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

Start in: September 2021

The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching. It provides the knowledge needed to teach children aged 5-11 years.


The Primary PGCE is built on a consideration of the relationship between theory, practice and research.

It provides the professional expertise to teach children aged five-11 years. The emphasis is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.

You'll undertake a combination of academic and professional study. This is to achieve recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

During the PGCE you undertake 60 credits of master's level modules. When you pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at master's level and will be recommended for QTS.

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What you'll learn

Course modules revolve around school and classroom practice.

The course consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies. This prepares you for delivering the National Curriculum. You will cover:

  • art
  • design and technology
  • English
  • geography
  • history; information and communication technology; mathematics; music; physical education; religious education; and science.

We also offer expertise in historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on education, including:

  • social justice
  • the Institute of Diversity and Equality Practitioners award
  • training in philosophical enquiry for children


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


Practical placements in schools take place across 120 days during the course. This provides a foundation for the professional journey towards being an outstanding practitioner. Placements will improve confidence and competence in the classroom.

We have many long-lasting relationships with various partnership schools. This enables a wide range of experiences across a range of contexts.

You'll spend 120 days of the PGCE year in many partnership schools. You'll also learn about Diversity and Equality and Special Educational Needs in schools.

The integration of school-based experience and university-based sessions is a powerful feature of the course. Many students each year gain employment in the school where they have trained.

Your future

Our graduates are high-quality professionals who meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status. They exercise the professional judgement required to promote the highest quality education. They engage with enquiry-based learning, research and theory.

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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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources. This includes a well-stocked Education Resource Centre.

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 2021 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.

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  • 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 2021 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.

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  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

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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


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