September 2023

Secondary PGCE Teacher Training

PGCE Secondary with QTS, Postgraduate, September 2023

Secondary RE Teacher

PGCE applications for courses starting in September 2023 are made via the DfE Apply/[gov.uk] website, the application portal opened on the 4th of October 2022. It is highly recommended that applications are submitted as early as possible. When looking for Newman University courses please use the filter for a university using N36 or Newman University.

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.

If you are passionate about teaching this course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students across the 11-16 age range plus post 16 enhancement. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them.

The PGCE course has both a pedagogical and practical aspect. Our newly validated curriculum, which incorporates the Core Content framework, provides our trainees with a robust training year preparing them for their transition to become an Early Career Teacher. The university & school-based delivery, school experience and academic modules feed into a spiral curriculum model under 4 overarching themes and subject knowledge development. During the year, you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.

In addition to your main school placements, you will have the opportunity to experience post 16 education and alternative secondary school settings.  Furthermore, you will develop the skills required to enhance your own professional understanding and develop your own areas of professional interest.

For applicants who are deemed not to have the requisite amount of subject knowledge there is a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course which you may be required to take.

At Newman University we offer full-time and part-time Secondary PGCE routes in:

PGCE Secondary Art, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: Q224  Part-Time E953

PGCE Secondary Computing, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: IX99  Part-Time: M631

PGCE Secondary Drama, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: U853  Part-Time P950

PGCE Secondary English, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: Q3X1  Part-Time Y427

PGCE Secondary Geography, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: 2CHW  Part-Time C407

PGCE Secondary History, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time:3CQQ  Part-Time Q273

PGCE Secondary Mathematics, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time:G1X1  Part-Time A058

PGCE Secondary Physical Education, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time:X9C9  Part-Time C744

PGCE Secondary Religious Education, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: V6X1  Part-Time E357

PGCE Secondary Biology, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: 2QGP  Part-Time P747

PGCE Secondary Chemistry, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: 2QGQ  Part-Time K533

PGCE Secondary Physics, with recommendation for QTS
Full-time: 2QGR  Part-Time L072

N.B. PGCE Secondary is applied for via DfE Apply, please use the appropriate course code when applying.

The Department for Education is offering a levelling up premium worth up to £3,000 tax-free annually for maths, physics, chemistry and computing teachers working in disadvantaged schools in England, for the first 5 years of their career.

Eligible teachers will be able to claim payments each year in academic years 2022/23 to 2024/25. Higher payments will be offered to teachers working in Education Investment Areas and the most disadvantaged schools nationally.

Schools and ITT providers may wish to inform trainees who potentially will be eligible to claim payments from September 2022 onwards.

Find out more about the offer and the eligibility criteria here: www.gov.uk/guidance/levelling-up-premium-payments-for-teachers

Below are the core modules for the PGCE course. For more information on the subject specific modules, please email FED@newman.ac.uk.

Module Title: Achieving QTS and School Experience Placement (SXP660- 0 credits)

Module title: Enhanced School Experience Placement (SXP661 – 0 credits)

Module Title: Developing Reflective Practice in *Subject (SGP760 – 30 credits)

Module Title: Applying Reflective Practice in *Subject* (SGP761 – 30 credits)

 

At Newman University we work closely in partnership with SCITT partners to deliver the academic award of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which 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 course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. The academic taught content is aligned with SCITT delivery content.

Core Modules 

Module Title:  Developing Reflective Practice in *Subject (SGP760 – 30 credits)

Module Title:  Applying Reflective Practice in *Subject* (SGP761 – 30 credits)

 

If you are an experienced teacher, looking to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) the Faculty of Education offers professional accreditation.

Our Assessment-Only Route to QTS is available to teachers in the UK or abroad with more than two years of teaching experience, who have not undergone formal teacher training.

We offer two start dates, September or January to complete the 12 weeks for assessment, it is a flexible way to gain Qualified Teacher Status for Teachers who already meet the Teachers’ Standards (2012).

How it works

The route consists of three assessment processes:

  1. An assessment of your application.
  2. An Initial Assessment Day to judge whether you are likely to meet the National Teachers’ Standards within a maximum 12-week period without further training.
  3. A Final Assessment Day, within the 12-week period, to determine your success.

The initial assessment of candidates’ suitability to engage with this route is £900. This is a non-returnable assessment fee, but should the candidate be successful to proceed this will be deducted from the overall fee of £2,350, therefore the main stage of assessment is £1,450.

The Assessor will interview you, hold meetings with your line manager or mentor and conduct lesson observations. They will scrutinise your planning, marking, report writing and record of professional development.

Modules

Module Title:  Assessment Only e-Portfolio (SAP600)

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Entry Requirements

A UK Bachelors Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) of which 50% content must be related to the named subject, and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents). Please be aware that whilst these GCSEs are not mandatory at application point, these qualifications must be obtained by enrolment. See our page on additional GCSE Equivalency test information.

School experience is not a requirement for entry to the programme. However, having experience in a school will support your preparation for training as a teacher.

Any applicants to the PE with EBacc route must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or better at A level in the relevant EBacc subject. EBACC subject areas are Maths, English, History, MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), Geography and the Sciences

At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have with school aged children and your understanding of teaching within your chosen age range. The quality and variety of your personal statement is an important factor in the decision to call you to interview.

You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and meet the requirements for fitness to train to teach prior to starting the course and be assured against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of your PGCE. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

For further information about the Interview Process see our PGCE Secondary ITE Interview page.

For full entry requirements please see our admission requirements page.

 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement
If your degree does not include enough of your subject of interest, or if you just need a refresher course, the Department for Education sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses.

There is an expectation that students would have studied the subject at A level or equivalent. Visit the Subject Knowledge Enhancement page for further information.

 

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

 

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Full-time fee
The full-time course fee for September 2023 is £9,250.

Part-time fees
The fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses. This is divided between the two training years. 

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme. Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs that you will incur.

 

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses