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

10 months full time


Please see for details of fees and PGCE funding.

Programme Overview

The secondary PGCE programme at Newcastle prepares you to teach throughout the 11–18 age range in mathematics, modern languages (French, German and Spanish), geography and sciences (biology, chemistry, physics). 

We may be able to offer a fully-funded extension course in German for modern language candidates who have very elementary or no prior knowledge of this language. The following PGCE programmes are eligible: French - R1X1; French with German - RX11.


During this intensive PGCE programme, two thirds of your time is based in schools. Training focuses on the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers.

Subject work undertaken in partnership schools is underpinned and extended by a linked programme of curriculum studies in the University.

A process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills, as well as forming the basis for the written work submitted.

In order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you must demonstrate compliance with all the specified standards, including successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) tests in numeracy and literacy.

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. 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 Secondary PGCE programmes and more information can be found on the the UCAS Teacher Training website

Geography (F8X1)
Mathematics (G1X1)
French (R1X1)
French with German (RX11)
French with Spanish (RXD1)
German with French (RX21)
Spanish with French (RX41)
Secondary Science with Biology Specialism (C1X1)
Secondary Science with Chemistry Specialism (F1X1)
Secondary Science with Physics Specialism (F3X1)

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, with at least 50 per cent of the degree in the subject that you intend to teach (closely related degree subjects may be accepted).

If you do not hold a second-class Honours degree or need further information about closely related degree subjects, please contact the PGCE Admissions Assistant for advice (contact details can be found in the further information section below).

If you are applying for Spanish you should have at least some elementary French. Applicants applying for a PGCE in a modern language subject should have spent a year abroad as part of their degree. In addition, foreign nationals applying for a modern languages PGCE should normally have spent six months living in the UK and had employment as a foreign language assistant in a state school in England.

You also require GCSE or O level passes (Grades A–C) in English language and mathematics or equivalent before commencement of the PGCE course. It is also a requirement that you have spent at least a few recent working days in a UK secondary classroom prior to application. This will inform your application and any subsequent performance in the selection process.

Full details on entrance requirements for individual courses are available on  the UCAS Teacher Training website.

+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 group task, a written 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

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Education.