Entry requirements

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. If you are applying for Secondary Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages or Religious Education and do not have a pass at grade C/grade 4 in either English or Mathematics, you will have the opportunity to sit the University’s equivalency test in order to gain attainment at an appropriate level
  • 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. Please note: although the NCTL minimum requirement is a grade C/grade 4 at GCSE, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B/grade 5 or above for Mathematics and English and a grade C/grade 4 or above for Science for the Primary programme
  • 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.

Please note the above criteria are the national minimum entry requirements to be considered for a PGCE course - please see individual subject pages for further information on additional subject-specific criteria for University of Exeter PGCE Primary and Secondary courses.

 Are you an undergraduate at the University of Exeter?  If so, find out if you're eligible for a guaranteed PGCE interview.

Professional Skills Tests

The NCTL website confirms that if you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself.

You can book your tests in advance for a date by which you are expecting to have submitted an application. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course.   For further details, please see the NCTL website http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests.aspx

We encourage you to take the professional skills tests as early as possible, preferably before interview. If you submit your application to us by 03 March 2017, and are successful at interview, a deadline of 31 May 2017 will be set for passing the professional skills tests.  If by 31 May, one or more of the tests have not been passed, your offer will be reviewed and you may lose your place on the programme.  If you submit your application to us after 03 March 2017, a deadline of four weeks from the date of any offer made will be set for passing the professional skills tests (or the day before the official start date of the course, whichever is earlier). Please note: if you haven't passed both skills tests by the official start date of the course, you will not be able to start the course.  This is a National College of Teaching & Leadership requirement and we cannot be flexible about this.


Note: Skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for three years so if you pass the tests and then your plans for starting an ITT course change, your results will remain valid for three years.

Please note: as the booking and provision of the professional skills tests is not within the control of the University of Exeter we reserve the right to review this policy during the year.


I had been previously turned down by other PGCE providers that are not as revered as Exeter and never thought I would have been accepted by a PGCE provider like St. Luke's. I sent my form in regardless and they actually read my personal statement and my previous relevant experience, this made me feel genuinely respected as an applicant - I hadn't encountered that before.

Lucy Orchard

Terms and conditions

All students will be required as a condition of enrolment to abide by, and to submit to the procedures of, the University's Regulations for Students, as amended from time to time.

A copy of the current Regulations for Students is available, on request, from the Registry.

The programme at Exeter is of high quality and valued highly by all partners. The 'Exeter model' is innovative and distinctive and provides a clear commitment to excellence that is underpinned by strong school partnerships. The programme is highly coherent and well developed and school staff speak positively of the model and of the staff at the University.

Primary Chief Examiner Report 2014/15