Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Sch

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - School Direct

Full time: 10 months


We provide a PGCE that combines master's level academic study with rigorous school-based training. We work with a range of high quality local schools to deliver our collaborative course of training and development. Completion of the course allows the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The School Direct initiative is designed to give you the chance to learn 'on the job' in a school. You'll work as part of the teaching team from day one. You'll learning from experienced, practicing colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice.

As with the standard PGCE, you spend two thirds of your time in schools, undertaking two teaching placements. With the School Direct route your lead school arranges your placements. Placements are usually in schools within their alliance. You can find out more about placements during the application and interview process.

Newcastle University works with the following schools on a collaborative course of training and development:

On successful completion of the school-based practice and academic modules the programme allows the:

  • recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status
  • award of 60 master's level credits

The PGCE is one third of the MEd in Practitioner Enquiry. Trainees can choose to carry these marks forward to the full master's course at a later stage.

Further details about the range of subjects offered can be found on individual school websites. Contact the schools directly for further details and how to apply.

Alumni tuition fee discount

If you're a Newcastle alumni and are self-funding your studies, you could get 20% off your tuition fees. Eligibility criteria applies, find out more about our Alumni tuition fee discount.


The course runs parallel to the traditional PGCE course. Trainees from both training routes attend Newcastle University sessions.

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Teacher, Assistant Principal, Educational Psychologist

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, The Academy at Shotton Hall, Gateshead Psychological Services

Data based on responses from 438 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Education. See more about what our graduates do.

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