The University of Exeter is ranked 3rd amongst university providers of initial teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

Changes to the UCAS allocation of Teacher Training places.

Our unique approach to teaching PGCE is praised by OFSTED and cited as an example of best practice.

Primary programme

Why choose Exeter for your Primary PGCE?

  • Our most recent Ofsted inspection, in 2010, rated the Exeter Primary programme as “outstanding”.
  • In 2015/16, 94 per cent of trainees were awarded QTS with 70 per cent graded ‘‘outstanding’’.  These figures are reflected in high employment levels, within a year of completing the course – for example, 93 per cent in 2013/14.

The programmes last 36 weeks with time spent in school placements and at the University.

The University modules are designed to give you experience of all the subjects you will be expected to teach for your specified age range.


All of our primary PGCE pathways will train you to teach across the primary curriculum.

Applicants need to choose one of the following pathways: English, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Science, Primary Teaching and Learning, and Upper Primary Art.

Subject specialist pathways are unique to the Exeter Primary PGCE programme and prepare trainees to become curriculum coordinators.  The Teaching and Learning pathway prepares trainees to become leaders of curriculum innovation more generally.  The leadership skills developed across all pathways provide a distinct advantage as trainees begin their teaching careers.

Applicants need to check that they meet the entry requirements and specify their chosen pathway.

Ages 5-11 (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)

Pathways available are:

Excellent School Placements

School-based work is an important part of the Exeter PGCE and you will be working with 2 schools during the course.

The promotion of equality of opportunity and valuing of diversity is outstanding. Excellent provision is made for trainees from minority groups to ensure that they succeed and university staff work tirelessly to ensure that they are fully supported during the course.

Ofsted Inspection Report 2010

The depth and breadth of trainees’ reflection about their own practice is impressive. They possess a mature approach to self-study, effectively following up ‘agendas’ they set for themselves, so improving their own performance in aspects of teaching methodology.

Ofsted Inspection Report 2010