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University of Northumbria at Newcastle Primary (5-11) (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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This course is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops to provide you with opportunities to develop your theory and practical skills, whilst reflecting on your school-based experiences. Placements will form a large part of your learning and throughout the duration of your course you will undertake two assessed placements within our partnership schools. Arranged by Northumbria University, your placements will cover a wide range of activities including group and individual tasks, observation and the planning and delivery of lessons.

This course is assessed via a range of methods that include written assignments (at Level 6 & 7), presentations, reflective personal portfolios and school-based assessments related to the planning and conduct of teaching a lesson. These methods will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the requirements to achieve PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status, aligned to the Teachers’ Standards 2012.

For full details of the course content please visit our website at PGCE Primary Education

School placements

You will spend most of your time in school in both non-assessed and assessed placements

Initial Paired Placement (Non-Assessed): This is a 6 week placement that takes place in School A during November/ December.

First Assessed Placement: This is a 5 week placement also in School A during January/February

Final Assessed Placement: This is a 10 week placement in School B during April - June

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants should normally have:

A 2:1 honours degree, or a recognised equivalent qualification. GCSE grade 4 (C) or above in English Language, Mathematics and a Science.

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

Although not compulsory, any prior experience in supporting the educational opportunities of children in the 3-11 year age range is desirable.

Personal qualities

Candidates should have a genuine desire to support primary aged children to reach their potential. They should
(*) have good interpersonal skills (*) have a positive outlook (*) be resilient (*) have a flexible approach (*) enjoy challenge (*) be able to cope with change

Other requirements

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

Although not compulsory, any prior experience in supporting the educational opportunities of children in the 3-11 year age range is desirable.

Fees and financial support

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

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

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 9th 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.

Interview process

All candidates are interviewed before a place on the course can be offered.

Interviews all take place at the University Coach Lane Campus and last either a morning or an afternoon, you will only be required to attend one interview.

The interview session has three parts, an information session including an opportunity to ask questions. A group interview - you will be in a group of 6-8 candidates and will be interviewed by a member of the academic team form university and a member of staff from one of our partnership schools. The final part is an individual interview.

You will be expected to take part in tasks and activities but you will be given time on the day to prepare these. You do not have to bring anything prepared with you and there are no tests as part of the interview process.

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 this training provider

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

Support and advice

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