Routes into teaching

The University of Exeter offers several routes into teaching.

Each of our routes leads to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and to a Masters-level Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)  (not to be confused with the  Professional Graduate Certificate in Education- also often referred to as PGCE: the Professional Certificate does not carry Master level credits and is one level lower on the National Qualifications Framework than is our Postgraduate Certificate).

Which route is right for you?

The table below sets out the key differences between the routes we offer.

To identify the most suitable route for you, we suggest that you decide your priorities in relation to the following questions:

  1. How important is it that I choose my subject and phase (primary / secondary)?
  2. Would I prefer to be a trainee teacher with a professional teacher always available to provide support of necessary, OR an employee - largely responsible for the classes I teach?
  3. How will I best learn to be an outstanding teacher- by starting in the ‘shallow end’ or the ‘deep end’?
  4. How much do I want to learn among a group of peers studying the same subject, and how much through individual, distance learning?
  5. Would I prefer extended placements in two contrasting schools, or to spend most of my placement time in a single school?
  6. Am I open to training and teaching in most types of school, or am I committed to a particular sector?
  7. How much does it matter to me whether I have a loan and tax free bursary/scholarship, or a taxed salary?
  8. Would I prefer to have my NQT year school chosen for me, or would I prefer to choose which schools I apply to be employed in?

The following table should help you to compare routes.

 

 

University of Exeter PGCE

School Direct @Exeter PGCE

School Direct fee-paying, with University of Exeter

School Direct salaried, with University of Exeter

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Through UCAS to the University

Through UCAS to the lead school. NB Schools decide which School Direct route(s) they will offer: if you want a particular School Direct route you must select a school that offers it.

Through UCAS to the lead school. NB Schools decide which School Direct route(s) they will offer: if you want a particular School Direct route you must select a school that offers it.

Through UCAS to the lead school. NB Schools decide which School Direct route(s) they will offer: if you want a particular School Direct route you must select a school that offers it.

Master’s level

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits, distance learning

Yes: PGCE with 60 M level credits, distance learning

Subjects

You choose from the range of secondary and primary courses that we offer.

Check the School Direct pages to see which of our partner schools are offering School Direct courses in the phase (primary / secondary) and subject(s) that interest you.

Status and responsibility

Registered student; trainee teacher- so a professional teacher is always timetabled alongside you

Registered  student; trainee teacher- so a professional teacher is always timetabled alongside you

Registered  student; trainee teacher- so a professional teacher is always timetabled alongside you

Registered  student , employed as an unqualified teacher: largely responsible for your own classes

Shallow end or deep end?

Close support provided in your early classroom work; you progress in stages towards autonomous teaching

Close support provided in your early classroom work; you progress in stages towards autonomous teaching

Close support provided in your early classroom work; you progress in stages towards autonomous teaching

Some classroom support may be provided- you need to ask about this on a school by school basis. 

University based term, working with a peer group?

Yes, largely spent working learning with fellow trainees specialising in your chosen phase and subject

Yes, largely spent working learning with fellow trainees specialising in your chosen phase and subject

No. University tutors will visit you, and you will spend some time with other trainees- who may or may not share your chosen subject.

No. University tutors will visit you, and you will spend some time with other trainees- who may or may not share your chosen subject.

Duration

 1 year

 1 year

 1 year

 1 year

University

University of Exeter

University of Exeter

University of Exeter

University of Exeter