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F8X1 - Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary (with Qualified Teacher Status QTS)

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

Entry Year:

Start in: September 2022

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


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:

  • English
  • geography
  • mathematics
  • French
  • French with German
  • French with Spanish
  • German with French
  • Spanish with French
  • secondary science with biology specialism
  • secondary science with chemistry specialism
  • secondary science with physics specialism

An understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and research underpins the 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 NQTs
  • 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


Placements take place across semester two. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey. You'll spend the majority of your time on school placements.

Placements include periods of teaching practice and observation. This allows 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 contexts.

In year one, you'll work in one school. This will enable you to gain a thorough and immersive experience. Undertaking a brief placement at an alternative school is beneficial where possible.

Your future

On completion, 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


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 2022 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

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

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.

From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:

  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

Find out about upcoming postgraduate open days


We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

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

PGCE Admissions
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3666


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

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