Primary with Somerset Partnership Teaching School and Wessex Teaching School Accredited provider: University of Exeter

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

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.

After Christmas, you will undertake a shorter teaching placement in a school that contrasts with your main one. For some, there will be the opportunity to teach in a special school.

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.

Somerset Partnership Teaching School (based at Fiveways Special School) and Wessex Teaching School (based at Huish Primary School) work as one to lead this innovative course. Whilst 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, good 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. We aim to make the days as relaxed as possible as we want you to perform your best without nerves getting in the way.

In addition to the formal interview, candidates are asked to complete a series of different tasks:

  • a small group teaching activity;
  • a short writing assignment;
  • a group interaction task;
  • a pupil presentation;
  • visits to classrooms.

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.

Successful candidates also interested in special education are invited at a later date to Fiveways Special School, Yeovil, for an information session on the SEND enhanced training option. This route is not exclusive to trainees wishing to become special school teachers. The SEND training programme is designed to support all trainees to become the best teacher they can possibly be when responding to the learning needs of every pupil in their class, regardless of the setting.

Data Sharing (GDPR) - Personal data provided will only be disclosed to staff at this provider and that of Wessex Teaching School, and, when necessary, partnership schools.

How school placements work

With the exception of 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 gain experience of two different schools, providing contrasting contexts.

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 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £16,900

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

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 usual 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 or above or equivalent (or for GCSEs taken from Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above).

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?



This course is jointly led by Fiveways Special School and Huish Primary School.

Although we offer the one course between us, combining expertise from both mainstream primary and special educational settings, we are required to appear as two separate providers on both the DfE search tool and UCAS.

Even though eligible candidates will only be offered one interview, please feel free to apply to both of us!

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;
  • passes in both professional skills tests;
  • 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.

About the training provider

Fiveways Special School (Somerset Partnership Teaching School) and Huish Primary School (Wessex Teaching School) work as one to lead an innovative school-led initial teacher training programme, combining expertise from both special education and mainstream primary. Both schools are rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted and are proud of their respective Teaching School status.

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 initial teacher training partnership with an impressive track record of gaining employment by the end of their course;
  • A bespoke, curriculum training programme, devised and led by experienced practitioners;
  • An option for enhanced training Special Educational Needs (SEND) or Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with relevant teaching placements;
  • 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;
  • Guaranteed job interviews on application to schools within the partnership (subject to eligibility);
  • Loan of a MacBook Air (subject to availability);
  • Full support from the University of Exeter, including tutor visits and access to library resources/online learning materials.

About the accredited provider

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 3rd 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

Fiveways School
Somerset Partnership Teaching School
(and Wessex Teaching School)
Victoria Road, YEOVIL
Somerset, BA21 5AZ


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: 2RCK

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
- Main Site Yeovil, Somerset BA21 5AZ

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