University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Education (Primary)

All of our primary PGCE pathways will train you to teach across the primary curriculum.

Applicants need to choose one of the following pathways: English, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Science, Primary Teaching and Learning, and Upper Primary Art.

Subject specialist pathways are unique to the Exeter Primary PGCE programme and prepare trainees to become curriculum coordinators.  The Teaching and Learning pathway prepares trainees to become leaders of curriculum innovation more generally.  The leadership skills developed across all pathways provide a distinct advantage as trainees begin their teaching careers.

Applicants need to check that they meet the entry requirements and specify their chosen pathway.

Ages 5-11 (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

Pathways available are:

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Science
  • Primary Teaching and Learning
  • Upper Primary Art

Excellent School Placements

School-based work is an important part of the Exeter PGCE and you will be working with 2 schools during the course.

The programmes last 36 weeks with time spent in school placements and at the University.

The University modules are designed to give you experience of all the subjects you will be expected to teach for your specified age range.

Entry requirements

Entry to the PGCE programme is conditional on: Graduate or equivalent status; the relevance of an Honours degree content to the chosen specialist subject(s); passes at GCSE in English and mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent) for those applying for secondary. Those who are applying for secondary mathematics, chemistry, physics, modern foreign languages or religious education and do not have a pass at grade C in either English or mathematics, have the opportunity to sit the University's equivalency test in order to gain attainment at an appropriate level; passes at GCSE in English, mathematics and science at grade C or above (or equivalent) for those who are applying for primary.

Please note: although the NCTL minimum requirement is a grade C at GCSE, we generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above for mathematics and English and a grade C or above for science for the Primary programme; selection based on the information provided on the UCAS Teacher Training application; selection based on a successful interview; successful completion of the professional skills tests; a medical report which is deemed satisfactory; a completed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St Luke's Campus Exeter EX1 2LU South West

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Key information

PGCE Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0300 555 6060