Taught course

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - Primary

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree. Before you apply you also need GCSE or O level passes (grades A–C/ 4-9), or equivalent in English language, mathematics, a science subject.

Before starting the course you need to complete and pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's numeracy and literacy tests .

You need to have spent at least 10 recent days working/ observing in a UK primary classroom before applying. This will inform your application and any subsequent performance in the selection process.

Months of entry


Course content

The Primary PGCE course forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach children aged five-11 years. The strong emphasis of the programme is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.
The Primary PGCE is built upon a consideration of the relationship between theory, practice and research, with 120 days spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm foundation for the professional journey towards being an outstanding practitioner.
The course consists of school experience, primary professional studies and curriculum studies. The focus on professional studies and curriculum studies will prepare you to deliver the National Curriculum in school. You will cover: art; design and technology; English; geography; history; information and communication technology; mathematics; music; physical education; religious education; and science.

Information for international students

If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition. Read more about UK visas and immigration requirements.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months

Further details of qualification

These programmes have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course contact details

Julie Charlton, PGCE Admissions Assistant, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
+44 (0) 191 208 6581