Postgraduate Courses: Admission Requirements

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Last Updated: January 29th 2019

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 Newman University. You will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for capacity to teach and pass the National Skills Tests prior to starting the course. For more information on your DBS application please visit the How do I complete my DBS form advice page.

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.

At interview you will be asked about any experiences that you have had with school aged children and your understanding of teaching your chosen subject.

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 4 (or 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

PGCE Secondary

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) English language, Mathematics (and Science for Secondary Science) at grade 4 (or 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

 

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 Michaela Artingstall, Head of Registry Operations on 0121 476 1181, extension 2426, 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 2426
E: admissions@newman.ac.uk

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