Masters/Taught Higher Degrees
Students will be expected to have a good first degree (normally 2:2 or above, however certain subjects will only accept 2:1 or above) in a relevant subject and be able to demonstrate commitment to pursuing their studies at a higher level. Two written references are also required, one academic and one professional. Additional entry requirements vary for each course, and can be found on the respective course pages.
Students studying for a research degree will normally have a first class or 2.1 Honours degree in a subject relevant to the research proposal. Two written references are also required, one academic and one professional.
All PGCE Programmes
Candidates must attend an interview and pass literacy and numeracy tests at Newman University. Recent and relevant work experience in a British state school is normally required prior to interview. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance, meeting the requirements for Fitness to Teach is also required. We do not require a specific amount of time in school. However, the quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview.
- GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above
- A good Honours degree or a recognised equivalent, preferably BA or BSc Upper Second Class (2.1) or above in one of the core subjects or Early Years
- Recent and relevant work experience in a primary setting.
- GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics (and Science for Secondary Science) at grade C or above
- A good Honours degree or a recognized equivalent, preferably BA or BSc Lower Second Class (2.2) or above, of which a minimum 50% of content is subject related
- Recent and relevant work experience in a secondary setting.
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
Under the Protection of Children Act, Newman is required to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check for courses involving working with children (e.g. all PGCEs, GTP and Early Childhood programmes, Teaching and Learning Support Assistants, and Youth and Community Work). For a copy of the current CRB code of practice visit www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Fitness to Teach
All universities must ensure that entrants have met the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. Newman takes great care to ensure that whilst all candidates meet the requirements for entry to initial teacher education it does not discriminate against disabled candidates, in either the selection procedures, requirements for progression and completion of training, or provision of services.
Teaching is a demanding career and teachers have a duty of care towards the pupils in their charge. The health, education, safety and welfare of pupils must be taken into account when deciding on an individual’s fitness to teach. There are a number of factors taken into account when deciding whether a candidate meets the requirements for fitness to teach. Many disabled people or people with chronic illnesses may be able to teach with reasonable adjustment, just as non-disabled candidates or those without medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach. If you would like to discuss Fitness to Teach please contact:
T: +44 (0) 121 476 1181 ext 2205