University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Education (Secondary)

The Exeter Secondary PGCE is an 11-16 QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) course with post-16 enhancement. In effect, this means that whilst you must meet the standards for QTS within the 11-16 age range, you will also have additional experience of post-16.

All coursework is designed to provide engaging and varied opportunities for you to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve QTS.

Dependent upon your degree subject, you can choose to teach:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French)
  • Modern Languages (German)
  • Modern Languages (Spanish)
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Science (Biology)
  • Science (Chemistry)
  • Science (Physics)
  • Science (Biology with Psychology)

Your course begins with two weeks of observation (preliminary school experience). This leads into the University-based course which focuses on professional development, specialist subject knowledge, pedagogy and teaching skills. Two weeks of this term will be spent in your first placement school as part of the Beginning Practice phase of your training.

Term 2 is spent in your first school placement with three seminar days held at the University. At the end of the term you visit your second school placement for an induction period.

Term 3 is spent in your second school placement with two seminar days held at the University.

Throughout all school-based learning, you work closely with experienced teachers and a University tutor. This involves developing your observation, planning and evaluation skills in order to meet the requirements for QTS.

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 September 2017 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time September 2017 £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time September 2017 £ 9,250 per Academic year (EU fees) 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