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PGCE Primary with Upper Primary Art

PGCE Primary with Upper Primary Art

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Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Arts & Crafts / Communication / Performing Arts Teaching / Training Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary

Our Primary PGCE offers a specialism in Upper Primary Art - the only course of its kind in the country! You will train to teach all curriculum subjects and also develop particular expertise in primary visual arts education, with a view to becoming an Art Coordinator in the future. Your practice will be informed by international research evidence and contemporary, creative projects. School placements will be in Key Stage 2 classes (ages 7-11), but the taught course covers the 5-11 age range, so you will be qualified to teach across the whole primary phase.


Trainees following the Upper Primary Art pathway will learn to teach across the primary curriculum and will take an additional specialist module in primary Art.

This pathway features a specialism focusing on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills which are necessary to teach art,craft and design with imagination and confidence to all primary-age children. The course also prepares you for the role of Specialist Leader or Coordinator for Art, and aspects of Creative Arts leadership more broadly. Recent research is used to support the development of a contemporary and critical view of art education in theory and practice. Practical workshops and seminars make up the taught component, alongside off-site visits and collaborative projects with local schools and arts organisations.

School placements will be based in Key Stage 2. However, the programme covers teaching and learning from 5-11 and, once qualified, you will be eligible to teach across the primary age range.


We provide unrivalled opportunities for trainees to achieve through our highly original Exeter Teaching Model. The programme runs over three terms with each term providing progressively more school-based work training.

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. The taught element is made up of timetabled seminars, lectures and self-directed study. You will be asked to work individually and as part of small and larger groups.

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.

During placements Exeter trainees benefit from the focused support of two School-based Tutors: a Principle Tutor who works as an expert partner, and a Mentor who develops and challenges your thinking about teaching in ways that can be used to enhance performance.

You will be supported in developing the full range of teaching skills and effective reflection that you will need in your first teaching post as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

The PGCE is a Masters level programme and once you have achieved QTS, you can continue your studies during your first year of teaching and work towards achieving a Masters in Education.


The aim of the module is to enable students to provide reflection on their professional development and demonstrate evidence of achievement of the range of essential knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Standards required by the NCTL for QTS.

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Entry requirements

We are looking for applicants with a 2:1 degree in an art, design or craft discipline - this includes art history or visual culture. While as standard we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information. Applicants with practical experience and at least a grade B at A level in an art, design or craft discipline will also be considered. We advise all applicants to gain some school-based experience in a state school prior to interview. Although this is not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview. Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the DfE requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more

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