St Thomas More Catholic School Primary (2TYH)

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


Course summary

Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. This course aims to develop your pedagogical skills and knowledge in all aspects of the relevant curriculum, ensuring you have the very best start on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher. Your studies will consider all aspects of teaching including: educational theory, behaviour management, assessment, pedagogy, pastoral care and a host of other areas specific to your teaching phase and discipline. The programme aims to develop your skills progressively over the year. The training starts with observations of expert teachers over the first half term, progressing to you taking greater and more responsibility for classes as your confidence develops. Over the three terms you will go from observing lessons, to leading your own classes, guided and supported at every stage as you develop your skills. By the summer term you will be delivering up to 80% of an NQT’s timetable fully prepared for your first job! You will have two contrasting school placements during your training year. Each trainee teacher will have their own experienced classroom practitioner within both schools, who will be assigned as their individual mentor. A Professional Tutor responsible for school based pedagogical training will be based in all partnership schools. Central training will take place at Sacred Heart and at Newcastle University both of which provide an extremely high standard of facilities, including resources and IT provision. Each trainee will also be assigned a centrally based SCITT Tutor who will visit them in their school setting on a half termly basis and assess their progress.

School placements

You will spend the majority of your training year in one school placement. Here you will have the opportunity to establish yourself as part of the team within the department and the school, as well as building rapport with the students as you build up a teaching timetable. You will be supported in organising a short second school placement at another school, ensuring that the mentoring will be of equal quality. You will begin by observing lessons, supporting the classroom teacher and you will slowly build up a teaching timetable, with free periods for reflective practise and feedback.


You can select one of the following locations 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 - St Thomas More, Blaydon
Croftdale Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 4BQ
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, Newcastle upon Tyne, 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 and 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 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, 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, 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 Matthews Catholic Primary School
Highfield Lane , Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6EY
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, Flint Hill, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 9BB
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Langley Moor
Goatbeck Terrace, Langley Moor, Consett, County 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 Ford Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 0DJ
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School - Gateshead
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 1LR
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, maths or science.

Other requirements

Pass the professional skills tests. Whilst we would not wish to be prescriptive in the amount of experience an applicant must have spent in schools before applying, no application will be accepted where no recent, relevant experience has been gained. As a guide, 10 school ‘days’ may be taken as sufficient.

Fees and financial support

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

About the training provider

St Thomas More Catholic School has recently been judged as outstanding in all areas. The school was one of the first in England to be designated a Teaching School by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. Our Teaching School partnership consists of a number of primary and secondary schools in the Newcastle and Gateshead area. Each school has extensive experience of working with student teachers, and can provide excellent school placement opportunities. All schools have exceptionally good student behaviour and outstanding practice in Teaching and Learning. We can offer you an exciting opportunity to train as a teacher, to gain valuable knowledge, skills and develop professional attributes in an outstanding school.

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 so that we can make any accessibility arrangements as each applicant and member of staff is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact this training provider

Croftdale Road
Tyne and Wear
NE21 4BQ

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.

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