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There are a number of ways to get into teaching. As well as our campus taught programmes, Northumbria offers the option of a more school-centred route through School Direct.

School Direct PGCE is an exciting opportunity to teacher train in outstanding schools alongside highly experienced teacher mentors. Your School Based Training Plan is designed by the lead school and individually tailored to develop your skills and expertise. Over the course of your training, you will gain experience in more than one school and teach across different year groups within your training age phase.

Applicants are welcomed for Early Years, Primary, Secondary Subjects and Special School places that our partner schools have been allocated.

Course Information

UCAS Code
Various - please refer to UTT

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Location
Various Locations

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

Discover more / Teacher Training

Visit the Department for Education's pages to learn more about your options for training to be a teacher.

Book an Open Day / Experience Education

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Education at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the department and discover your funding options.

Training in a school gives you a unique opportunity to learn from highly experienced teacher mentors. 

You’ll follow a School Based Training Plan, which will be designed by the lead school and tailored to your own skills and expertise. You will gain experience in more than one school and teach across different year groups within your training age phase, ensuring you develop the skills to become a highly effective qualified teacher.

Explore the opportunities and details of how to apply at each of our partner schools below.

 

PGCE Secondary subjects are offered by:

Whitley Bay Teaching School Alliance

North East Teaching School Alliance

 

Special School/Mainstream routes are offered by:

Sunningdale School

Benton Dene School (SEND Specialism)

 

Primary phase routes are offered by:

Beech Hill Primary School, Newcastle

St Margaret’s C of E Primary School, Durham

Harton Teaching School Alliance (Mortimer Primary School)

Quayside Teaching Alliance

Ponteland Partnership Alliance

SHINE Teaching School Alliance

Three River Teaching School Alliance

Wider Ponteland Partnership

Townend Teaching School Alliance

Tyne Valley Teaching School Alliance

Book an Open Day / Experience Education

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Education at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the department and discover your funding options.

School Direct Training Schools choose the university they want to work with – Northumbria University is a centre of excellence for initial teacher education, and the team at Northumbria are delighted to be the biggest university partner, chosen by partnership schools, in the North East.

Your University-based training involves a total of 15 days on campus where you will explore contemporary issues related to education and gain a deeper appreciation of how research and theory inform practice. You will have the support of academic tutors who will support you as you reflect on your school experience and work towards achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (60 credits at Masters level).

Tutors / Northumbria University

The course is delivered by our team of highly experienced tutors. They boast extensive experience in teaching, and are actively participating in projects that are defining the future of the education sector.

Facilities / Northumbria University

On campus you will benefit from our 24/7 library and flexible working spaces, and throughout the course our e-learning platform will allow you to be part of a learning community that professional, collaborative and well informed.

Research-rich Learning / Northumbria University

You will be part of an active and inspiring research community. Critical thinking and self-reflection will be central to your understanding of the professional role of a teacher, and your knowledge will be at the forefront of the sector.

Book an Open Day / Experience Education

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Education at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the department and discover your funding options.

If you are passionate about wanting to be a teacher and are keen to immerse yourself in schools, learning with staff and pupils throughout your training year, then this is an excellent programme for you.

Depending on the subject or age phase specialism you choose, you may also be eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £26,000 from the Department of Education.

Book an Open Day / Experience Education

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Education at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the department and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Standard:

  • Applicants must hold a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) from a UK university or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants should have a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject prior to submitting their application.
  • Secondary candidates should hold a degree that is directly relevant to the specialism route they are applying to. Contact the Lead School directly for further clarification on this.

Although not an essential requirement, recent school based experience would help candidates to reflect on their potential to meet the challenges of training to teach.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry  
     
    English Language requirements 
     
    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
     
    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

  • Additional:

    Mandatory Skills Tests

    All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy as a condition of entry and prior to enrolment.

    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.

