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

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    Application Deadline
  • 10 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #175 (WUR) ,
The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including at post-sixteen enhancement. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.

About

The Secondary PGCE 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:

  • 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.

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.

Training

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.

Delivery

The course starts in early September and continues until June. The course structure follows school term dates in 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:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • 1:1 tutorials
  • lectures
  • conferences.
Placements

You will spend at least two thirds of the PGCE on school placements. Placements include periods of teaching practice and observation. This allows school and university staff to supervise your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. You may also undertake subject-specific school visits to observe good practice and work-related challenges.

Newcastle University has positive and long-standing relationships with partnership schools across the North East. This helps us to provide you with a range of experiences across a range of contexts.

Trainees are usually placed in two schools. Where possible, these will provide contrasting experiences in respect of academic and behavioural demand.

Facilities

Postgraduates in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences have access to our:

  • Resource Centre
  • IT service and computer clusters
  • library services.
Further study

On successful completion of the course 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.

Programme Structure

See Modules in the course programme information in our Prospectus online.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 10 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

Work experience

You need to have spent at least a few recent working days in a UK secondary classroom before applying. This will inform your application and any later performance in the selection process.

Modern language applicants

If you are applying for a PGCE in a modern language should have spent a year abroad as part of your degree.

See Prospectus online for full Entry Requirements information.

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