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

| Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
The secondary PGCE programme at Newcastle prepares you to teach throughout the 11–18 age range in mathematics, modern languages (French, German and Spanish), geography and sciences (biology, chemistry, physics). We may be able to offer a fully-funded extension course in German for modern language candidates who have very elementary or no prior knowledge of this language. The following PGCE programmes are eligible: French - R1X1; French with German - RX11.



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.

In order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you must demonstrate compliance with all the specified standards, including successful completion of the National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) tests in numeracy and literacy.

You undertake 60 credits of Master’s-level modules throughout your training year. If you successfully pass all components, you graduate with the PGCE at Master’s 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. Students choosing this option benefit from fast-track entry, which enables them to complete the MEd Practitioner Enquiry in two years.

We offer the following Secondary PGCE programmes and more information can be found on the the UCAS Teacher Training website.

•Geography (F8X1)

• Mathematics (G1X1)

• French (R1X1)

• French with German (RX11)

• French with Spanish (RXD1)

• German with French (RX21)

• Spanish with French (RX41)

• Secondary Science with Biology Specialism (C1X1)

• Secondary Science with Chemistry Specialism (F1X1)

• Secondary Science with Physics Specialism (F3X1)

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Compulsory modules

EDU8221 Subject Pedagogy in Practice

EDU8223 Curriculum Development through Enquiry in Practice

EDU8222 Developing Critical Perspectives on Teaching Thinking Skills

English Language Requirements

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Other than in exceptional circumstances you should hold a second-class Honours degree or above, with at least 50 per cent of the degree in the subject that you intend to teach (closely related degree subjects may be accepted).

If you do not hold a second-class Honours degree or need further information about closely related degree subjects, please contact the PGCE Admissions Assistant for advice (contact details can be found in the further information section below).

If you are applying for Spanish you should have at least some elementary French. Applicants applying for a PGCE in a modern language subject should have spent a year abroad as part of their degree. In addition, foreign nationals applying for a modern languages PGCE should normally have spent six months living in the UK and had employment as a foreign language assistant in a state school in England.

You also require GCSE or O level passes (Grades A–C) in English language and mathematics or equivalent before commencement of the PGCE course. It is also a requirement that you have spent at least a few recent working days in a UK secondary classroom prior to application. This will inform your application and any subsequent performance in the selection process.

Full details on entrance requirements for individual courses are available on the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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