    Full details of the process can be found by visiting:  https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests

    For further information please contact Admissions on 0191 406 0901 or email ad.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

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

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £9,250

Full EU Fee: £9,250

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

It is a current requirement of the Department for Education that all training routes which work towards the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status contain a minimum of 120 days in school on placement. The programme must comply with the most up to date version of ITT Criteria in terms of school based training. The PGCE School Direct programme sees students spending around 160 days in school, split between at least 2 contrasting schools. These requirements are built into TE6091. Lead schools arrange additional, complimentary visits, for example to special schools and off site educational visits. All placement and workplace visits are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards, through formative feedback from school based mentors, placement reports and through the module assessment for TE7063

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

 

 

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE6690 -

Curriculum Studies (30 Credits)

This module will support your ability to critically reflect upon how to raise achievement and have high expectations of pupils’ learning. You will autonomously develop your subject knowledge, skills and understanding in order to develop subject learning for their pupils that inspires and motivates pupils to learn and progress all areas of the age phase or subject in which you are training.
You will learn about the key Government priorities, legislation and reports which influence current practice in your age phase or across the education system as a whole and how that shapes the regional and national education agendas. You will be provided with an international perspective to help shape your wider understanding of the role of education. By the end of the module you will have developed your own emerging philosophy of schools, understand their varying contexts and Government priorities.

More information

TE6691 -

Professional Practice (30 Credits)

This module is firmly rooted in your school experience. You will learn a range of professional competencies evidenced within the Teachers’ Standards. Throughout the year, you will acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become a highly effective teacher in the age phase/subject in which you are training. With the vast majority of time on this programme being spent in school, you will be immersed in the life of your host school(s) your skill development will be supported and monitored through a School Based Training Plan and an Individual Learning & Development Portfolio which are both mapped against the Teachers’ Standards (2012)

More information

TE7063 -

Reflective Professional Studies (30 Credits)

This core module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning and teaching issues related to current practice in the education phase in which you are training. You will engage in systematic reflection and analysis of your practice and critical debate with peers and colleagues. This will develop your understanding of how to provide challenging learning environments that support pupil learning. You will learn about key theories and develop an appreciation of how research informed practice supports the development of your pedagogy and is contextualised by your school environment. Your learning will be set within the context of contemporary issues such as:
• Equality, Inclusion & Diversity in Education
• Behaviour for Learning
• Assessment: Principles & Practice
• Ideologies and realities
• Cultural & Political perspectives of Education
• Theoretical Principles, Learning & Children
• Professional Responsibility & Practice

More information

TE7064 -

Professional Enquiry in Teaching and Learning (30 Credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of Equality, Inclusion & Diversity in education. You will develop a critical insight into the challenges faced by schools and the teaching profession as they seek to ensure all pupils have equal opportunities to make progress and achieve individual success as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE6690 -

Curriculum Studies (30 Credits)

This module will support your ability to critically reflect upon how to raise achievement and have high expectations of pupils’ learning. You will autonomously develop your subject knowledge, skills and understanding in order to develop subject learning for their pupils that inspires and motivates pupils to learn and progress all areas of the age phase or subject in which you are training.
You will learn about the key Government priorities, legislation and reports which influence current practice in your age phase or across the education system as a whole and how that shapes the regional and national education agendas. You will be provided with an international perspective to help shape your wider understanding of the role of education. By the end of the module you will have developed your own emerging philosophy of schools, understand their varying contexts and Government priorities.

More information

TE6691 -

Professional Practice (30 Credits)

This module is firmly rooted in your school experience. You will learn a range of professional competencies evidenced within the Teachers’ Standards. Throughout the year, you will acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become a highly effective teacher in the age phase/subject in which you are training. With the vast majority of time on this programme being spent in school, you will be immersed in the life of your host school(s) your skill development will be supported and monitored through a School Based Training Plan and an Individual Learning & Development Portfolio which are both mapped against the Teachers’ Standards (2012)

More information

TE7063 -

Reflective Professional Studies (30 Credits)

This core module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning and teaching issues related to current practice in the education phase in which you are training. You will engage in systematic reflection and analysis of your practice and critical debate with peers and colleagues. This will develop your understanding of how to provide challenging learning environments that support pupil learning. You will learn about key theories and develop an appreciation of how research informed practice supports the development of your pedagogy and is contextualised by your school environment. Your learning will be set within the context of contemporary issues such as:
• Equality, Inclusion & Diversity in Education
• Behaviour for Learning
• Assessment: Principles & Practice
• Ideologies and realities
• Cultural & Political perspectives of Education
• Theoretical Principles, Learning & Children
• Professional Responsibility & Practice

More information

TE7064 -

Professional Enquiry in Teaching and Learning (30 Credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of Equality, Inclusion & Diversity in education. You will develop a critical insight into the challenges faced by schools and the teaching profession as they seek to ensure all pupils have equal opportunities to make progress and achieve individual success as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.

More information

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

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