School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Teacher Training

Teacher Training

Inspiring teachers; changing lives and building futures

For those seeking a one-year full-time course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). We offer three courses:

  • Primary PGCE - teaching pupils five to 11 years of age
  • Secondary PGCEage range 11-16 with Sixth form enhancement
  • School Direct with Newcastle University PGCE - Options for primary teaching and secondary teaching (age range 11-16 with sixth form enhancement and specialist subjects age range 14-19) across a range of subjects, with recruitment by our School Direct partner schools

Course structure

All PGCE routes (including School Direct) provide rigorous on-the-job training with at least 2/3 of the programme spent in schools. University and school-based components are integrated so that learning becomes relevant and put into practice to enable your development as a confident and capable teacher.

You will register for the PGCE and take Master's level modules throughout your year in training.

At the end of the year, if you have successfully passed all components, you can either:

  • graduate with PGCE (60 Masters credits) and Qualified teacher Status (QTS)
  • or carry on to year two of the MEd part-time, while in your first teaching year

In order to attain the MEd you will need to acquire 180 credits during the three years.

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, 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.

We offer several options for gaining Qualified Teacher Status through our PGCE qualifications. Photo by Simon Veit-Wilson
We offer several options for gaining Qualified Teacher Status through our PGCE qualifications.