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The Newcastle School of Education (NSE) have a reputation for excellence and have over 1,000 teachers coming to learn with us every year. We are only one of nine centres for excellence in teacher training in the UK.

Choose a rewarding and challenging career where you can inspire and change lives.

What is the PGCE?

Teachers play a key role in inspiring, motivating and shaping the lives of children and young people. If you have the capacity to listen, enthuse, and build strong and positive relationships whilst conveying your knowledge and understanding to others, then teaching is the career for you.

A post-graduate teaching qualification designed to meet the needs of teachers and lecturers who will be in a full teaching role with responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment. It is a Masters level qualification accredited through Teesside University and is aimed at teaching age 14 and above in schools, sixth forms and colleges.

We are offering 3 different PGCE routes from; English/Literacy - Maths/Numeracy - Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.

To work as a teacher you need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). One way of achieving this is to successfully complete a PGCE programme which leads to a recommendation for QTS. If you already have a degree then you can consider a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). A PGCE course mainly focuses on developing your teaching skills on the subject you intend to teach.

A mandatory part of PGCE courses are work placements to give you practical experience. We are delighted to be able to offer teaching placements within specific subject areas at Newcastle College. However you may also be expected to find your own placement with the support of NSE.

‘’I realised I could switch to Newcastle College and complete the final year of my PGCE. I was working full time whilst studying for my PGCE, meaning I had to balance my course work with the demands of my job. The flexibility of the part time course was something that really appealed to me and meant I could study on an evening when I had finished my day job’’.
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Flexible start dates with generous bursaries of up to £20,000*

We have a number of courses starting in January 2014, but we may also be able to offer April and May starts. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently announce bursaries of up to £20,000 to train to teach Maths, English or Special Education Needs (SEN) in further education colleges.Bursary amounts will vary depending on teacher training subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

Teaching is a prime career choice for high-quality graduates, and we are looking for excellent graduates wanting to train to teach secondary subjects. To encourage the best people to enter the profession, larger financial incentives are offered to trainees with 2:1 and first class degrees.

The bursary scheme recognises exceptional achievement outside of degree results and allows flexibility in some cases. In exceptional circumstances trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise allow. This allows the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2:2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career. Please see information on bursary levels below:

 Degree Class
SEN / LDD£9,000£4,0000

To find out more and how to apply call us on 0192 200 4565 or email Information and advice on bursaries can also be sought from the Student Loans Company at or by contacting the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.

*Bursaries are only available to those who already have a degree qualification and both eligibility and the amount of bursary will depend on the classification of your degree.

What are the requirements?

As part of the interview process, we will check your potential to support learners at Maths or English GCSE level or learners with SEN/LDD as part of the application and interview process.

Most applicants to the maths programmes have a degree in Maths, a joint degree with Maths or a degree qualification that incorporates key elements of Maths. Please note that other degrees will also be considered, subject to our assessment whether applicants have the necessary underpinning knowledge, skills and capacity to teach Maths to students at GCSE and level 3.

A range of degrees support access to the English and LDD programmes and our team can advise you on the skills you will need to show and develop as part of your PGCE programmes.

Find out more and apply today!

To find out about our range of teaching qualifications or see how the NSE can help you contact a member of our team on 0191 200 4565 or email:

Don’t forget our programmes are eligible for loans from Student Finance England which cover all fees and bursaries may be available to help with any other costs.

FREE introductory course!

If you are unsure about whether you are ready to study the PGCE, we can offer you an introductory programme linked to the national standards for teachers to get you started.

Find out more about our PGCE courses

PGCE Maths/Numeracy - click here

PGCE English/Literacy - click here

PGCE Learning Difficulties/Disabilities - click here

Grants of up to £2,500 available

Grants of up to £2,500 available for practitioners working with learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.

If you are planning to take a specialist professional development qualification, you could be eligible.

We are delighted to let you know that the DfE are offering grants for staff in the education and training sector to undertake professional development leading to the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Disabled Learners. This funding is targeted at teachers and learning support staff who have generic teaching qualifications or equivalent teaching experience and aim to ensure that these staff can complete a specialist programme for LDD / SEN.

Many children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) have poor outcomes in life. From September 2014, education and training providers will become part of a new 'birth to 25' system of support that will have a greater focus on supporting young people with LDD achieve well in education and training; lead happy and fulfilled lives; and grow up to secure employment, live independently and participate in their community.

You can use this bursary to fully cover the fees of the Level 5 FdA Education and Training for Specialists in Learning Difficulties and Disabilities at the School of Education.

Please contact us to register your interest in this programme at

We will be starting programmes from 20th Jan 2014 and may also begin programmes in February and/or March depending on demand. If you would like us to run a bespoke programme for your organisation at your workplace (groups of 15+), let us know and we will contact you to discuss this.

Eligibility for the grant:

• To be eligible for the grant, applicants need to be employed by an education and training sector workplace in England, and working with young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in a discrete or mainstream setting, and

• commence your programme before 1 April 2014 and have an anticipated completion date of not later than 30 December 2014.

The qualification
The programme is a continuing professional development qualification, which focuses on working effectively with learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and contains both theoretical and practical content. Participants are assessed through observations of their work with disabled learners and through other assessed activities, including some written assignments. Please note that all participants need to have a minimum of 50 hours teaching during the programme and complete four observations.

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