"I love my course because it gives me the time I need in schools to become the best teacher I can be with fantastic support from both the school and tutors at Newman. The tutors have imaginative, engaging ways of teaching, and you can tell they were successful in their own primary teaching careers. Who better to guide me at the start of my career?"
Gemma Kettridge – PGCE Primary student

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 PGCE Primary Partnership

The Primary PGCE course is based upon Newman’s strong partnership with primary schools in the West Midlands. You will be offered a series of learning experiences linking different perspectives on primary teaching to the development of your professional skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman-based learning and in supporting the professional development of students in partnership schools. Teachers are involved in the supervision of school experience and in teaching students how to make effective, critical and reflective evaluations of their work. The PGCE year consists of 36 weeks of full-time study, at least 18 of which are spent in schools.

School Experience

School experience is central to the PGCE programme and is a feature of all three terms of the PGCE year. You undertake three placements in at least two primary schools providing opportunities to observe and practise contrasting methods and approaches. School experiences include observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore whole school issues.

Teaching and Learning

An emphasis is placed on small group workshop learning and investigation, collaborative group work and practical experience. Assessment is by coursework and through the evaluation and monitoring of professional classroom competencies. You will also have the option to study for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) to enable you to teach in Catholic schools.

Opportunity to Study International Perspectives

You may undertake an optional Global Citizenship Education module which includes a self-funded study visit to The Gambia. This exciting addition to the course enables students to gain the skills to teach citizenship from an international perspective, thereby supporting schools’ promotion of community cohesion and gain an appreciation of another country’s education system. As the PGCE Primary is already an intensive course some of the time needed for this module is during normal seasonal breaks.

"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


Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or above), or a recognised equivalent qualification. For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.



2014/15: £9,000
Finance and Bursaries Information

Course structure

PGCE Primary (QTS)

Professional Route - Early Years:
School Experience
School Experience
School Experience
Education and Professional Studies
Core English
Core Maths
Core Science
Broad Curriculum
Early Years specialism
Education and Professional Studies (Postgraduate route)

Professional Route - Primary:
School Experience
School Experience
School Experience
Education and Professional Studies
Core English
Core Maths
Core Science
Broad Curriculum
Global Education Citizenship (optional)
Education and Professional Studies (Postgraduate route)

These modules may be subject to change.

Course code

3-7 age range: X121
5-11 age range: X100 

Applications are made through UCAS

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

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Contact for admissions enquiries:

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2437)
Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Contact for course content enquiries:

Justin Gray (Programme Leader (PGCE Primary) )
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2400)
Email: info.pgceprimary@newman.ac.uk

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