The London-Exeter Partnership Primary (AK29)

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
30 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

We are looking for applicants with an interest in primary education who have the drive to become critically reflective teachers and change agents, and who are passionate and articulate in their vision and values for primary education. Our unique partnership enables applicants to learn both in Devon and in London. Students spend most of their first term studying at the University of Exeter, and then complete their teaching placements in highly successful primary schools in London. The usual entry requirement for this course is a 2:1 or above in your first degree. Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C/4. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C/4, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B/5 or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C/4 in Science. In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure. Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.

School placements

We work with a variety of local primary schools across the exciting London Borough of Tower Hamlets. There is also the opportunity to work with an ‘Outstanding’ special school. All of the schools working with us are within Tower Hamlets and are very centrally located in London. Tower Hamlets is nationally recognised for its high standards and success in closing the attainment gap. All our schools are centres of innovation and ambition for all pupils. They all serve diverse communities in which schools and families work in close collaboration. You will start at your designated ‘home’ school at the start of the academic year for a two week observational placement. There are two placements (one ‘home school’ and another primary placement) once the PGCE with Exeter has started.

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.

Personal qualities

A genuine passion working with children and bringing teaching and learning to life is essential; as is providing the opportunity for children to develop their whole character through engaging and fun delivery of the curriculum.

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 £20,000

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a loan while you study. Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK. Financial support from the training provider For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites. For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages.

About the training provider

The London-Exeter Partnership offers a unique programme spanning Devon and the vibrant East London Borough of Tower Hamlets leading to a PGCE in primary education. We offer a first term study module at Exeter University, a leader in Initial Teacher Training, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training. You will then continue to train in your second and third terms in the high-performing London borough of Tower Hamlets. You will gain experience in successful primary schools who all share a common goal of exceptional education for children and a strong commitment to developing you as a future teacher.

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 ( PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help. Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. The Occupational Health provider can recommend ‘Reasonable Adjustments’, which will be put into place by the provider, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

Contact this training provider

0207 481 1650
Harry Gosling Primary School, Fairclough Street
E1 1NT

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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