Admission Requirements

Masters/Taught Higher Degrees
Students will be expected to have an honours degree (however certain subjects will normally only accept 2:2 or above / 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.

Research Degrees
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 sit literacy and numeracy tests at Newman University. Recent and relevant work experience in a British state school is normally required prior to interview. Disclosure and Barring (DBS) 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.

PGCE Primary

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above. Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment  
  • 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.

PGCE Secondary

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics (and Science for Secondary Science) at grade C or above. Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment  
  • 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You will be required to apply, through Newman, for an Enhanced Disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if your course involves working with children or vulnerable adults (e.g. PGCE, ITE, School Direct, Early Childhood Education & Care, Working with Children, Young People & Families and Youth & Community Work), unless you already have a valid DBS and have paid the annual subscription fee of £13. You will need to show your DBS clearance to Admissions and provide a link to your online DBS record. If you have any queries or questions, please contact Andrea Bolshaw, Registrar and University Secretary on 0121 476 1181, extension 2210, or e-mail admissions@newman.ac.uk. Alternatively, visit www.gov.uk/dbs for additional information.

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:

Admissions
T: +44 (0) 121 476 1181 ext 2378 or 2437
E: admissions@newman.ac.uk



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