Launceston College MAT and Duchy Academy Trust
Mathematics (39FC)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
5 June 2019
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Launceston College MAT follow a programme called School Direct @Exeter. Trainees apply for the School Direct training programme via the College and then attend the taught PGCE programme at Exeter University. Trainees are registered with the university and are eligible for training bursaries and student loans. This model enables trainees to choose the school that they wish to train in and also to have the benefit of having theoretical support from a university. Being part of our School Direct programme means you are truly part of the culture of the school and are treated as staff from the offset.

Interview process

Launceston College is the lead school in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day spent at Launceston College (for Secondary applications) or Callington Primary (for Primary applications) and will include teaching an episode of a lesson, some short-written tests for literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge and the opportunity to talk to staff and pupils.

You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our university partner, the University of Exeter will be involved throughout the day and will have an equal say in the selection. If the placement is at another school in the partnership, staff from that school may also be involved. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

How school placements work

Trainees are based in school in from September when term starts, before the taught PGCE course at Exeter University and in periods of non-contact time during the autumn term. The length and timing of the second school placement is agreed with the lead school (minimum of 6 weeks).

The main school placement will be discussed at interview (and will be one of our schools within the MAT) the second placement school will be chosen as a contrasting school, that where possible is close to where applicants live. Secondary placements will focus on 11-16 year olds although there can be opportunity to observe and teach post 16 for suitable trainees.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £17,600

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • Graduate or equivalent status
  • Relevant Honours degree (at least a 2:2) with at least 50% mathematical content
  • Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at grade C or above (Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above)
  • Good GCSE grades in ‘double science’ or in each of the three separate science subjects.
  • Good ‘A’ level grade in mathematics
  • Equivalent qualifications are considered.
  • Where necessary applicants may be required to complete an SKE course.

Personal qualities

We advise applicants to gain some school-based experience prior to application. Although this is 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 School Direct PGCE Mathematics course requires enthusiasm, energy, commitment, a love of mathematics and a strong desire to teach. In return, the mathematics department, together with university partners, will offer you every opportunity to advance towards becoming a confident and inspirational teacher of mathematics.

Other requirements

  • 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 & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by the University

About the training provider

Launceston College MAT and Duchy Academy Trust Partnership are committed to the highest standards of learning for students and staff. All schools in the partnership place the development of staff and the development of teaching and learning at the centre of their drive to improve student achievement. A trainee teacher would be part of this.

Launceston College MAT leads the partnership for School Direct applications for both Secondary and Primary placements. The Secondary partnership schools include Launceston College, Bideford College and Atlantic Academy. The Primary partnership schools include Callington Primary School, Lewannick Primary School and Boyton Primary School.

All of the schools benefit hugely from the rural environment in which they are located and place a significant emphasis on learning outside of the classroom. You would have the opportunity to develop experiences within each of the schools and also to potentially undertake a second placement in one of the many other schools we have close relationships with.

A skillful team of ASTs work across the partnership and provide outstanding support to all staff with programmes such as the Outstanding Teacher Programme offering high quality internal professional development.

Both secondary and primary ASTs work closely and supportively together to share and develop best practice with an active interest in seeking out and incorporating the latest research. You would have the support of this team in addition to your subject specialist.

About the accredited body

We work in partnership with Exeter University who are leaders in Initial Teacher Education, consistently graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

They have an excellent employment record . Of the trainees who completed the course in 2016-17, over 70 per cent were rated as outstanding.

Their PGCE is uniquely characterised by innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Schools within our partnership have disabled access.

Candidates are supported as appropriate when learning needs have been disclosed.

Contact details

Hurdon Road
PL15 9JR


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