Beech HIll Primary (SEND) (J682)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Why train at Beech Hill? During the course, students will spend 4 days per week in a school being trained by experienced teachers. Every Friday is spent either at a school within the partnership or at Northumbria University. The Friday training will cover every aspect of teaching, including SENd; planning; working with support staff; grammar knowledge; ICT; forest school along with bespoke training depending on your individual needs. Alongside this training, students have the opportunity to spend time in schools for children with a high proportion of EAL, one for children with behaviour difficulties and a school for children with autism.
You will spend most of the time in Thomas Bewick with one 8 week period in another school in the partnership during an assessed placement. There are two assessed placements one lasting 5 weeks and the other 10 when students are formally observed twice a week in order to improve practice. As well as this, there will be 3 assignments set by the university - these will be set along with taught sessions at the campus and a personal tutor. Schools within the partnership are listed on the Beech Hill website ( and are mainly within the Newcastle area. Schools Direct at Beech Hill has an extremely high rate of students going straight into teaching jobs following the course, often within the partnership itself. Pastoral care and outstanding mentoring are another feature of the Beech Hill partnership. Students’ wellbeing is paramount and our cohorts always work well together due to pre course induction days and the opportunity to observe eachother during the year. As part of the assessment, students will present an overview of their learning at the university. We ensure students are well prepared for this during a two day residential at Linden Hall where presentations are completed along with practice interviews and guidance on the application process.

School placements

Our partnership of around 15 schools is led by Beech Hill Primary School; a National Support School with an excellent track record of school improvement. We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide variety of settings which include: small village schools, large two form entry schools and opportunities to have placements in a school for children with behaviour difficulties and a specialist provision for children with autistic spectrum disorder. You will also spend time in a school with a high proportion of EAL to ensure you have a wide and varied range of experiences during your training. All of the schools are conveniently located and geographically close to each other allowing students to visit other settings and easily access CPD within the cluster. All schools in the partnership have been judged good or better by OFSTED and include staff with a proven track record in training and professional development. The age ranges you will be teaching will range from 3 to 11 with 2 placements in different schools in different key stages. The majority of the time will be spent in your host school with 6 weeks in a second school for an assessed placement in the second half of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.

Personal qualities

While we appreciate that applicants will not be the finished article - that is the job of Beech Hill - we expect that prospective students will have a passion for working with children, some experience of working in schools and evidence of having resilience as the course is fast paced and challenging.

Other requirements

Before the start of the course, all students will be subject to a DBS check and will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. Students applying for this course should have experience of working as a TA and HLTA in a school for children with autism.


This will be paid on the non qualified teacher scale

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

With Beech Hill Primary as the Lead School, Creating Teachers for Tomorrow (CT4T) are delivering a dynamic, new Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We work in partnership with Northumbria University offering full time Schools Direct tuition and salaried placements.

You would become part of a long established network of schools that work closely together and frequently share expertise. Our vision is simple yet powerful – The Best from all, for All and our aim is to equip every child with the skills and ambition to be a valued member of society and the wider world.

Our partnership of schools is led by Beech Hill Primary School; a National Support School with an excellent track record of school improvement. We offer a wide variety of settings which include: small village schools, large two form entry schools with additional placements in a pupil referral unit; a specialist provision for children with autistic spectrum disorder and a school with a high proportion of EAL ensuring a wide and varied range of experiences.

We provide support, expertise and an array of experiences, allowing trainees to fulfil their potential as excellent practitioners.

Successful applicants will gain a full PGCE with Masters credits from Northumbria University. Trainees spend four days a week based in host and placement schools, with the fifth day dedicated to bespoke training and university support.

Staff amongst the partnership are regarded as our greatest asset and you would become part of a very strong team.

Interview process

Beech Hill coordinates the recruitment process on behalf of the partnership. Following a short listing process, successful applicants will be invited for interview. This will involve time in Thomas Bewick. Each candidate will be expected to deliver a 15 minute reading or teaching activity to a small group of pupils from within the primary phase. . There may be a representative from our partner, Northumbria University at each of the interview days which will take place in clusters of 3 or 4 schools within the partnership. The interviews will take place on the same day and will include questions on experiences and suitability for the course.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Students with disabilities and other needs will be fully supported by the partnership. Placements in schools are considered carefully taking physical and mental health conditions into account and accessibility issues will be addressed as necessary.

Contact this training provider

Linhope Road
West Denton
Newcastle upon Tyne

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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