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North Tyneside SCITT Primary (2C4L)

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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The North Tyneside School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme provides a practical introduction into primary teaching, awarding trainees with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Our programme is the best way to train if you’re looking for lots of practical, hands-on experience, and want to benefit from the expertise of teachers on the ground. Our unique and distinctive training will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a highly effective primary school teacher.

We offer training specialising in early years; foundation stage and key stage one (3-7 year olds). The award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is validated by Northumbria University.

The programme offers you the chance to train within a professional environment and incorporates training sessions based within North Tyneside’s School Improvement Service and in a variety of our partnership schools.

For the duration of the programme you will be based at The Langdale Centre in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear and is located just off the A1058 Coast Road, in close proximity to the Silverlink Retail Park and within walking distance of Howdon Metro station.

You’ll be part of a small cohort which means we can offer you personalised support tailored to your needs, and really nurture and support your professional development. The course offers many layers of professional guidance both whilst centre-based and in schools to support and enable students to become highly effective primary teachers.

The programme is structured around four distinct but inter-related modules. The four modules are:

  • Reflective Primary Teacher
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Critical Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Placements

A key strength of the programme is that the practical and taught elements are strongly linked. Each week trainees spend time in schools in addition to assessed block placements; this enables the taught the taught elements of the course to be firmly grounded in classroom experience.

The programme has no formal examinations. Instead you will be assessed through written assignments and practical work in school. The assessed school placements represent a vital component of this assessment.

The standards for Qualified Teacher Status require you to be successful in all areas, and from the outset you will be involved in auditing your own learning and setting targets for your own professional development.

School placements

The SCITT offers guaranteed placements within our North Tyneside partnership schools where you’ll get practical, hands-on classroom experience and train alongside some really inspiring teachers.

You will undertake three block placements throughout the year within foundation stage and key stage one. Placements are confirmed once the course starts and are allocated based on specific elements such as locality, transport and other additional needs.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

You must possess a 2:2 degree classification or above from a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification. It is also a requirement that you have a GCSE grade C/4 or above in mathematics, English language and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications (please contact the SCITT office for clarification as to which equivalent qualifications are accepted) prior to commencement of the course. We will also accept equivalencies from

Personal qualities

When completing your application form you must include within your personal statement the reason(s) and motivation as to why you wish to teach primary aged children.

We will also need details of all recent and relevant experience with children (length of time and dates need to be included). We are particularly interested in your experience with children in the key stages you are looking to train in. We however understand that due to COVID-19 this may not be possible. Your application will not be rejected on the basis of not having any school experience.

Other requirements

As teaching involves working with children on a daily basis we strongly recommend that you have had at least 5 days recent and relevant experience of working with primary aged children in mainstream UK schools within the key stages you are looking to train in prior to interview. This experience will strengthen your application and should be detailed within your personal statement.

All offers are conditional upon you obtaining a satisfactory health check, enhanced DBS check and reference checks. These checks will be done once you have accepted your offer of a place.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

About the training provider

Our highly successful programme combines high quality, extensive classroom experience with expert guidance and continues to be judged as Outstanding by OFSTED (2015). “Outstanding school and centre-based training, which draws on the passion and expertise of school-based colleagues and members of the local authority’s school improvement service to ensure trainees are very well prepared for employment.”(OFSTED 2015)

More than 90% of our trainees are recommended for QTS each year and the majority of our graduates go straight into teaching jobs in local schools. In our 2020 student satisfaction survey, all (100%) of our completing graduates said they would recommend the SCITT to others and were satisfied with the overall design, structure and content of the taught programme.

The course is constructed around a partnership of over 30 primary and first schools in North Tyneside and North Tyneside Council’s School Improvement Service.

The Langdale Centre is a high quality, bespoke professional training and development centre and is the base for the North Tyneside Early Years and Primary advisers, consultants and inspectors of the North Tyneside School Improvement Service. You will receive centre-based training from our experienced and passionate school improvement advisory team and other primary professionals. In addition the SCITT offers the following facilities to our trainees:

  • Free printing and photocopying
  • Free WiFi
  • Use of laptop and IT equipment for the duration of the course
  • SCITT common room
  • A high quality restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Free access to North Tyneside Council’s Schools Library Service

Interview process

Due to the current climate successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview via Microsoft Teams. 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. School staff and SCITT tutors are members of the interviewing panel. The roll out of the interview day and tasks to be completed will be detailed within correspondence prior to the interview.

Whilst ensuring that we can provide the conditions and training required, you must be prepared to demonstrate an outstanding potential to train as a primary teacher and your 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.

Interview results are communicated as soon as possible after the interview takes place. However any offer is conditional upon sight of original qualification certificates, receipt of a satisfactory medical health check, enhanced DBS check as well as a full work history and referencing check.

Training with disabilities and other needs

North Tyneside SCITT welcomes applications from trainees with disabilities and other needs. The SCITT is committed to ensuring that all trainees have the same opportunities to access centre-based and school-based training and will receive tailored support in order to meet their needs.

The Langdale Centre where the SCITT is primarily based is equipped with disabled access and facilities.

Contact this training provider

0191 643 8855
North Tyneside SCITT
Langdale Centre, Langdale Gardens
Tyne and Wear
NE28 0HG

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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