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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

During this year long programme candidates gain a full insight into school life after 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 Headteacher panel. Travel circumstances of candidates and previous experience are factors taken into consideration.

All placements are in 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

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 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, maths or science.

Other requirements

A DBS Enhanced Certificate and satisfactory health check are required.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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 Headteacher representatives who determine whether candidates would be a suitable match for one of the placements on offer.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also 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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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