The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching, providing student teachers with the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children, including at post-16. The strong emphasis of the course is on learning from experience through reflection and enquiry.
The Secondary PGCE forms a practical introduction to teaching. You will develop the professional expertise, knowledge and understanding to teach secondary age children. You will also gain experience of teaching at post-16 level.
The course has a strong focus on learning from experience, through reflection and enquiry. This process of reflective enquiry underpins the development of teaching skills. It also forms the basis for the written work submitted as part of your PGCE.
During the PGCE you will undertake 60 credits of master's-level modules. The course modules are rooted in school and classroom practice. They work to complement your experiences - enhancing outcomes and your professional development.
You will graduate with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if you:
-Complete these components
-Meet the Teachers’ Standards through your practical engagement in schools
An understanding of the relationship between theory, practice and research underpins the PGCE. Two thirds of your time (around 130 days) is spent on placements in partnership schools. This provides a firm practical and theoretical foundation for the professional journey towards becoming an outstanding practitioner.
During your training at Newcastle University you will:
-Develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding expected of newly qualified teachers
-Extend your awareness of effective teaching in your subject area through subject-based/curriculum studies
The course emphasis is on enhancing the learning, progress and welfare of young people. The research interests of our staff support these key interests.
The course starts in early September and continues until June. The course structure follows school term dates in opposed to university semesters.
Newcastle University sessions take place throughout the year. You will need to attend group sessions every Friday during the first half of the course. Other learning, training and discussion opportunities include:
You will spend at least two thirds of the PGCE on school placements. Placements include periods of teaching practice and observation. This allows school and university staff to supervise your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. You may also undertake subject-specific school visits to observe good practice and work-related challenges.
Newcastle University has positive and long-standing relationships with partnership schools across the North East. This helps us to provide you with a range of experiences across a range of contexts.
Trainees are usually placed in two schools. Where possible, these will provide contrasting experiences in respect of academic and behavioural demand.
Postgraduates in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences have access to our:
On successful completion of the course you can continue your studies part time on our Practitioner Enquiry MEd. The MEd focuses on teaching and learning in school settings. It also draws on your day-to-day teaching experience.
Our PGCE graduates gain fast-track entry onto the course. This allows you to complete the Practitioner Enquiry MEd in two years.
Our course will enable you to develop advanced skills and knowledge in restorative dentistry. Building on basic principles, the course provides consultant-led clinical and laboratory practice. You will undertake restorative cases requiring both routine and complex treatments. This involves treatment planning, clinical procedures and technical work.
The course has a substantial clinical component with clinically related sessions accounting for 60%. Specialists and consultants provide clinical teaching and supervision, supported by a comprehensive seminar programme. You can find profiles of our staff on the School of Dental Sciences website.
We provide an evidence base for restorative dentistry and opportunities for applied research. The research element of the course contributes to 40% of the final mark. You will undertake a research project that contributes to the Centre of Oral Health Research (COHR) research profile. You will also have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers in the COHR.
Our graduates have progressed to careers in:
-Enhanced dental practice
-Restorative consultancy (in the UK and abroad)
-Senior academic posts
The course is highly reviewed by our external examiners and by former students. Our students always emphasise the importance of engaging with like-minded and enthusiastic colleagues.
This is a full time taught course. Part time study is only available for those enrolled on a Northern Deanery training programme (eg Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry).
We deliver teaching through:
All teaching takes place during the day at our Newcastle campus. We make full use of our partnership with the NHS, involving:
The School of Dental Sciences is modern, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. We enjoy well-equipped, light and airy clinics. You will have access to our dental e-learning portfolio (identity). We will also loan you a tablet device to facilitate and encourage engagement with the evidence base during treatment clinics.
We have a range of research laboratories and a clinical research facility. This enables us to offer clinical training/research opportunities of the highest international standard.
There is no formal interview for entry to this course, but we may request contact via Skype to talk about your application. We encourage you to visit the School of Dental Sciences to discuss your studies. Alongside your application please submit a personal statement including:
The course starts in September.
Applications for September 2018 entry are now open. The closing date for entry is May 2018, however, we recommend you apply as early as possible as places are limited.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.