Newcastle University

School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

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


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The secondary PGCE programme prepares you to teach throughout the 11-18 age range in English, geography, history, mathematics, modern languages (French, German, Spanish), religious education or sciences (biology, chemistry, physics).We are currently offering a fully-funded extension course in German for modern language candidates who have very elementary or no prior knowledge of this language.During this intensive PGCE programme, two thirds of your time is based in schools. Training focuses on the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers. Subject work undertaken in partnership schools is underpinned and extended by a linked programme of curriculum studies in the University. A process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills as well as forming the basis for the written work submitted.As a result of your teaching placement you must demonstrate compliance with all Qualified Teacher Status standards including passing the Training and Development Agency for Schools' (TDA) tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT. You undertake 60 credits of MasterÆs-level modules throughout your training year. If you successfully pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at MasterÆs level and are recommended for QTS.
Students who pass the PGCE with QTS have the option to continue their studies on a part-time basis on the MEd Practitioner Enquiry. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings and draws on the experience you acquire through your day-to-day teaching. Students choosing this option benefit from fast-track entry, which enables them to complete the MEd Practitioner Enquiry in two years.


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