Gateshead Primary SCITT
Primary (34RJ)

PGCE with QTS full time

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.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Gateshead Primary SCITT is a one year, full-time course which trains approximately 30 trainees each year. Trainees can choose whether to specialise in Early Years and Key Stage one (ages 3-7) or Key Stages one and two (ages 5-11). Your academic studies provide an opportunity for you to explore topics in greater depth. Regular assignments of varying length are set throughout the course and full tutorial support is given. You will be assessed against Masters level criteria leading to Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits at Master’s Level. Our PGCE is validated by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Our centre-based training sessions are delivered by experienced teachers, advisors and lecturers. Throughout the course, theory and practice are closely linked.

Trainees spend approximately 120 days in schools, putting the theory they have learned in centre-based training into practice. Trainees will experience at least two different schools, and are carefully matched with their placement schools to ensure their individual needs are met.

Trainees must demonstrate competence against all of the QTS standards. A detailed file of evidence is submitted for final assessment which demonstrates how trainees have met the standards for QTS. Evidence is gained as work is carried out in the classroom or around the setting.

Interview process

We make our decisions to offer a place based on your enthusiasm, aptitude and commitment to teaching as demonstrated by your application form, qualifications, reference and performance at the interview.

Your Personal Statement forms a key part of the initial selection process. This not only provides you with an opportunity to evidence your ability to communicate clearly and accurately in writing, but also is where you can draw attention to those personal skills and qualities which you believe make you suitable for working within the Primary phase

Successful applicants will initially be invited to attend an interview day at a SCITT partnership school. During the interview process candidates will receive further information about the course. Candidates will also be required to undertake a series of short tasks and a formal interview.

Whilst ensuring that we can provide the conditions and training required, trainees must be prepared to demonstrate their own suitability for an offer of a place. The SCITT has thorough and rigorous selection procedures to ensure that the strongest applicants are offered places on the programme. Applicants must demonstrate a potential to train as a primary teacher.

Any offer is conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory medical report, police clearance and sight of original qualification certificates.

How school placements work

Placement Schools Gateshead Primary SCITT provides you with all of your placement schools enabling you the trainee to concentrate fully on achieving your PGCE. At the beginning of the course you are allocated a Professional Tutor who will introduce you to school life and help you work your way through the teachers standards, allowing you to develop your lesson planning, teaching and evaluation and actively participating in classroom teaching working towards 80% teaching time in your final placement.

SEN Placement Working in partnership with our outstanding SEN schools, trainees have the opportunity to experience and observe teaching and learning in a short placement. Working in small groups you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of how barriers to learning are overcome and what best practice means.

EAL Placement Delivered by an EAL expert and headteacher of an outstanding setting, you will experience first hand the challenges and opportunities of teaching pupils with EAL. Trainees have the opportunity to observe and support teachers and pupils in this diverse and inspiring placement.

Enhancement Placement A unique element to the course is the opportunity to be involved in a bespoke subject enhancement placement. Working with senior leaders you will identify an aspect of whole school improvement and will experience working with staff to undertake small scale action research linked to a level 7 masters assignment. Trainees share ‘best practice’ in a conference event attended by all participants of partnership schools.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £9,250

Tuition fees for the PGCE course are £9250. If you are from the UK, you should be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees, available through Student Finance England.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



We seek candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and require the following qualifications upon application:

  • A honours degree, class 2:2 or higher, awarded by a UK university.
  • GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above If you have studied outside of the UK, you must apply for a Certificate of Comparability from NARIC (the National Academic Recognition Information Centre) to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent and acceptable for entry.

Personal qualities

Teaching is a demanding but fulfilling profession. To succeed in it you need to possess and/or develop a number of key values, dispositions, skills and aptitudes. You must: have strong subject knowledge and understanding; have enthusiasm for teaching and a commitment to the educational process; be able to communicate sensitively and effectively with others and work constructively with them; have the will and capacity to engage in critical self-evaluation, learn from and with others, and engage in continuous professional development.

Other requirements

Statutory guidance requires that teacher training providers ensure that entrants on all routes have been subject to DBS criminal records checks.

Applicants offered a place will need to complete a DBS application prior to commencement of the programme.

Successful applicants will be asked to confirm in writing that neither they nor, as far as they are aware, members of their household are disqualified from teaching.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a health questionnaire designed to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.

About the training provider

Gateshead Primary SCITT welcomes visitors. Please contact us via email at to arrange a visit.

Our record of trainees gaining employment once qualified is outstanding. We offer employment workshops to help you complete application forms and work on your interview technique.

Gateshead Primary SCITT provides the opportunity for you to gain Qualified Teacher Status and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) through School Centred Initial Teacher Training in primary schools and nursery schools in Gateshead and the North East.

The Gateshead Primary SCITT offers:

  • Qualified teacher status
  • A Professional or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • All trainees are registered for the PGCE with Northumbria University
  • The opportunity to gain 60 credits towards a Masters qualification
  • A one year training course
  • High quality Initial Teacher Training
  • The opportunity to train within excellent schools
  • High quality school based experiences within the North East region

The consortium of schools involved with this Initial Teacher Training Course have a high level of expertise and strong commitment to delivering high quality teacher training. The lead school, Lobley Hill Primary has extensive experience in Initial Teacher Training, working in partnership with other North East schools, Northumbria University and Gateshead Council. Gateshead is one of the best performing Local Education Authorities, Northumbria University has an outstanding reputation within teacher education.

Training with disabilities and other needs

All schools within the Gateshead Primary SCITT partnership are fully accessible. Please contact with any access requirements.

Contact details

0191 433 4081
Lobley Hill Primary School
Rothbury Gardens
Tyne & Wear
NE11 0AT


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