Primary PGCE

Duration: 10 months full time

***Scholarships available including 20% Alumni discount***

The Course

The Newcastle Primary PGCE course is an M level course with a duration of 10 months full time.  This course allows you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 credits towards a Master’s degree, such as our MEd Practitioner Enquiry.

We believe learning is an adventure: we aim for our students to have the ability to enthuse children with their own love of learning. On our course you will not only acquire a wide repertoire of teaching strategies, but you will also  develop the skills, understanding and attitudes necessary to  critically enquire into education and learning and teaching. In your development as a teacher you will become a researcher who is able to unite theory and practice, and who understands classroom practice within the wider socio-cultural, political and moral contexts of education. Our students develop as thinking and transformative professionals and as confident communicators who can look forward to contributing positively to the teaching profession and work well with others.

Central to the course is a consideration of the educational needs of children in relation to their intellectual, physical, cultural, and social development. The development of an understanding of the diversity of pupils' needs, social justice, and ways in which education can maximise equity for all pupils are key elements of the course. Provision for pupils with English as an Additional Language is particularly rated very highly by our students, and our students are, uniquely, given the opportunity to work towards the prestigious IEDP award, accredited by the Institute for Equality and Diversity

We work in close partnership with schools on Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland, and you will spend 120 days of your course on placement in, typically, five different schools. This will give you a wide breadth of experience, which you will be able to share, reflect on and discuss with other students. We pride ourselves on the personal support given to our students throughout the course.

Unlike most other providers we offer our students a number of innovative and highly regarded pedagogical approaches on our course: a SAPERE level 1 course in Philosophy for Children is provided as part of the programme and all students are given training in the mantle of the Expert

Our students achieve high results and rate our course highly: in 2014-15, for example, 97.5% of our students were graded as Good or having the Potential to be Outstanding, and 100% of them rated our course as Good or Very Good. Our employability rate is good: most of our students tend to have secured employment by the end of the course.

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If you are from a Black or Minority Ethnic background and are thinking of training to become a teacher, but would like advice about the different courses available, the required qualifications, or about how to apply, then you can contact the MERIT project:
Sheba Joseph (MERIT advisor),

Newcastle University is actively committed to equal opportunities and is engaged in research which supports the steps currently being taken by the Teacher Development Agency to increase the diversity of the teaching workforce. It welcomes applications to the PGCE from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, age, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Applicants will need to undergo a DBS disclosure.

Our PGCE students have access to outstanding facilities including:

If you have any queries please contact PGCE Admissions on:

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6581