Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance
Geography (3DM6)

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
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

Geography School Direct PGCE with QTS | New for September 2019

Our new Geography School Direct with PGCE is designed and delivered by the leading Geography practitioners in the region. The course lead - Jo Payne - is an experienced Head of Geography at Okehampton College.

The PGCE element of the course is delivered through the University of Exeter's Distance Learning programme; this gives our trainees the best of school-led teacher training with the flexibility to access one of the country's leading PGCE programmes.

The course has a simple structure running through it:

across the year trainees will spend three days undertaking teaching practice in a placement school; one day training with specialist Geography teachers at Okehampton College or partner centre; and one day undertaking the PGCE Distance Learning course (this could be from home).

Vision of course lead, Jo Payne:

"The programme ensures that you will develop your own vision of teaching geography. The role of a geography teacher is fundamental to creating informed, young global citizens. It is our strong belief that strong subject specialism is at the heart of great teaching, in which children are inspired and motivated by the depth of knowledge that their teachers deliver. We combine preparation for the basic elements of classroom teaching with opportunities to develop your subject knowledge in relation to creating a meaningful geography curriculum. You will develop your expertise to be able to teach across the age range from 11-18.

We will introduced trainees to a wide range of teaching resources and strategies, with a focus on GIS and the use of technology in the classroom. We encourage the use of peer teaching and coaching with other trainees to enable you to hone your classroom skills.

We have developed links with the Field Studies Centre to provide opportunities for trainees to engage with fieldwork techniques and to ensure that you are fully prepared to meet the demands of fieldwork at GCSE and A level when you embark on your first year of teaching.

The programme is led by committed and highly experienced geography teachers who are the leaders of the highest performing geography departments in Devon. We equally make the most of the experienced geography teachers across our partnership schools who will be running various practical workshops in their areas of specialism"

The course is being developed in partnership with South West Teaching School Alliance (Ivybridge College)

Interview process

Applicants will be contacted by phone shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements. Interviews are held in placement schools where possible and involve delivering a short teaching episode/presentation, a formal interview and a written task.

Where applicants are overseas or unable to attend an interview, alternative arrangements can be made - please contact Martin Smith - Director - to discuss (msmith@dartmoortsa.org.uk)

How school placements work

Placement Options

We have 25 secondary schools in the Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall, offering placement options for applicants. To view a map of our member schools click HERE

How placements are decided

Decisions about placements are lead by applicant preferences and needs. Applicants might want to train close to home. In some cases applicants want to train in a school where there is a particular curriculum strength; in other cases applicants may have been a TA at the school and wish to build on this relationship. 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.

Trainees undertake two placements across the year: the main placement covers the Autumn and much of the Summer Term; the shorter, contrasting placement, takes place in the Spring Term.


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

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Geography 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.



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) (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 and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalent (or for GCSEs taken from Summer 2017 onwards, grade 4 or above) for those applying for Secondary.

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 http://www.exeter.ac.uk/dbs/

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 body

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


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