PGCE Primary

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:

  • 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.

PGCE Primary courses providing QTS

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. In its last OFSTED inspection Newman received an outstanding grade.

The inspection highlighted the following key strengths of the primary initial teacher education courses at Newman:

  • The good or better progress that trainees make, relative to their starting points, and their very positive professional attitudes
  • The vision and quality of leadership and management, especially in anticipating local and national change
  • The good quality of central training in curriculum subjects and teaching methods
  • Recruitment and selection systems which are successfully attracting and identifying trainees with non-standard qualifications who have the potential to be good teachers
  • The outstanding pastoral support for individual trainees and the good quality intervention strategies which effectively supports those who encounter difficulties
  • The cohesive nature of central training which ensures a clear link between theory and practice.


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