Teacher Training and Education

Play a vital role in helping children and young people develop and fulfil their potential. Make a positive difference to their lives as they progress through their education. Enjoy excellent job prospects and a rewarding career with a teaching qualification.

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Courses we offer

Our Education courses are ranked 2nd in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2020. Funding for trainee teachers is better than it’s ever been and you may be eligible for a scholarship or tax-free bursary to help you with your studies. Take a look below to find the right course for you.

Undergraduate courses

Female teacher
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Education Studies

If a career in a wide range of educational contexts with young people and adults, such as teaching, support, training, administration, and research interests you, then this course is for you. Gain a depth of understanding about the aims and values of education in society today with a rigorous academic approach.  

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BA (Hons) Primary Ed
Full-time

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

This three-year course provides Initial Teacher Education for people who would like to teach at primary level. Gain both an honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and develop your critical understanding of effective teaching and learning within a primary context.

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BA (Hons) Education Studies - PT
Part-time

BA (Hons) Education Studies

If a career in a wide range of educational contexts with young people and adults, such as teaching, support, training, administration, and research interests you, then this course is for you. Gain a depth of understanding about the aims and values of education in society today with a rigorous academic approach.

Find out more about Education Studies
BSc (Hons) Physics with Mathematics Education (11-16) with QTS
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Physics with Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS

Gain a unique qualification which will allow you to teach two core subjects in schools, improving your employment prospects and career options considerably. This course has different entry points depending on your qualifications and you will graduate fully qualified to teach Physics and Mathematics in secondary schools.

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BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education (11-18 yrs) with QTS
Full-time

BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS

Complete an honours degree and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within three years, saving you time and money compared to traditional routes into teaching. This course develops your knowledge in Mathematics so that you are confident in your mastery of the subject, and forms part of our suite of Initial Teacher Education for people who would like to teach at secondary level.

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BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (0-11 years)
Full-time/Part-time

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Refine your professional approach, build up the graduate attributes of a reflective practitioner, and cover a range of topics that include child development, early years, the primary curriculum and family studies. Combine practical skills with academic rigour, and work more effectively with children in a variety of contexts.

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Professional Certificate in Education (PCET) In-service
Part-time

Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) In-service

Already working as a teacher or trainer in further education, and want to advance your career with a professional qualification? Develop an understanding of learning and learners and improve your teaching skills, while benefiting from national and international educational research and development work of our academics.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Postgraduate courses

PGCE Business Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Secondary Religious Education (11-16) with QTS

This course qualifies you to teach Religious Education (RE) at secondary level in any state-maintained school or academy in England and Wales. The one-year course blends expert theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience, combined with the subject knowledge required to develop confident and innovative teachers who will make this vital subject accessible to all learners. 

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Part-time

PGCE Primary Education (Independent Distance Learning)

This flexible course blends a range of teaching and learning formats to support all learners. You will study part-time over two years through a blended mode combining online independent distance learning (IDL) with some focused on-campus learning sessions and classroom based practice in school. It uses a range of teaching and learning methods to engage students. The course has been especially designed to fit around other commitments while leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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MA TESOL
Full-time

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Open yourself up to new opportunities around the world with this internationally-recognised qualification. Develop your teaching skills. Learn how to prepare lesson plans and graduate with a professional English teaching qualification that provides a passport to work in almost every country in the world.

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(PGCE) PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) In-service
Part-time

ProfGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) In-Service

Prepare yourself for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, which is a key qualification for teaching in further education and can be gained in the year after you finish the programme. QTLS is relevant to vocational training, adult education and teaching in sixth form colleges.

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MA TESOL PT
Part-time

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Open yourself up to new opportunities around the world with this internationally-recognised qualification. Develop your teaching skills. Learn how to prepare lesson plans and graduate with a professional English teaching qualification that provides a passport to work in almost every country in the world.

Find out more about Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
PGCE Science with Physics Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Science with Physics Secondary Education

Help to shape and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Make the most of bursaries of up to £30,000 and utilise your Physics background to enjoy a rewarding career.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Distance Learning
Full-time

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Independent Distance Learning)

Do you want to open yourself up to career opportunities around the world? Then this 18-month course is for you. Teachers with a qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are in high demand. You’ll combine theory with practice as you study various topics, including ‘Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching’ and you’ll teach a lesson at an institution in your own country.

