Courses are currently closed but you can get your application ready

Courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year are closed.

You can start or continue your application to get it ready for courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You’ll be able to find courses from 9am on 4 October 2022 and submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022.

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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
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
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022


Course summary

The majority of your training will be based in school, although some time will be spent at Newcastle University, where part of professional studies aspect of the course will be delivered.

Over the course of the School Direct training year, you will be placed in two schools where you will undertake the actual classroom practice. These placements are chosen to offer you a high-quality, diverse training experience. From the beginning, you will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and CPD training programmes in both training schools.

In each school, you will be allocated an experienced subject mentor who will oversee and monitor your progress and development. They will help introduce you to school life, give you support with lesson planning and preparation, and look at effective classroom practices. Furthermore, you will have weekly meetings with them to reflect on your teaching, with your mentor tailoring their support so that you have a training programme that meets your needs.

During two teaching placements, your progress will be monitored and supported through weekly observations by your mentor or the staff within your department. In addition, you will receive observations from Whitley Bay’s School Direct Team, your school’s Professional Tutor and your University Tutor.

To further support you in becoming an outstanding practitioner, you will participate in a training programme with your School Direct peers. Training will be delivered by Whitley Bay High School’s training team and highly skilled teachers at our Partner Schools, and will cover areas such as: Safeguarding, Literacy, Meeting the needs of different learners, Questioning, Lesson Planning, Behaviour for Learning, Progress and Assessment for Learning, Stretching the most able and Preparing for Interview. In addition, you will receive rigorous support to develop your understanding of subject specific pedagogy.

School placements

If you train with us, you will have two teaching placements in our Partnership of schools, which are conveniently located across the North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland area. Given our locality, we are proud to offer a great diversity of age-ranges in our placement schools: we have First, Primary, Middle, Secondary and High Schools.

Your two placement schools are selected in order to provide you a unique opportunity to experience a diverse and varied range of teaching and learning opportunities and be immersed in schools with very different ethea. Your previous experiences are also taken into account when allocating placement schools. Regardless of where you are placed, highly experienced and inspirational practitioners will design a bespoke training programme, which will allow you to evolve into an outstanding and reflective teacher.

Applicants must be aware that they may be placed in any of our excellent partner schools throughout the training year. We aim to provide a varied teaching experience in a range of different school contexts. All of our schools can be accessed via public transport.

Please visit for the list of schools within our alliance.

You will spend a term in one school and one and a half terms in the other. Secondary trainees will be trained for Key Stage 3 and 4 and you will also be offered Sixth Form experiences in order to develop your teaching skillset and employability. During this time, you will also attend University for approximately one day a week.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

We are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and learning.

Your degree subject should be in History or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, 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

We are looking for dynamic, committed and ambitious trainees with a passion for teaching and learning. You must have a desire to inspire young people and an ability to share and communicate your enthusiasm for your subject. We would expect you to be well-organised, hard-working, empathetic, approachable and resilient. You need to be willing to evaluate your practice and be able to respond to feedback given.

It is desirable that you will have experience of working with children in either a paid or voluntary capacity. It would be advantageous if you have had some school experience.

Other requirements

It is desirable that you are able to tell us about recent experience in a relevant school setting. Your references should be able to tell us about your skills, experience and the contribution you have made within a range of contexts for example: academic, business, educational.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

You can complete your Initial Teacher Training through the Whitley Bay School Direct Teacher Training. We are partnered with a range of inspirational schools that educate young people from Year 1 to Year 13.

Our School Direct programme means you will be in the classroom from day 1, learning first-hand the knowledge and skills needed to become an outstanding teacher. We work in conjunction with Newcastle University and on successful completion of the training year you will be awarded either a Professional Graduate Certificate (Level 6) in Education or a PGCE (Level 7) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We have a national reputation for the quality of our: Teaching and Learning; innovative and rigorous training; and the exceptional levels of support offered for emerging teachers, as captured in the comments below, taken from our latest cohort of newly qualified trainees:

‘The most supportive, insightful group of professionals behind you’ ‘Great range of creative and interesting training in a variety of schools’ ‘Quality of training is phenomenal’ ‘Outstanding - the programme is superb as it is delivered by very experienced and approachable staff who genuinely care about you’ ‘This alliance is at the forefront of teaching and learning’ ‘Employers are keen when they know you’ve trained with Whitley’

Interview process

Whitley Bay High is the lead school in our programme and we will co-ordinate the recruitment process.

You will be asked to prepare a ten-minute presentation on a topic relating to your subject, explaining how you would teach the lesson and make it engaging and challenging. You will also meet with a subject specialist to discuss developments within your subject and your understanding of your subject within a school context.

Our interviews are a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

All offers to train with us are conditional. Conditions may include: a DBS; Fitness to Teach; as well as original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications. You may be required to complete a subject enhancement course (SKE) before your training begins. We also strongly recommend you spend time in school to gain insight into current educational organisations.

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

All schools within the Whitley Bay School Direct Teacher Training are fully accessible. Provision for additional support where needed is provided on site. Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools

Please contact Sharon Armstrong on with any specific disability access requirements.

Contact this training provider

Whitley Bay
Tyne & Wear
NE25 9AS

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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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You’ll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2023 to 2024 academic year from 9am on 4 October 2022
  • submit your application from 9am on 11 October 2022