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Shiremoor Primary School Partnership School Direct Primary (24J4)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

During this year long programme candidates gain a full insight into school life a spending the majority of time in school. In term one candidates attend university sessions at Coach Lane Campus approximately once a fortnight in preparation for the three academic assignments which are completed over the course of the programme. In terms two and three these sessions reduce and are less frequent as the trainees’ teaching commitment increases. The trainee year is organised into three assessed placements. Trainees begin in a home school with a designated class and mentor. Trainees are based there for the term teaching up to a 60% timetable. In term two trainees under take a second assessed placement for 6 weeks in an alternate key stage and setting. This fulfils the requirement for QTS and allows trainees to broaden their developing skill set further teaching up to a 70% timetable. In the final third of the year trainees return to their home school and class to complete their final assessed placement.

School placements

Candidates are matched to placement schools following interview by the alliance headteachers. Travel circumstances of candidates and previous experience are factors taken into consideration.

All placements are in first or primary schools within the partnership. Trainees will have three assessed placements in at least two different schools. The placements will be in alternative key stages and where possible, in varied and contrasting settings.

When not attending university sessions, trainees will be in school or attending partnership training sessions. During these sessions trainees visit different school settings and are given focussed curriculum based training.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

GCSE Maths Grade C or higher GCSE English Grade C or higher GCSE Science Grade C or higher

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.

Other requirements

A DBS Enhanced Certificate and satisfactory health check are required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Shiremoor Primary works with an alliance of schools from North East England with a long history of involvement in Initial Teacher Training.

A team of highly skilled practitioners including regional system leaders and National Leaders of Education lead the training programme which ensures a range of opportunities for all trainees to broaden the skills knowledge and understanding of primary education. Throughout the course opportunities are also provided to visit a range of settings ensuring participants have many chances to network with a range of professionals and gain further experiences.

There are high rates of employment for graduates of the programme who are well-regarded due to the high quality training, mentoring and support they have received.

Shiremoor Primary offer placements in a range of primary schools. Our bespoke programme has some further particularly appealing features such as schools with real specialisms for example forest and beach schools, STEM, behaviour management, physical education and ICT.

All our trainees receive competent guidance and support through it the on year training programme so that they exit the course with high levels of confidence and independence ready to be part of the teaching profession. All trainees are given a laptop to use throughout the year and have access to IT support weekly.

Interview process

Interviews usually take place at the Lead School in the partnership, Shiremoor Primary School. Candidates are asked to prepare a short task which they deliver to children whilst being observe by school personnel. Following this candidates are interviewed by a small panel of representatives from the alliance school who determine whether candidates would be a suitable match for one of the placements on offer.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Shiremoor Primary School Alliance works alongside Northumbria University to offer additional support and advice where an applicant or participant identifies an additional need or special circumstance.

Contact this training provider

Shiremoor Primary School
Stanton Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

Support and advice

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