Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle

Primary Education (PGCE)

The PGCE Primary Education course will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 to enable you to kick-start your career in teaching. Accredited by Ofsted as a category A programme - the highest grading possible - This course is highly valued by employers and celebrates a 98% employment rate within six months of completion. School based placements form a large part of the PGCE and you will complete a series of these over the course of your training. Successful completion of the PGCE Primary Education course will provide you with Qualified Teacher Status. This allows you to immediately begin working in a school or other educational establishment. Our Initial Teacher Education courses have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for the last 14 years.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Applicants must hold a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) of an UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification. The content of the applicant's previous education must provide the necessary foundation for work as a primary school teacher. Applicants should have a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject prior to submitting their application. Please Note: we do not accept deferred applications for this programme International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below. A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.0 Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 54. The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you Mandatory Skills Tests All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course. The numeracy and literacy skills tests: cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism; do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement; are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter; and are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes from September 2015 entry need to be aware of the Government regulations regarding mandatory 'Professional skills tests for trainee teachers', in numeracy and literacy. These will be taken immediately after application and prior to any offer being made. If you'd like to find out more about what is required, please visit the official Skills Tests page at education.gov.uk In addition we also offer additional support to all of our applicants, in advance of their mandatory National Literacy and Numeracy Test, which should be complete by the point of enrolment. For further information please contact Admissions on 0191 243 7900 or email hs.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk Frequently Asked Questions Do I need to have passed both skills tests before I attend an interview with an ITT provider? You should have taken the skills tests as soon as possible after submitting an application for an ITT course. You can book your skills test appointments in advance. Providers will use the skills tests results to inform their decisions about applicants; those who have passed the tests before interview will be in a stronger position for selection. Why are there two separate registration systems for the skills tests? There are two separate registration systems to accommodate students already on ITT courses and another for those who are applying for ITT courses. Although the tests are the same, the registration requirements and subsequent reporting feeds are different. Those already on ITT courses need to register on the 'ITT student system' and a teacher reference number (TRN) is required in order to register. The test results Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Applicants must hold a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) of an UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification. The content of the applicant's previous education must provide the necessary foundation for work as a primary school teacher. Applicants should have a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject prior to submitting their application. All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.

Course modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course. These methods will enable you to demonstrate that you have met the requirements to achieve PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status, aligned to the Teachers' Standards 2012.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2018 9,250 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2019 9,250 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus NE1 8ST North East

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