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PGCE Primary with English

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Full time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

English Language Teaching Teaching In Primary Schools

Course type


Course Summary


The course will prepare you to use creative approaches and resources to interest and motivate children as you teach across the curriculum. This will include ways of using poetry, drama, stories and children’s literature. The course is taught mainly through seminars and workshops with a significant element of directed collaborative group work and self-study. A trip to London (including visits to Shakespeare’s Globe and Tower Hamlets schools) in the spring term puts a strong emphasis on learning outside of the classroom and on teaching children with English as an additional language.

We are looking for candidates with a strong English background (including drama, theatre and World Literature) who see themselves as the subject leaders of the future. As well as giving you a solid grounding in practical classroom ideas, the course gives you the opportunity to execute and evaluate your own classroom research, for submission with an accompanying resource pack. The course places a strong emphasis on the social capital of individuals, with many opportunities for peer tutoring and volunteering in extra-curricular projects.

The course is tutored by Anthony Wilson and Anita Wood. Having taught in London schools for several years, both are passionate about enriching trainees' experiences of diverse contexts. We have strong personal and research interests in EAL, drama, poetry and creative literacy pedagogies. Anthony Wilson's recent books include Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury) and Lifesaving Poems (Bloodaxe).

The course has a lively Facebook page in which past and present English specialists share and exchange news, resources and ideas.

The Primary PGCE English pathway enjoys a 75%+ success rate for securing a first post before the end of the course.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you for interview.


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 principal aims of the module are to: develop your knowledge of contemporary education policies and key pedagogical theories; enable you to reflect critically on children's learning and development, dagogy and teachers' roles and responsibilities in multi-professional contexts; and engage with relevant government reports, policies and academic research in order to develop critical appraisal of contemporary social trends and issues in theory and practice. This module covers fundamental educational issues, which contribute to professional knowledge and understanding. Key areas addressed include race, gender, children's rights and responsibilities, citizenship, inclusion, special needs, behaviour management, and organising for children's learning.

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Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. We expect to take students with at least A level English (grade B), preferably degree level. Students without A level English can apply if they can show relevant experience in language/literacy fields, eg, teaching TEFL/ psychology/drama. 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. 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.