Miller Way, Estover, PL6 8UL
Tipton St. John C of E Primary School
Sidmouth, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0AG
Trinity CofE VA Primary & Nursery School
Fish Street, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7TR
Weston Mill Community Primary Academy
Ferndale Road, Plymouth, PL2 2EL
Widey Court Primary School
Widey Lane, Crownhill, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 5JS
Willowbrook School and Nursery
Summer Lane, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8NN
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

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third 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 science.

We accept online equivalency tests for 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 2023 to 2024 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 loan.

DPSCITT has a small means tested bursary for trainees on the programme who experience financial difficulties during the year. Please contact us if you wish to know more.

We are a non-profit making organisation. Your money therefore is spent entirely on providing you with outstanding training.

About the training provider

Devon Primary SCITT provides outstanding personalised school-based training across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. Founded in 2000, we are a very committed partnership of 50 primary and special schools, passionate about inspiring the next generation of reflective, creative and resilient teachers.

We are extremely proud of our reputation for developing successful teachers, with strong foundations for fulfilling teaching careers. Our family ethos means that we keep in touch with former trainees, many of whom are now Headteachers or Senior Leaders.

At the heart of our Partnership and course is our focus on:

  • Children’s development and learning
  • Strong relationships and personal support
  • Cohesive and interactive training
  • Dialogue and individual coaching
  • Reflection and applied learning.

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)

  • The “Good Teacher Training Guide” has consistently ranked us in the Top 5 of National Training Providers.

  • We were awarded “Provider of the Year” in 2019 by the National Association of School-based Teacher Trainers.

As part of our commitment to ongoing personal and professional support through our graduates’ careers, we also provide high quality Early Career and Subject Leadership Programmes through the Devon Training School Partnership.

Interview process

Up to six candidates are invited to each interview day. Each of these take place at a different Partnership School with the DPSCITT 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 to ensure that their support can be effectively tailored from the outset.

“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”

                                                             (DPSCITT Interview Candidates)

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, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

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 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 and supported to apply for the Disabled Student Allowance. This is used to fund further study support which is organised with external agencies, such as Contacts Associates.

Describing the accessibility of the course as “amazing”, a trainee with autism commented that she “really enjoyed the course and [was] incredibly impressed with how adaptable and efficient it has been”. (Corrine, former trainee)

The course is highly personalised and supportive. Each trainee has a Personal Tutor (either the Director or Deputy Director) to provide pastoral and professional support throughout the course. This approach enables us to cater for individual needs with speed and flexibility, and is a key strength of the course.

“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 Personal Tutors 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 … 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
Trinity Primary School
Fish Street

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).

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