Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance
Primary (3-7) (AW47)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Exeter
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
Website
http://www.dartmoortsa.org.uk

About the course

Our School Direct for Primary (3-7) PGCE with QTS is delivered through the University of Exeter Distance Learning Programme.

Plymouth Hub | Marine Primary Academy

Since 2018 we have been offering our successful School Direct for 5-11 General Primary PGCE with QTS through a new Plymouth Hub at Marine Academy Primary. Building on the success of this programme, we are delighted to offer a 3-7 Primary PGCE with QTS through our Plymouth Hub. This programme is for teachers wishing to specialise in Reception and KS1 aged children.

As a 3-7 years teacher, you will play a vital role in children’s development. You’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s education, well-being and creativity, opening young minds to new concepts through rich and practical learning experiences. Trainees who are undertaking the Primary 3-7 programme will train alongside our general Primary trainees, but will have specialist input from our Reception and KS1 colleagues. Their main ITT placements will be in Reception and KS1 which be be carried out in a host school and then during a contrasting placement for one term.

To learn more click HERE

Interview process

Applicants will be contacted by phone or email shortly after we receive an application to discuss interview arrangements. Interviews are typically held at Marine Academy Primary, Plymouth.

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)

During the interview process we may seek further clarification on information provided through your UCAS application. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is one of our highest priorities and as such the interview has been designed to assess your suitability to work with children and will include questions regarding safeguarding and promoting welfare of children.

The interview process will involve a staff panel interview, written exercise and a short teaching episode.

We request the following following documents are brought to the interview:

  • Your DBS certificate (if you have this)
  • Your original GCSE, A Level and degree certificates (or equivalent)
  • One form of identification for verification purposes (e.g. valid passport or drivers' licence)
  • Proof of current address (e.g. utilities bill, bank statement)

How school placements work

Placement Options

Marine Academy Primary works in partnership with a number of partner primary schools in Plymouth as well as the wider Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance network of 60 plus primary schools covering Devon and Cornwall.

To view a map of Dartmoor TSA member schools click HERE or full 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

Fees

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.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • 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 information provided on UCAS Teacher Training application
  • Selection based on successful interview
  • Medical report which is deemed satisfactory
  • Completed Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check which is deemed satisfactory by University
  • It is the University's policy that level 2 certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy is not acceptable as equivalent to GCSE English/Mathematics.
  • DfE entry requirement to pass professional skills tests in literacy/numeracy has been removed. Instead PGCE trainees will be benchmarked during their training against a Government-defined set of fundamental mathematics and English skills. Further details are yet to be confirmed.

About the training provider

Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance is an alliance of primary and secondary schools servicing Devon and the wider 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 85 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

Email
msmith@dartmoortsa.org.uk
Telephone
01837 650910 ext 380
Website
http://www.dartmoortsa.org.uk
Address
Mill Road
Okehampton
Devon
EX20 1PW

Apply

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: AW47

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
Marine Academy Plymouth
Trevithick Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth PL5 2AF
Yes P

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