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

The Secondary PGCE gives an introduction to teaching. It provides the knowledge needed to teach secondary-age children. This includes post-sixteen enhancement.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching. You'll develop the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary-age children. You will also gain experience teaching at the post-16 level.

We offer the following Secondary PGCE courses:

  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • French with German
  • French with Spanish
  • German with French
  • Spanish
  • Spanish with French
  • Spanish with German
  • Science with Biology Specialism
  • Science with Chemistry Specialism
  • Science with Physics Specialism

An understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and research underpins this PGCE.

You'll graduate with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if you:

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What you'll learn

During the PGCE you will undertake 60 credits of master's-level modules. The course modules take place in school and classroom practice. They work to complement your experiences - enhancing outcomes and your professional development.

During your training at Newcastle University you will:

  • develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding expected of Early Career Teachers (ECTs)
  • extend your awareness of effective teaching in your subject area. You'll do this through subject-based/curriculum studies

The course emphasis is on enhancing the learning and welfare of young people. The research interests of our staff support these key interests.


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.

How you'll learn

Your development


Teaching placements provide a practical and theoretical foundation for your professional journey. A significant proportion of the programme involves school-based practice.

Placement one runs from September to December. Placement two (in a second school) runs from January to June. During this time there will be periods of observation and periods of teaching practice, with the number of lessons you will teach increasing over time. These placements allow you to gain a thorough and immersive experience and allow staff to supervise your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status.

Newcastle University has positive, long-standing relationships with partner schools across the North East. This helps us to provide you with a range of experiences across a range of school contexts.

Your future

On completion of the Secondary PGCE, you can continue your studies part-time on our Practitioner Enquiry MEd.

The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings. It also draws on your day-to-day teaching experience.

Our PGCE graduates gain fast-track entry onto the course. This allows you to complete the Practitioner Enquiry MEd in two years.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


As part of the Secondary PGCE course, you'll have access to our:

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 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

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  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

PGCE Admissions
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences


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