Taught course

PGCE Primary (3-7)

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

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Entry requirements

An Honours degree or a recognised equivalent, preferably BA or BSc in one of the core subjects or Early Years.
GCSEs (or in exceptional circumstances their equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 (grade C previously). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment.
School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school will:
Ensure that you are making the right decision to join the PGCE/UG ITE programme
Allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
Gives you an advantage when you start the course as you will be able to make links between your learning and how this relates to school
At interview we will discuss with the applicant any relevant school experience or opportunities that applicants have had to work with school aged children; in a variety of settings.
The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview.
Passing the National Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy, together with obtaining a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance and meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required.

Months of entry


Course content

Why study the PGCE Primary (3-7) course
The PGCE Primary (3-7) – Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 route focuses on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. School placements will be completed in relevant age phases.
You will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. The course is designed to enable you to meet the requirements for qualified teacher status (QTS).
The programme is approximately 38 weeks long with at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman and/or partner schools which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom.
The course will provide you with key skills such as behaviour management while preparing you to teach the national curriculum. The content brings together latest research findings with current school policies and practices. Emphasis is placed on systematic synthetic phonics (as a key strategy within early reading pedagogy), children’s mathematical development and scientific enquiry. The key characteristics of each primary subject area are studied along with cross-curricular links and topics.
The courses will provide you with a balance of general classroom practice and specialist understanding. You will study two modules at masters level which will provide a firm foundation for future continuous professional development leading to a Master’s degree.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession.
The PGCE Primary Partnership
Newman’s Primary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Teaching School Alliances and primary schools in the West Midlands. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman based training and in supporting the professional development of students in Teaching School Alliances and partnership schools. Teachers are involved in the construction of courses and the supervision of school experience and in teaching students how to make effective, critical and reflective evaluations of their work.
School Based Learning
School-based learning is central to the PGCE programme and will be a feature of all three terms of your PGCE year. You undertake placements in at least two primary schools providing opportunities to observe and practise a range of methods and approaches. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore wider school issues.
Special Features
• You are taught by staff who have extensive experience of classroom teaching
• To enable you to teach in Catholic schools you will have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    PGCE routes at Newman provide two opportunities - Professional Graduate Certificate of Education which prepares applicants for teaching or Postgraduate Certificate of Education which will include 60 credits at Masters level. The latter will be offered to applicants with an outstanding academic record or significant experience.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Mr Mark Chidler
+44 (0)121 476 1181 ext 2401