Taught course

Early Years and Primary (Flexible) PGCE

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applications to Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR). Applicants should have attained GCSEs in English Language, mathematics and a science at grade C or above and a good honours degree from a UK university (normally at 2.1 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification

Months of entry


Course content

All primary education programmes at Northumbria are now category A (The highest possible category) after our recent OFSTED inspection.

This is a part-time flexible distance learning programme. It can be completed in as short a time as one year or take up to two years.

The subjects studied are delivered through web-based modules in two distinct parts (1 and 2), supported by the university. ICT competence and access to a personal computer with a broadband internet facility are essential requirements.

Following the needs analysis and the successful completion of preliminary academic studies combined with school experience, students have the opportunity to carry out their first assessed school placement. (Part 1) Further extended study follows culminating in a final assessed block school placement. A pass outcome with regard to the evidence students present against the TDA Teaching Standards is required for successful completion of the programme (Part 2).

PGCE 'Flexi' students gain a good knowledge and understanding of the Early Years and Primary National Curriculum, whilst obtaining a broad range of experiences.

Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to work independently as a self motivated distance learner with support from their curriculum and professional tutors on line. There is a compulsory "face to face" taught weekend in each part of the programme.

This is a route for highly motivated people, from all walks of life, to have the opportunity to enter a hugely rewarding profession. In following this route you will receive an excellent introduction to the teaching profession.

Please Note: we do not accept deferred applications for this programme

The content of the programme will reflect the curricula requirements of the National Curriculum for England. There will also be tasks and assignments that will relate to the extended life of a school, educational theory and a wider understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the teacher.

Assessed school placements must be undertaken either in the North East or in the London Borough of Newham partnership schools.

Most PGCE students are successful in entering teaching straight away. Career opportunities include teaching in maintained and independent nursery, infant, junior, primary, first and middle schools, as well as in other areas of education, such as Children's Centres

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900