Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary (with Qualified Teacher Status, QTS)

10 months full time


Please see for details of fees and PGCE funding.

Programme Overview

This intensive PGCE programme will enable you to teach with confidence and competence throughout the primary age range.


The PGCE covers the 5–11 age range. We have a number of places for primary French specialists.

The programme consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. More than half your time (24 weeks) will be spent in schools to build your confidence and competence as a classroom practitioner. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum in school. You will cover: art; design and technology; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; mathematics; music; physical education; religious education; and science.

In order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you must demonstrate compliance with all the specified standards. This includes successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) tests in numeracy and literacy prior to commencing the programme. During the PGCE you undertake 60 credits of Master’s-level modules throughout your training year. If you successfully pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at Master’s level and are recommended for QTS.

Students who pass the PGCE with QTS have the option to continue their studies on a part-time basis on the MEd Practitioner Enquiry. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings and draws on the experience you acquire through your day-to-day teaching. Students choosing this option benefit from fast-track entry, which enables them to complete the MEd Practitioner Enquiry in two years.

We offer the following Primary PGCE programme and more information can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training website:

  • Primary (X100)

Please note that if you are interested in undertaking Primary French, you should apply for the general Primary course code (X100), and indicate that you are interested in the French module.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

Other than in exceptional circumstances, you should hold a second-class Honours degree or above. You also require GCSE or O level passes (Grades A–C) in English language, mathematics and a science subject (before applying to the PGCE programme).

You must also have successfully completed the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) tests in numeracy and literacy prior to commencing the programme. 

It is important that you have spent at least 10 recent days working/ observing in a UK primary classroom (prior to application) in order to inform your application and any subsequent performance in the selection process.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Please see the Department for Education’s website for details of funding opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Specialised Application Procedure: Please see the UCAS Teacher Training website for further information.

Please note that under NCTL regulations, the University is unable to offer places on its PGCE programmes without a selection process that includes a personal interview. The selection day consists of a presentation by each applicant, a written task, a mathematics task and an individual interview.

Applicants are expected to have some experience of the English school system, usually through school observation visits. Successful applicants will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and undergo medical assessment to confirm 'fitness to teach' prior to entry onto the programme.

The University's Careers Service has also made a video aimed at candidates applying for a PGCE.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
PGCE Admissions Assistant (Newcastle University)
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6581
E-mail: (Primary PGCE) (Primary French PGCE)

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Education.