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) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

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

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

On 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 and 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, physical, cultural, and social development. 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 over 120 days of your course in, typically, five different schools. This will give you a wide breadth of experience, which you will be able to share, reflect on and discuss with other trainees. We pride ourselves on the personal support given to our trainee teachers throughout the course.

Unlike most other providers, we offer our trainees a number of innovative and highly regarded pedagogical approaches on our course:Philosophy for Children is provided as part of the programme and all trainee teachers are given training in the mantle of the Expert

Our trainee teachers achieve excellent results and rate our course very highly: in 2017-18, for example, most trainees demonstrated a high level of achievement with the potential to be Outstanding, with the remainder graded as Good. Our employability rate is high with the majority of our trainee teachers securing employment by the end of the course.

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:

  • a small amount of teaching
  • written task
  • mathematics task
  • individual interview

A baseline assessment of your literacy and numeracy skills will be conducted both as part of the selection process and pre-course, this will be used to inform us of your particular strengths, and areas for development that we will support you with during the PGCE. 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.

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.

How school placements work

You will spend over 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. A number of students each year gain employment in the school where they have trained. Trainees experience a balance of teaching across both Key Stages (KS) 1 and 2. Placements are organised centrally based on the placements allocated by our partnership schools. The pattern of 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.

Progress and performance are based on the Teachers’ Standards required for Qualified Teacher Status, and judgements reflect progress made over time rather than in any one-off lesson. Judgements are made on the basis of:

  • Observations of trainees
  • Scrutiny of trainees' school based files
  • Weekly tutorials 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 enquiries
  • Weekly mentor meetings with school based tutors
  • Regular observation and feedback by mentors.


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

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

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.

Financial support from the training provider

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



Candidates for the PGCE should have:

  • 2.2 Honours degree or above in any subject.
  • Good GCSE results and A level results, with GCSE or O Level passes (grades A-C) in English Language, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications.

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).

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’

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 details

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


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