The University of Exeter PGCE

We are leaders in Initial Teacher Education. Consistently graded Outstanding by OFSTED, and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of initial teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.

High quality research-inspired teaching

Our PGCE is uniquely characterised by innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence. All our 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.

Best practice teaching methods

We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original PGCE teaching model which is praised by OFSTED and cited as an example of best practice. By learning on campus for most of the first term, you access the tools to rapidly build professional knowledge to underpin your work in school placements.

Our unique approach gives you opportunities to learn and become part of a community of trainees and teachers who are passionate about education and will support you during your course and beyond. We carry out a detailed skills audit with every trainee so we understand your particular development needs and can personalise elements of training to strengthen the skills you need to excel as a teacher.

Our commitment to you doesn't end when you graduate. We offer you the opportunity to continue with us via our Masters and CPD programmes giving you access to the networks, peer support, facilities and good practice you need to develop professionally.

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

Why study PGCE at the University of Exeter?

  • 6th in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research in Education1 and influencer of national education policy
  • Ranked 3rd amongst university providers of initial teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017
  • Consistently recognised by Ofsted and the National College for Teaching & Leadership as an outstanding provider of Primary and Secondary initial teacher education
  • Excellent graduate employment statistics, with 91 per cent of PGCE trainees who achieved QTS in the 2014-15 cohort securing a teaching post within 6 months of completion
  • Very high student satisfaction with 96 per cent of our former trainees rating our provision of training as good or very good (NQT survey 2015)
  • Partnership arrangements with over 250 schools
  • Fantastic choice of PGCE programmes making Exeter one of the 10 largest PGCE providers in the UK
  • A leader in the provision of phonics training and the South West Centre for the Cambridge Primary Review Network
  • Home to one of the largest education libraries in the UK

…with Exeter the door is never closed. It continues to be on hand to give advice and take an active interest in the career development of its students. This makes Exeter a very special place, putting students and ultimately the pupils they will teach, first.

Richard Bridgewater, Primary Humanities

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*.