Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance
Primary (5-11) (22JX)

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) 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020
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About the course

Following a 'Welcome & Induction Day', main school placements start on the first day of the new school year.

In the first term, three days every week are spent in school although when, and how, you start teaching is carefully planned with your class teacher.

A further day is set aside for home study towards a PGCE. You will complete two assignments (approximately 7500 words each) and produce evidence-based work for a training file. In addition to support from your placement school, you will have termly tutor visits to help ensure you are on track.

The fifth day is spent learning with your fellow trainees on our bespoke taught programme, covering a range of key curriculum areas and aspects of school life. This also provides a valuable opportunity to come together as a group and share learning experiences.

Following Christmas, you will undertake a shorter teaching placement in a school that contrasts with your main one. After approximately ten weeks, trainees return to their main placement. By the summer, the PGCE study will have been completed, allowing more time to hone school practice and consolidate teaching skills.

Here at Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance, we are very proud of our growing reputation as a quality provider of ITT; we do not wish to become a large enterprise. We really value the close working relationship we have with all our trainees and partnership schools. If you want a course with a proven track record of trainee satisfaction, excellent prospects for teaching within the area and one that doesn't involve long distance travel, then we are probably the one for you!

What our trainees say about us:

‘Choosing which ITT course to do is mind boggling…but I’m so glad I chose this one!’

'The taught programme was invaluable and really helped me reflect on and develop my own practice.’

‘I loved my placement school and felt like a member of staff from day one!’

‘The support I received throughout my course was fantastic.’

We look forward to receiving your application and encourage you find out more about us, either by viewing our websites, emailing us or paying us a visit.

Interview process

Interview days are generally held from October to early summer at Huish Primary School, Yeovil. The day includes a range of activities designed to assess your aptitude for teaching; however, we aim to make the day as relaxed as possible as we want you to perform your best without nerves getting in the way.

During the day, there will be plenty of time to find out more about us and ask questions. We not only recognise the importance of you being the right trainee for us, but also of us being the right course for you!

We aim to let candidates know whether or not they have been successful as soon as possible following their recruitment day.

Please note:

  • Candidates invited for interview will be notified first via UCAS and then receive further details by email; please ensure spam/junk email boxes are also checked regularly.

*Data Sharing (GDPR) – Personal data provided will only be disclosed to relevant staff within Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance as necessary.

  • Photographs featuring trainees may be used for marketing purposes.

How school placements work

With the exception of approximately 30 days set aside for home study towards your PGCE and up to a further 30 days allocated to our weekly taught programme, the majority of your time with us will be spent in school on teaching placements in and around the Yeovil area; you will work in two different schools, providing contrasting contexts, and gain teaching experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Within the constraints of the statutory ITT Criteria, we endeavour to take into account the distance between home and school when organising placements.

By being in schools from the very beginning of the autumn term, trainees tell us they settle and establish themselves more quickly than if they were to join later in the term. Unlike many other ITT providers, our course runs right up to the last day of the school year, with the aim of giving you as much experience as possible and getting extra value from the course fee.


The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £18,500

Financial support

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 further information. please contact University of Exeter Fees and Finance



The entry requirements for this course:

• a 2:1 or above in your first degree. (Candidates with a 2:2 classification may still be considered if their potential and aptitude for primary teaching is sufficiently demonstrated on application and at interview.);

• passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above or equivalent

Note: the DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests has been removed. Instead trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of mathematics and English skills.

For all enquiries about entry requirements, please contact

University of Exeter PGCE Admissions Team

Personal qualities


• Enthusiastic, driven and engaging?

• A great team player?

• Highly organised, reflective and committed to hard work?

• Empathetic and resilient?


Other requirements

In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on the following:

• information provided on the UCAS teacher training application;

• performance at interview;

  • a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and 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, and demonstrate some awareness of the current educational landscape.

About the training provider

Somerset Partnership and Wessex Teaching Schools work as one, under the marketing name of Yeovil Area Teacher Training Alliance. Based at Fiveways Special School and Huish Primary School, we lead innovative school-led initial teacher training programmes, combining expertise from both special education and mainstream primary.

Trainees undertake placements within a valued partnership of highly regarded Somerset schools, providing a range of contrasting experiences and opportunities to learn and teach alongside excellent teachers, and gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

Trainees also qualify with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCE), accredited by the University of Exeter.

Trainees on this course enjoy the following benefits:

  • A strong and well-established ITT partnership with an impressive track record of gaining employment;
  • Bespoke, curriculum training programmes, covering a wide range of curricular areas and led by experienced practitioners;
  • Local teaching placements and designated time to study from home, without the need to attend university or college;
  • A personal approach with full pastoral support and direct access to Programme Leaders;
  • Support with securing a first teaching post, including mock interviews;
  • Enhanced opportunites for interviews when applying for teaching posts within partnership schools;
  • Loan of a MacBook Air;
  • Full support from the University of Exeter, including tutor visits and access to library resources/online learning materials.

About the accredited body

Fiveways Special School and Huish Primary School are proud of the strong, joint partnership they have with the University of Exeter, their accredited provider.

Part of the Russell Group of universities, Exeter is a leading centre for the study of education and their PGCE is uniquely characterised by innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence.

The university has been consistently graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and is ranked third amongst university providers of teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We offer a fully inclusive training programme and applications are welcomed from candidates with disabilities and other needs.

For trainees requiring support with subject knowledge, support plans in English, mathematics and science are provided. The programme endeavours to support individual needs accordingly.

Should you wish to discuss your particular needs, prior to application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Additionally, trainees can access the comprehensive student services provided by the University of Exeter. Services include:

  • AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams;
  • Student Learning Skills Service;
  • Student Advice Unit and Counselling Service;
  • Students’ Union Advisors;
  • Student Health Centre and Family Centre;
  • Chaplaincy team.

For further information, please contact

University of Exeter Student Support Service

Contact details

Email or
Website or
Fiveways School (Somerset Partnership Teaching School) or Huish Primary School (Wessex Teaching School)
Victoria Road (Fiveways)/Carisbrooke Gardens (Huish)
BA21 5AZ (Fiveways)/BA20 1AY (Huish)


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 28Y
  • Training programme code: 22JX

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Huish Primary School
Carisbrooke Gardens, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1AY
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Support and advice

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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