Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Primary Education

Successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests; this programme forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing students with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach children aged 5-11 years; it provides students with the opportunity to study part of the programme at Master's level to gain 60 credits towards a Master's degree; students are able to develop their strengths from their own degrees through individual projects that contribute to their prospects for employment in schools as future co-ordinators; students gain a good knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2; the programme covers all aspects of the primary school curriculum; there is a substantial amount of school experience, covering a range of activities, such as observation, group and individual tasks, and taking responsibility for planning and teaching a significant proportion of the normal class timetable.

Entry requirements

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, but applications may be made before these have been obtained; within the previous year, and prior to application, applicants must normally have at least 15 days of experience in mainstream UK schools in Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2 and this should be itemised on the application form; normally for students whose 1st language is not English evidence of having reached the equivalent of IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (575 paper-based, 90 internet-based), is required before entry; the University also accepts many other English language qualifications.

Assessment methods

There are 3 assessed school placements which build the student�s experiences and skills from guided work in small groups to being fully responsible for a class for 80 per cent of the timetable in the final placement; 19 weeks of this programme are spent in schools; students work in a minimum of 4 different schools during the programme, and teachers in these partnership schools have a central training role during each focus and assessed placement; the placements provide an extensive opportunity to work alongside and learn from experienced teachers; the students benefit greatly from this, as they gain experience across the primary age phases.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Coach Lane Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XA North East

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0191 243 7900