Primary with Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance 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

Our School Direct for General Primary PGCE with QTS is delivered through the University of Exeter Distance Learning Programme.

Devon Hub | Okehampton Primary School

Okehampton Primary School provides our Devon Hub and is our overall lead for the primary programme. The course is delivered by outstanding primary teachers and specialists from Okehampton Primary and the wider Alliance. Trainees will spend one day a week at Okehampton Primary, taking part in training workshops which model the principles of effective teaching. Three days a week will be spent in your placement school, where you will be supported by a PST and gain first-hand experience of teaching. A fifth day will be allocated to completion of the PGCE element of the course, which is delivered by the University of Exeter through their Distance Learning programme. We can offer placements in a wide range of schools. To find out more about Okehampton Primary School click HERE

Please note that the Salaried Course is offered exclusively at Okehampton Primary School.

New for September 2019 | Plymouth Hub | Marine Primary Academy

We are pleased to announce that from September 2019 we will be delivering our successful School Direct for General Primary PGCE with QTS through a new Plymouth Hub at Marine Academy Primary. This will build on the successful Okehampton Primary School model and combine elements of exemplary practice that earned Marine Academy Primary’s Outstanding status in 2015. To learn more click HERE

Interview process

Applicants will be contacted by phone shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements. Interviews are held in schools and involving delivery of a short teaching episode, a formal interview and a written task. Interviews can be held in hub schools or in placement schools.

Where applicants are overseas or unable to attend an interview alternative arrangements can be made - please contact Martin Smith - Director - to discuss (

How school placements work

Placement Options

We have 55 primary schools in the wider Devon area, including Plymouth and Cornwall, offering placement options for applicants. To view a map of our member schools click HERE or see list HERE

How placements are decided

Placements are lead by applicants. This might be because of the need to be close to home. In some cases applicants want to train in a school where they have been a TA or had a similar role before. Whatever the reason, one of our first conversations with you will be 'where do you want to undertake your main placement?'. Of course, we cannot guarantee that we can find the perfect match but our commitment is to try to find a school that matches your needs.

Placement Structure

Main placement: September-February + April-June

Short, contrasting placement: February-March


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

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



-Graduate or equivalent status

-The relevance of an Honours degree content to the chosen specialist subject(s) (current University of Exeter students are allowed to take up to 30 credits outside of their degree programme, some of which may strengthen an application for a PGCE)

-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) if you are applying for Primary.

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

Note: It is the University of Exeter's policy that the level 2 certificate in Adult Literacy or Numeracy is not acceptable as an equivalent to GCSE English/Mathematics.


About the training provider

Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of primary and secondary schools in the wider Devon area. If you are thinking about training to teach, we think we can offer you a superb range of inspiring courses. Whether you are a new graduate or you are considering a career change, our teacher training will equip you with the skills to be an outstanding teacher. Dartmoor TSA is led by Okehampton College, rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We work in partnership with the University of Exeter, itself rated Outstanding. To find out more watch our video HERE and visit our web site HERE

There are many great reasons to train with us:

• An outstanding partnership: Okehampton College and the University of Exeter offer trainees first class school placements and academic teaching.

• Train close to home: With 80 schools in our Alliance from the greater Devon area, we offer trainees greater control over where they complete their training.

• Matching trainees to placement schools: every effort is made to carefully match trainees to placement schools that will best develop their skills teacher

• Support into employment and beyond: We recruit trainees with the view to support them, through workshops and mock interviews, to secure their first post. Trainees that go onto teach in local schools are supported through our wide range of NQT and other programmes.

• Values-centred training: we are passionately committed to the values of co-operative schools that put people at the centre of everything we do.

About the accredited provider

The University of Exeter is a leader 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.

It has an excellent graduate employment record.

The PGCE is uniquely characterised by innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence. The tutors have real-world experience as teachers, senior managers or Ofsted inspectors. They also lead and innovate, developing the latest ideas in teacher education, leading research, writing textbooks, leading subject networks and advising government.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services web page HERE

PGCE trainees are assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.

We always seek to support teachers for whom special educational needs could be a barrier to teaching. We will openly discuss the accessibility of our courses and indeed various partner schools in terms of training.

Contact details

01837 650910
Mill Road
EX20 1PW


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: 2BT
  • Training programme code: 2Y4D

Choose a training location

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

Code Name Address
P Marine Academy Plymouth Trevithick Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth PL5 2AF
O Okehampton Primary School Glendale Road, Okehampton, Devon EX201JB

Advice and support

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