The Kernow Teaching School Alliance (KTSA) is delivering the Secondary PGCE in partnership with Exeter. We closely adhere to the Exeter entry requirements for their PGCE courses along with the subject specific requirements. The University of Exeter has a general requirement of a degree classification of Upper Second (2:1). A 2:2 is considered in exceptional circumstances. Please find the links below to the information on the Exeter website.

General Entry Requirements

If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we’d advise you to take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England and in certain subjects. Successful applicants are then invited to interview.


We are looking for individuals who are passionate about teaching young people English in our Secondary Schools. Is this you?

Can you inspire a child to take an amazing journey, open their eyes to new cultures and experiences and delight them with the subtle intricacies of the English language and be back in time for break duty? Our teachers can!

If you have a passion for poetry or love of linguistics and have a good degree in English, as well as the ability to pass this on to students then you too can share this journey. Teach English and you too can give the students in our schools this gift.

You may even give the greatest gift of all. The ability to read.

English Entry Requirements


We are looking for individuals who are passionate about teaching Maths. This is what our mathematicians say about the teaching of their subject, is this subject fo you?

Mathematics is a language used to describe the physical world in numbers. Much like an artist or a poet makes use of words or lines to make sense of their perceptions, so too does the mathematician through numbers. For thousands of years, from Archimedes to Newton, mathematicians have carried humanity upwards and onwards upon the shoulders of Mathematics. Using numbers to exercise that innate human desire; to comprehend and quantify. Mathematicians have journeyed throughout history consolidating rational thought and the quantification of reality within numbers. As a maths teacher you can be proud to feature as a tiny fraction within the sum of humanities explorations into comprehension and self-awareness. You have the opportunity to inspire future generations of thinkers and innovators.

Mathematics Entry requirements


We are looking for individuals who are passionate about teaching their subject specialism. Computer Science has never been more important. This is what our computer science teachers say about their subject:

Computers are changing our world and our workforces. With technology now lying at the heart of our economy, our daily lives and scientific enterprises, the importance of preparing students for our rapidly changing, technological world has never been greater. Computer Science is a stimulating and rewarding subject, which opens student’s eyes to the technologically advanced world around them, whilst empowering them with the ability to develop their computational thinking skills and problem solving capabilities. The teaching of Computer Science will prepare students for the jobs of the 21st century and open their imagination to the vast range of technology based career opportunities available to them


History We are looking for passionate historians, read below to see what our History teachers say about their subject.

History is an inclusive subject that engages all. KS3 students learn both British and World History. From 1066, to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Black Civil Rights, this develops students understanding of race, culture and responsibility. KS4 students deepen their understanding studying topics such as The Cold War and Germany. History gives students the knowledge and confidence to debate World Affairs. If you can re-enact Becket’s murder, run a political campaign, debate whether the US were justified in dropping the A Bomb and discuss Vladimir Putin’s Foreign Policy in a day. Teach History!

History Entry Requirements


You will be training with teachers who are passionate about their subject, is this you…..

Can you fire the imagination? Can you inspire young people? Can you ignite the spark? Then teaching Geography is for you. Being able to pass on your passion for this diverse subject is great fun, hard work and fulfilling. You would gain experience of teaching topics such as Volcanoes and Earthquakes, World Development, Coasts, Rivers and investigate local Geography through map work and fieldwork. GCSE teaching builds on this but introduces students to World Cities, Economic Growth and Ecosystems such as rainforests, deserts and cold environments. Study trips away from home help to embed learning and are a great way to build relationships. London, the Lake District and Dorset are popular choices. A Level deepens knowledge and this is where the passion may grab you. Population, Globalisation, Development, Rivers and Coasts, Geomorphological Hazards are just some of the subjects taught at this level. Teach Geography, the world is waiting to be discovered!



Chemistry is the study of the science of matter, of how the basic elements of matter combine and interact with one another. Chemistry teachers are in a unique position as they have ready access to practical’s and demonstrations which can really bring out the wow factor of studying the sciences. However Chemistry teachers are not only there to provide whizzes and bangs but also to develop critical thinking, analytical skills and, crucially encourage, practical skills which are in short demand and highly sought after by employers. If you want to inspire young people with the intricacies of the atomic world, to develop their practical, analytical, mathematical and problem solving skills whilst providing a crucial link between Physics and Biology, then Chemistry teaching is for you.

