University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Art and Design (W1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Bursary or 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

The course has two main components; school based placements in two contrasting schools and an arranged timetable of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials enrichment days, studio days and project days. The arranged timetable explores four main areas: professional knowledge and generic educational practice; art education practice and knowledge; art education skills and knowledge; and art education research, theory and philosophy. Enabling you to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical understanding. Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops will provide you with opportunities to reflect on your school-based experience and develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practice and formal theory. Your learning will be situated in your distinct cohort and ‘community of practice’ where experiential, collaborative and individualised strategies will enable you to develop the personal, professional and transferable skills associated with outstanding newly qualified teachers.

The expertise and experience of the Programme Team together with visiting professionals in leadership roles and at the forefront of outstanding practice will ensure your learning is grounded in current best practice. In addition to tutor led sessions you will be directed and supported in your individual study as you seek to develop a critical and well-informed understanding of the nature of secondary education in contemporary society. You will be encouraged to make full use of established social and professional networking tools in addition to the online resources provided by the University to enhance your learning and support your academic and professional development

You’ll be assessed using a variety of strategies including written assignments (at Level 6 and 7), presentations and reflective professional portfolios. You’ll also undergo in-school assessment of your professional conduct and the planning and teaching of lessons.

This assessment enables you to have the maximum impact on pupil progress and demonstrate that you meet the requirements to be awarded a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aligned to the Teachers’ Standards 2012.

To view full details of the course please visit our website Secondary Art, Craft and Design

Interview process

All candidates will be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

Interviews are conducted by a combination of university based academic staff and school based partnership staff. They usually take place in one of our partnership schools.

You will not have to sit any tests on the day of your interview and we would normally only expect you to attend one interview.

How school placements work

You’ll spend the majority of your time (a minimum of 120 days) in two contrasting secondary school placements, with the remaining time at Northumbria University or at sites including museums, galleries, studios and workshops. Thanks to our exclusive partnership with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, you’ll also have access to BALTIC’s extensive library and archive.

Placements enable you to develop into effective, independent, critical and professional secondary art, craft and design teachers in who are able to demonstrate by the end of the course that you have met the Teachers’ Standards to a level appropriate to be recommended for qualified teacher status. Your practice will demonstrate that you are able to combine theoretical understanding with practice to support your actual classroom delivery. You will understand and track not only your strengths but also your targets and work with your subject mentor, professional mentor, link tutor and programme leader to achieve those targets and make impacts on your pupils’ learning and for your own continuing professional development.

The educational placement settings will give you a full range of experiences across the age range at the key stages 3 and four as well as post 16 and primary stages. University tutors and school-based mentors will liaise to support you in the development of your practical teaching experiences. You will progress from observation through collaborative working with the educational professionals to independence as a teacher developing appropriate learning opportunities and having an impact on pupil progress and wider pupil learning.

Placement 1 will be formally assessed on a pass/ fail basis in each element with formative assessment continuously to support target setting and achievement progression to the next Placement 2. The same cycle of learning will take place in Placement 2 enabling you to continuously build a portfolio of evidence showing how you are meeting the Teachers Standards while receiving formative feedback to understand where you are and how to improve. This portfolio will then travel with you in to your first year as a newly qualified teacher where you will continue the practice.


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

The main additional expense is the cost of travelling to your placement schools.

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £9,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.

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.



Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 (upper second class) honours degree in a relevant art and design discipline, or an equivalent qualification containing a significant art element of appropriate level and scope.

GCSE grade C (or University recognised equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics.

All offers of places on this course are subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure and Health Clearance.

Prior experience in supporting the educational opportunities of children in secondary education is desirable.

Personal qualities

Candidates should have a genuine desire to share your passion for art and to support children to reach their potential in this subject. They should
(*) have good interpersonal skills (*) have a positive outlook (*) be resilient (*) have a flexible approach (*) enjoy challenge (*) be able to cope with change

About the training provider

Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne,( a ‘new kind of excellent University’ has a long history of Teacher Education. Situated at the Coach Lane Campus you will be training in a professional environment with students from a range of other disciplines such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

We are ranked 6th in the country for Undergraduate Teacher Training and in the top 20 for Post Graduate Teacher Training in the Smithers (2017) Good Teacher Training Guide, and 11th in the Guardian University Guide and are an Ofsted Good Initial Teacher Training Provider.

We offer the following PGCE Initial Teacher Training programmes PGCE Primary Education. This is an intensive programme over one year with at least 120 days spent in school and approximately 45 days training in University. School based training is based in one of our Partnership Schools (around 700 from Berwick to the Tees) The age focus is 5-11 years.

PGCE Early Primary Education A 2 year, part-time, distance learning programme. This programme can enable students to continue to work of fulfil caring responsibilities while training. Wed-based materials, bi-yearly study weekends and school based experiences support your training. The age focus is 3-7 years.

PGCE Secondary Art, Craft and Design Education. This is an intensive programme over one year with at least 120 days spent in school and approximately 45 days training in University. School based training is based in one of our Partnership Schools. The age focus is 11-18 years.

Training with disabilities and other needs

As part of a large University all students have access to a wide range of support services and specialist advice and guidance while studying. The University has a Student Support and Wellbeing Team All who have a remit to support students whatever their need. Students who have a specific long term additional need can be assessed via the DSSR process. This ensures that the tutors who work with you know about your needs and are able to make adjustments to ensure that potential barriers to you reaching your potential are reduced or removed. The following are examples of support that students have been able to access

(* ) extra time for exams, presentations and extensions to hand-in dates (* ) material in large font (* ) permission to make a audio recording of lectures

The following video highlights the main features of the University Student Support and Wellbeing Services and gives a flavour of the services offered (

In the past students with physical, visual and hearing impairments, students with dyslexia and dyscalculia, and students with a range of mental health issues have all been supported to complete their training successfully.

Contact details

0191 406 0901
Pandon Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear


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