University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Primary (X100)

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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
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About the course

The Newcastle Primary PGCE course allows you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 credits towards a Master’s degree. This is an M level course with a duration of approximately 10 months full time.

Throughout our course, you will not only acquire a wide repertoire of teaching strategies, but you will also develop the skills, understanding and attitudes necessary to critically enquire into education, learning and teaching. In your development as a trainee teacher, you will become a researcher who is able to unite theory and practice, and who understands classroom practice within the wider socio-cultural, political and moral contexts of education. Our trainee teachers develop as thinking and transformative professionals and as confident communicators who can look forward to contributing positively to the teaching profession.

Central to the course is a consideration of the educational needs of children in relation to their intellectual, physical, cultural and social development. We also offer our trainees a number of innovative and highly regarded pedagogical approaches as part of the programme, for example Philosophy for Children. The development of an understanding of the diversity of pupils’ needs, social justice and ways in which education can maximise equity for all pupils are key elements of the course and provision for pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) is rated very highly by our students. Our trainee teachers have the opportunity to work towards the prestigious IEDP award, accredited by the Institute for Equality and Diversity

We work in close partnership with schools in Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland and you will spend approximately 120 days of your course, typically in three different schools. This will give you a wide breadth of experience, which you will be able to share, reflect on and discuss with tutors and other trainees. We pride ourselves on the personal support given to our trainee teachers throughout the course.

Our trainee teachers achieve excellent results and rate our course very highly. By the end of the programme, most trainees demonstrate a high level of achievement, with the potential to be Outstanding. The majority of our trainee teachers secure employment, often within a school where they have trained.

School placements

You will spend approximately 120 days of the PGCE year in a number of partnership schools. These placements include periods of teaching practice where school and university staff supervise progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. Time is also spent learning about Diversity and Equality issues and Special Educational Needs in schools. The close integration of school-based experience and university based sessions is a powerful feature of the course and is achieved through close and collegiate working between staff across the sectors. Trainees experience a balance of teaching across both Key Stages (KS) 1 and 2. Placements are organised centrally based on the placements offered by our partnership schools. A typical pattern of school experience is as follows:

  • Term 1 Trainees in school for approximately 8 weeks;
  • Term 2 Trainees in school for approximately 7 weeks;
  • Term 3 Trainees in school for approximately 9 weeks.

Judgments about trainee teachers’ progress and performance in the Teachers’ Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status, are made over time. The quality of trainee teachers’ teaching will be judged through evidence of their impact on the learning and progress of pupils over time.

During the programme, you will build bundles of evidence drawing upon:

  • Formal observations of your teaching;
  • Your school-based files, including planning and assessment data;
  • Weekly tutorial meetings with school-based mentors;
  • Action Planning and Target Setting.

School based training involves:

  • Observation of teaching and learning;
  • Teaching individual pupils, small groups of pupils and whole class teaching;
  • Specific school-based learning enquiries;
  • Weekly mentor meetings with school based tutors;
  • Regular observation and feedback by mentors.

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.

Personal qualities

Candidates should possess a genuine enthusiasm to teach primary-aged children and demonstrate a positive, proactive and professional approach to work. Candidates should have the ability to communicate effectively and engagingly.

Other requirements

On accepting the offer of a place, you must apply to the Disclosure & Barring Service ( DBS) for an enhanced disclosure and complete a declaration of health for entry to teacher training (further details will be provided by the university).

Fees and financial support

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

Please check Newcastle University’s website for details of fees and funding.

Financial support from the training provider

Please check Newcastle University’s website for details of fees and funding.

About the training provider

The PGCE Team pride ourselves on providing our students with an excellent standard of education, training and practical teaching experience and are delighted that Newcastle university achieved A Gold Award, in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), evidencing that Newcastle University consistently delivers outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes, for our students. Similarly, we were given a ‘judgement of Confidence by the The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). We also pride ourselves personal support we give to our students and you will have full access to the extensive services of the ‘Student Support Service’.

Newcastle University has a reputation for world-class research (16th in the UK) and the PGCE team work closely with our colleagues to ensure our subject and professional programmes are research led and well informed.

Our PGCE programme, rated Good by Ofsted in 2017, provides rigorous academic and school training. University and school-based components are integrated so that learning is relevant to your practice and development as a confident and capable teacher. To support you, you will have access to a wide range of study facilities, including all relevant course materials , a well-stocked Education Resource Centre and the comprehensive facilities of the university. You will also have full access to the extensive services of the ‘Student Support Service’

Interview process

Under Department for Education regulations, the University is unable to offer places on its PGCE courses without a selection process that includes a personal interview. The selection day consists of:

  • a small amount of teaching;
  • a written task;
  • a mathematics task;
  • an individual interview.

In common with all initial teacher training providers, by the end of the course, you will need to show competency in both numeracy and literacy in line with the DfE guidance. A baseline assessment of your literacy and numeracy skills will be conducted as part of the selection process. This will be used to inform us of your particular strengths and areas for development that you will need to address during the PGCE.

Classroom experience is advantageous so, where possible, we recommend applicants spend time working and/or observing in a UK primary classroom in England, as experience will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process.

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

The PGCE Team welcome applications from students with disabilities. Advice, information and guidance is available from the university Student Support Services, who liaise with us over students’ support requirements, and may liaise with external agencies where appropriate. Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) is a non-means tested grant available to U.K. disabled students who are applying for, or are attending, a course of Higher Education. There are specific eligibility conditions related to residence in the UK, which have to be met to qualify for this funding. DSA allowance covers some additional study-related costs that students will incur because of a disability, ongoing medical condition or mental health condition. Extra costs may include specialist equipment, a non-medical helper or travel costs. If you are invited to an interview for PGCE is often a good opportunity to arrange to meet with one of the Disability Advisers, to talk about your support requirements.

Contact this training provider

0191 208 6017
Level 3
King's Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne

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).

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