The School Direct initiative is designed to give you the chance to learn in a specific school of your choosing. As with the standard provider-led PGCE, you'll:
- work as part of the teaching team in your placement school
- learn from experienced, practicing colleagues as you put your new skills into practice
We work with a range of high-quality local schools to deliver our 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.
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View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.
What you'll learn
In addition to your placements you'll learn through compulsory modules.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some courses have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
The course runs parallel to the traditional PGCE course. Trainees from both training routes attend Newcastle University sessions which will be:
- both online
- where possible, in-person
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
As with the standard PGCE, you will spend the majority of your time in schools. Where possible you will undertake two teaching placements, as usual, however in 2020-21 this may be reduced as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. 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:
- Emmanuel Teacher Training Partnership
- The Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance
- Whitley Bay High School
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.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll have access to two postgraduate research student study rooms. The largest study toom has recently been upgraded with additional workstations and soft seating area.
We have two on-site clinics:
We also have a well-equipped resource centre.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
If you're applying for funding, always check the funding application deadline. This deadline may be earlier than the application deadline for your course.
For some funding schemes, you need to have received an offer of a place on a course before you can apply for the funding.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:
- campus tours
- on-campus open days
- virtual open days
We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
Get in touch
Questions about this course?
If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:
Schools Direct Admissions
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 6382
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