University of Northumbria at Newcastle Primary (5-11) (X100)

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

This course is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops to provide you with opportunities to develop your understanding of 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 usually a 9 week placement that takes place in School A from October-December.

First Assessed Placement: This is usually a 9 week placement also in School A during January and February

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

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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Please note, equivalency tests must be passed, prior to your application. We approve equivalency tests from Applicants are responsible for funding these tests.

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 5-11 year age range is desirable.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 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.

By Ofsted, we are judged to be a 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.

Interview process

All candidates are interviewed for a place on the course.

You will have a single online group interview with members of the academic team and often colleagues from one of our partnership schools. You can expect your interview to last approximately 60 minutes.

There will be a reading task as part of this interview. You will need to select a poem which you think would be suitable to share with children within the primary age range. As part of the interview you will be asked to share it, or a section of it, to your interviewer/s, as though you were sharing with a group of children. You need to also be prepared to discuss how you might use this poem to address an area of the National Curriculum.

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 for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

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

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

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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