Chemistry Entry Requirements


Students are surrounded by Physics every day but don’t necessarily realise it, from the electromagnetic spectrum being used in mobile phone technology to microwaves cooking your dinner. If you can emphasise the relevance of physics then we can help to produce a new generation of creative minds, with this passion we can help to shape the physicists of tomorrow. If you want to inspire young people with the vast Physics world of sub atomic particle, to the full scale and size of the Universe, alongside developing their practical, analytical, mathematical and problem solving skills teaching at Tretherras is for you. Our healthy uptake of Physics at A-level and our successful results at GCSE will see that you are involved in nurturing the skills of future Physicists.

Physics Entry Requirements


We are looking for individuals who are passionate about Biology and are excited about passing this knowledge on to the young people in our schools. This is what one of our Biology teacher said about teaching their subject:

I thoroughly enjoy teaching Biology. I love giving the students a new perspective in which they can perceive the world around them, from the smallest of microorganisms they cannot see, to the largest of mammals. Through studying Biology, students understand the purpose of everyday things and it gives the natural world more relevance to them. My most favourite thing to do with students is dissection, hearing squeals of excitement and sometimes disgust is always great fun.

Biology Entry Requirements


We are looking for individuals who are passionate about enriching student lives through Music or preparing them for a professional career in Music. Below is what our Music teachers say about teaching their subject. Is this for you, if so we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Teaching a creative subject that evokes such a passion in so many is an absolute privilege. Every day, every lesson really is different you will never be bored. Facilitating collaborative work at KS3, inspiring new musicians and nurturing talent is occasionally challenging, but mostly it is an exciting and satisfying role. GCSE music is particularly rewarding as the students choose to study the subject. This common passion for the subject is a great advantage to teacher and student alike. KS5 students are often are those with a real talent and desire to pursue a career in music or further their musical education beyond school. When a student sets off for Music College or begins a career in music there is a fantastic sense of pride and achievement that you, as their teacher, have played a role. The extra-curricular life of a music department is busy but brilliant and you will get out, whatever you put in. One of the highlights of teaching music is actually leading an ensemble in a performance.


‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ Socrates The study of Philosophy and Religion is perhaps the most important journey into the history of humanity. Not only is it a study of faith and religious tradition, but it is the exploration of our human interactions and our desire to seek something beyond this life. Religion is a major force in human experience and also laid the foundation for human rights, social justice, and toleration of others. It teaches people skills of empathy, compassion and responsibility. Explore the life of Buddha, discover the 5 pillars of Islam, discuss the origins of the universe and question the theories behind Greek philosophy, as you encourage young people to explore the world and their own lives. If you can motivate people to ask questions and to never take things as they first seem, then Ethics and Philosophy is a subject for you! ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever’ – Gandhi

RE Entry requirements


Teaching PE is a fun experience, inspiring children to take part in physical activity and learn a variety of skills and gain knowledge that can be taken outside the school environment.

As a PE teacher you take on a number of roles, from motivator, coach, umpire, mentor, and examination teacher, meaning that your job will be give you great variety and challenge everyday.

A PE teacher also has a vital role outside of lessons, contributing to the wider life of a school, giving students the opportunity to compete in and out of school and gain vital life skills along the way.

If you have a passion and belief in developing the physical ability of all students, in a range of skills, regardless of their starting point, then teaching PE is for you.​

PE Entry Requirements


Drama is about learning through doing and it is this active approach that inspires young minds and makes teaching drama a very unique job. There is a freedom in drama to teach what you think will challenge and engage young people. So in one class you might be on board the Titanic and in the next exploring the most relevant topic on the news. This is a very privileged position to be in.
Drama builds confidence both inside and outside the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. It encourages creativity and collaboration and strives to highlight the importance of understanding what it feels like to be somebody else.
It takes a great deal of energy, patience and sensitivity to draw the best out of each student no matter what their ability. In return it is a highly rewarding subject to teach.


As a Design and Technology teacher you will nurture students' creativity and imagination. You will teach them how to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. DT complements wider learning of a broad range of subjects and draws on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. You'll encourage pupils to learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, you will help them develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology & Psychology)

Students who study Sociology and Psychology tend to be a lively young people who engage with wider issues in Society. They are often keen to discuss issues and as a teacher of Social Sciences you are in a unique position to expand and challenge their ideas on these fascinating subjects. You will also gain experience teaching Humanities throughout the school. As a teacher of Social Sciences you will explore topics such as Family, Youth, Crime, Education, Inequality and Crime in Sociology and in Psychology students learn about topics such as Eating Behaviour, Social influence, Attachment, and Psychopathology. You will equip students with the research skills they need for understanding the processes happening in the world around them. Students often take the subject to a higher level and it is a privilege to be part of this process as a Social Sciences teacher.