North Tyneside SCITT Primary (5-11) (2ZPF)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

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


Course summary

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 the 5-11 years old age range based within key stage one and key stage two. 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 supportive and developmental training opportunities based within North Tyneside’s School Improvement Service and in a variety of our partnership schools.

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 (Core Subjects)
  • Critical Curriculum Studies (Foundation Subjects)
  • 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 school placements; this enables the taught the taught elements of the course to be firmly grounded in classroom experience. Our expert mentors in schools work closely to ensure a bespoke and developmental experience for all our trainees.

The programme has no formal examinations. Instead, you will be assessed through written assignments and practical work in schools. The school placements represent a vital component towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The standards for QTS require you to be successful in all areas, and from the outset you will be involved in reflecting upon your own learning and setting targets for your 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 extended placements in different schools where you will develop and refine your skills working with the 5-11 age range. Placements are confirmed once the course starts and are allocated based on specific elements such as locality, transport and other additional needs.

Each school has experienced mentors who offer support, advice and guidance and who will oversee each placement.

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.

We will accept equivalency tests from third parties. For further information please contact the SCITT office via e-mail at or via telephone at 0191 643 8855.

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 any 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 age phase you are looking to train in. We however understand that obtaining school experience may not be possible. Therefore your application will not be rejected on this basis.

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 age phase 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 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

With regards to the funding available, you will need to visit the Student Finance Direct Gov website. Here they offer a lot of advice and other links which may be useful. Student Finance will look at providing the loan to cover the tuition fee. In addition they will also look at providing additional funding for you throughout the year however this will all depend upon your circumstances.

If you are self-funding the course, payment arrangements can be made directly with North Tyneside SCITT.

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)

In our 2022 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 our initial teacher education (ITE) curriculum and taught programme.

The course is constructed around a partnership of over 20 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 School Improvement Team for North Tyneside’s Early Years and School Improvement Service. You will receive extensive training from our experienced and passionate experts in their field. In addition, the SCITT offers the following facilities to our trainees:

  • Free printing and photocopying
  • Free WiFi
  • Use of IT equipment for the duration of the course
  • SCITT common room
  • A high quality restaurant
  • Free parking

Interview process

All interviews for North Tyneside SCITT will be held in our partnership schools, this gives applicants the opportunity to find out about our programme first hand from head teachers, expert mentors and trainees in schools. Candidates will be required to undertake a variety of tasks during the day such as:

  • Observation task working with a small group of children
  • Maths task
  • English task
  • Formal interview

School staff and SCITT tutors are members of the interviewing panel. Further information regarding 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 a strong 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.

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

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

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.

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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