Cardinal Hume Catholic School Primary (2R8D)

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

Accredited body
Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

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 - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The School Direct course aims to develop your skills in teaching all aspects of the relevant curriculum in order to become a successful teacher. Curriculum studies considers aspects of teaching including current educational theories such as multiple intelligence theory, multi-cultural schools and EAL, extracurricular activities, the hidden curriculum, pastoral care and the teaching of the most and least able pupils.

The programme aims to develop the skills of the classroom progressively. The training starts with observations progressing to taking greater and more responsibility as confidence develops. In the classroom, initial observations and interpretation progresses to co-planning, teaching and evaluating parts of lessons. With this experience you develop your lesson planning, teaching and evaluation at key stages and continue to participate in classroom teaching in your preferred age range and specialist subject, with expert practitioners. Towards the end of the academic year, you will be expected to be involved with up to 80% of a NQT timetabled week.

The main and second school placement will be chosen in consultation with the school and programme director dependent on your subject, age range and location. Each trainee will have their own experienced classroom practitioner within both schools, who will be assigned as their individual mentor. Central training will take place for secondary trainees one day a week at the ITT provider.

For the successful completion of the course, trainees must demonstrate competence against all the QTS standards, and need to have successfully completed the Skills Tests before the course begins. Trainees will be continually assessed through lesson observations and placement reports whilst in their school.

Detailed but functional files and portfolios of evidence are submitted for final assessment which will demonstrate how trainees have met the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. Wherever possible, the evidence gained will be ‘naturally occurring’, as a product of the work carried out in the classroom or around the school setting.

School placements

Candidates complete assessment in two secondary/primary schools, fulfilling statutory requirements. Second school placements are selected according to candidates emerging targets and the need for a change of context - teaching in two consecutive key stages is statutory (typically KS3/4).


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
All Saints’ Catholic Primary School
Kitswell Road, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0JG
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School
Dunsmuir Grove, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 4QL
Main - Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Old Durham Road, Gateshead, NE9 6RZ
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Esh Winning
Durham Road, Esh Winning, Durham, DH7 9PA
Our Lady Queen of Peace RCVA Primary School
Station Road, Penshaw, Houghton le Spring, DH4 7JZ
Our Lady and St Joseph Brooms Catholic Primary School, Leadgate
St Ives Road, Leadgate, Consett, County Durham, DH8 7SN
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Byermoor, Burnopfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 6NU
St Agnes’ Catholic Primary School
Rosedale Road, Crawcrook, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 4UN
St Alban’s RC Primary School
Rothbury Avenue, Pelaw, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0QY
St Anne’s RC Primary School
Off Pickering Green, Harlow Green, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 7HX
St Augustine’s R.C. Primary School
Colegate, Leam Lane, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 8PP
St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Sacriston
Front Street, Sacriston, Durham, County Durham, DH7 6AB
St Bede’s RC Primary School, Washington
Hampshire Place, Washington, NE37 2NP
St Benet’s Catholic Primary School, Ouston
St Benet’s Way, Ouston, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH2 1QX
St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Chester-Le-Street
Ropery Lane, Chester le Street, County Durham, DH3 3PH
St Godrics Catholic Primary School, Thornley
Thornley Road, Wheatley Hill, Durham, Co Durham, DH6 3NR
St John Boste Primary School
Castle Road, Oxclose, Washington, NE38 0HL
St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School, Birtley
Mitchell Street, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, DH3 1LU
St Joseph’s Catholic Middle School, Hexham
Highford Lane, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 2DD
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Blaydon
Croftdale Road, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4BG
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Gilesgate
Mill Lane, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 2JQ
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Ushaw Moor
Durham Road, Ushaw Moor, Durham, County Durham, DH7 7LF
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Stanley
Front Street, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0NP
St Joseph’s RC Junior School, Birtley
School Street, Birtley, Co Durham, DH3 2PN
St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Washington
Village Lane, Washington, NE38 7HU
St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Rowlands Gill
Whinfield Way, Highfield, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2JE
St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School
Stella Lane, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4NE
St Mary’s Catholic First School, Hexham
Hencotes, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 2EE
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Blackhill
Pemberton Road, Blackhill, Consett, County Durham, DH8 8JD
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, South Moor
Hustledown, South Moor, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 6PH
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Whickham
Duckpool Lane, Whickham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE16 4HB
St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Esh Village
Esh Village, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9QY
St Oswald’s RC Primary
Easington Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7LH
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Consett
Stanley Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 6LN
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Dipton
North Road, Dipton, , Stanley, County Durham, DH9 9BB, Dipton, Flint Hill, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 9BB
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Langley Moor
Goatbeck Terrace, Langley Moor, Durham, Co Durham , DH7 8JJ
St Peter’s RC Primary School, Low Fell
Dryden Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5TU
St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School
Ellison Road, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2QU
St Pius Xth Catholic Primary School, Consett
Thornfield Road, The Grove, Consett, County Durham, DH8 8AX
St Thomas More Primary School, Belmont
Thorndale Road, Belmont, DH1 2AQ
St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School
Old Fold Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0DJ
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School - Gateshead
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 1LR
St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Highfield Lane, Prudhoe, NE42 6EY
St. Michael’s Catholic Primary School
Durham Road , Houghton Le Spring , Tyne and Wear, DH5 8NF

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with very good communication skills, the determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others.

Successful applicants are confident and passionate about teaching and also able to contribute to the wider school ethos and community.

Training to teach is both challenging and rewarding. Developing excellent interpersonal skills will enable trainees to effectively support the learning of groups of young people from diverse backgrounds.

We are looking for people who strive to improve and who are committed to their own professional development.

Other requirements

Successful entrants will be asked to bring appropriate certification and other documentation to verify their identity and for the Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to the start of the course.

The document check is made by the Administrator and provides an audit for registration purposes at the commencement of the course. All documents must be ‘original’ and not a photocopy.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Course fees - £9,250 for a one year programme. You may be eligible for Student finance to support you with fees. Further information will be discussed if you are successful at interview.

About the training provider

Our partnership of Catholic and Network schools has extensive experience of working with student teachers and can provide excellent school placement opportunities. All schools have outstanding practice in learning and teaching with specialist staff in all curriculum areas. Importantly, all of our schools have exceptional pupil behaviour which means our trainee teacher can really concentrate, first and foremost, on their teaching.

We have trained facilitators across our partnership who will deliver the professional studies programme, alongside our accredited providers, to all trainees. Our wealth of experience in training teachers means our mentoring and support for new staff is second to none: a comprehensive training and support programme begins on the very first day of term in September.

Having also a proven track record of successful school to school support, with key staff designated as National and Specialist Leaders of Education, means our schools will ensure your continuing professional development needs are addressed.

Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. Schools are looking to employ the best teachers, those that are aware of the current demands of teaching as a profession.

Our ‘Education and Professional Studies’ will address assessment and reporting, special education needs, classroom organisation and management, pupil behaviour, the professional responsibility of teachers, current school and curriculum issues.

Interview process

The selection procedures which follow aim to ensure that:

  • Entry requirements specified in DfE Qualified Teacher Status Standards (2012) are applied carefully, giving due weight to academic equivalencies, experiences and motivation.
  • Entrants are given a sound understanding of the nature and demands of the course in order to assure successful applicants complete the course and enjoy their new profession in education.
  • Interviews and selection tasks are based on criteria which lead to sound judgments of the entrant’s subject knowledge and general suitability for teaching.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

Should any applicants have any disabilities or additional needs, please contact Anna Herdman with any specific disability access requirements - each applicant and member of staff is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact this training provider

07842 318153
Old Durham Road
Tyne & Wear

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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