The Education Secondary (with Qualified Teacher Status QTS) programme from Newcastle University forms a practical introduction to teaching. You will develop the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children. You will also gain experience of teaching at post-16 level.
We offer the following Secondary PGCE courses:
- 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.
The course has a strong focus on learning from experience, through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills. It also forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of your PGCE.
During the PGCE you will undertake 60 credits of master's-level modules. The course modules are rooted in school and classroom practice. They work to complement your experiences - enhancing outcomes and your professional development.
You will graduate with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if you:
- complete these components
- meet the Teachers’ Standards through your practical engagement in schools.
An understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and research underpins the PGCE. Two thirds of your time (around 130 days) is spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.
During your training at Newcastle University you will:
- develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers
- extend your awareness of effective teaching in your subject area through subject-based/curriculum studies
The course emphasis is on enhancing the learning, progress and welfare of young people. The research interests of our staff support these key interests.
The course starts in early September and continues until June. The course structure follows school term dates as opposed to university semesters.
Newcastle University sessions take place throughout the year. You will need to attend group sessions every Friday during the first half of the course. Other learning, training and discussion opportunities include:
- 1:1 tutorials
- Subject Pedagogy in Practice
- Developing critical perspectives on teaching thinking skills
- Curriculum development through enquiry in practice
- 10 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You must apply via the UCAS Teacher Training website, not through Newcastle University's postgraduate application system.
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A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent. At least 50% of your degree should be in the subject that you intend to teach. We may accept closely related degree subjects.
GCSEs or O Levels (grades A–C/ 4-9) in English language and mathematics, or equivalent.
It is desirable for you to have spent time working and/or observing in a UK secondary classroom before applying. Experience is advantageous as it will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process
Modern language applicants
If you are applying for Spanish you should have at least some elementary French.
Foreign nationals applying for a modern languages PGCE should:
- have spent six months living in the UK
- had employment as a foreign language assistant in a state school in England.
International18600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18600 GBP per year during 10 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 10 months.
Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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