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Newman University Pgce

Newman University Pgce

PGCE Primary (QTS)

Course length: 1 year full-time



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. Newman offers you two routes through the Primary PGCE course: ages 3-7 or 5-11.

These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. For both routes school placements will be completed in relevant age phases, including nursery and reception classes for students on the 3-7 age range course.

Whichever route you take, 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 masters 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)

As part of your course you may be able to undertake a field visit overseas to The Gambia in West Africa. For many years, Newman University has developed and built strong partnerships with a number of schools in The Gambia. This field visit provides opportunities to explore the Global Dimensions of education from a variety of perspectives. Based on the field visit of 2017, the costs of flights, coach transfer and accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis totalled £755. In the event of being able to take part in this adventure you will need to seek medical advice from your GP or Health Care Professional as inoculations may be needed which may incur a cost. All costs are subject to change and the example given is based on 2017. Additional funds are required for personal subsistence in country, for example to purchase an evening meal. Estimated costs for 2018 are expected to be in the region of £780 per person though this is subject to change. A non refundable deposit of £350 is required to secure a place subject to the field visit taking place.

In an ever changing global workplace, there are many benefits to experiencing another country. Here are just a few:
•  Stand out from the crowd – having international experience on your CV will help you stand out from the competition.
•  Life skills – while experiencing overseas fieldwork you will gain skills that can’t be taught in the classroom.
•  Gain an international perspective – discover a different culture and way of life.

“Assessment of the PGCE Primary programme combines course assignments and professional practice in two schools. Both are methods which suit the needs of the course and they compare well with other similar courses elsewhere.”
External Examiner

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

PGCE Secondary

Newman University has an enviable reputation for the quality of its Initial Teacher Education programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our experienced tutors and good relationships with schools throughout the West Midlands ensure high quality education.

The recent OFSTED inspection highlighted the following key strengths of the secondary initial teacher education courses at Newman:

  • The good attainment and progress of most trainees
  • Trainees’ confidence in using a broad range of teaching strategies to engage learners
  • Trainees’ well developed understanding of their role in supporting the development of the whole child
  • Effective partnerships that ensure all elements of training combine well to support trainees’ progress.

With over 40 years’ experience of training teachers to be excellent classroom practitioners and future leaders, Newman develops innovative courses to enable students to meet the requirements of qualified teacher status (QTS) and be imaginative, inspiring teachers ready and able to make a difference to the lives of the children they teach.

All PGCE routes at Newman will provide two opportunities, either:

  • A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education which will prepare applicants for teaching and offers full QTS, or
  • A Postgraduate Certificate of Education which will include 60 credits at Masters level and full QTS.

The latter option will be offered to applicants with an outstanding academic record or significant relevant experience. There will be an opportunity to discuss the details of the programmes and the work required for the Masters level route at your interview. Applicants should clearly state in their personal statement whether they want to apply for the professional or postgraduate course.




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