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MA Education (Generic)
Full-time

MA Education (Full Time)

Build on your professional skills and educational leadership. Learn advanced research and study skills while acquiring Masters-level knowledge that is shaped by your personal interests and career aspirations.

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PGCE Primary Education (5-11 years)
Full-time

PGCE Primary Education

Become a primary school teacher and help children make the best possible start in life. Cover the knowledge and skills that are required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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PGCE School Direct (Salaried)
Full-time

PGCE School Direct (Salaried and Tuition Fees)

Learn on the job with our School Direct salaried and tuition routes. Become a school employee, develop first-class teaching skills and continue your employment once you have completed your Initial Teacher Training.

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teaching
Full-time

PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Postgraduate Certificate

Qualify to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector, which includes sixth form colleges, further education colleges, vocational training and adult education. Equip yourself to educate adults and young people, sharing your knowledge and helping others fulfil their potential.

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PGCE English Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE English Secondary Education

Share your passion for English with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. English is a core subject in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 so there will always be a need for effective and committed English teachers.

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PGCE Geography Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Geography Secondary Education

Guide generations of young people, and share your passion for human geography, physical geography, and the environment. Take advantage of financial incentives available for those who train to teach Geography including bursaries of up to £26,000.

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PGCE Science with Biology Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Science with Biology Secondary Education

Use your expertise in Biology to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, and help them to achieve their potential. Take advantage of generous bursaries from the Government to teach a subject where teachers are in high demand.

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PGCE Computer Science Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Computer Science Secondary Education

Help children develop new ways of thinking and new ways of being creative with code.  With Computer Science being a priority subject, attractive financial incentives are available to encourage talented programmers like you to become teachers.

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PGCE Science with Chemistry Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Science with Chemistry Secondary Education

Share your passion for Chemistry and inspire a new generation of scientists. Make the most of bursaries of up to £26,000 and utilise your Physics background to enjoy a rewarding career.

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PGCE Business Secondary Education
Full-time

PGCE Secondary History Education (11-16) with QTS

This course qualifies you to teach History at secondary level (11 to 16 year olds) in any state-maintained school or academy in England and Wales. The one-year course blends expert theoretical knowledge with carefully supervised teaching experience, combined with the subject knowledge required to develop confident and innovative teachers who will make this vital subject accessible to all learners. The School of Education work with partnerships to ensure that you receive the very best in teacher training preparing you to teach in any type of school.

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PGCE Mathematics Education - 1 Year with QTS
Full-time

PGCE Mathematics Education - 1 Year with QTS

Empower generations of young people as they learn and apply new mathematics principles – knowledge that they will use throughout their academic and professional careers. Generous bursaries of up to £26,000 are available for you to train to become a Maths teacher in 2018/19.

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National Award for Special Education Needs Co-ordination - PT
Part-time

PgCert National Awards for Special Educational Needs Coordination

Play an important role in leading the coordination of provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in schools. Directly address the learning outcomes for NASENCO that have been specified by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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Part-time

PgCert National Awards for Special Education Needs Coordination (Independent Distance Learning)

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to lead colleagues in meeting needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This independent distance learning course can be studied from anywhere in the world.

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PGCE Education (International)
Full-time

PGCE Education (Independent Distance Learning)

Do you want to gain an academic teaching qualification from a respected UK university? The University of Sunderland has been training teachers for over 100 years. Take advantage of our teaching expertise as we equip you with the skills to improve your teaching, while working towards a Certificate in Education (PGCE).

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BA/BSc (Hons) Education Studies - Combined Subjects
Part-time

PgCert Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Leading Provision and Practice (IDL)

Study from anywhere in the world. Enhance learning and teaching for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Develop your communication with colleagues, other professionals, parents and carers.

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SKE Computer Science
Full-time

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Computer Science

Develop relevant knowledge to teach Computer Science at secondary level. Study a broad range of topics such as computer architecture, algorithms, computer modelling, programming and machine representation of data. Complete this reputable course and progress to PGCE Computer Science, while looking forward to strong career prospects.

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MA International Education
Part-time

MA International Education (Independent Distance Learning)

Are you a teacher in an international school? Would you like to develop your professional practice? If so, this distance learning programme is for you. We will support your career development with a tight focus on the international school system and its challenges and opportunities. Enhance your employability, while working towards a Masters qualification.

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SKE Science Education
Full-time

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Science Education (Chemistry, Physics, Biology)

Do you need to improve your science subject understanding? Do you want to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)? If yes, this course will equip you with the knowledge you need to do just that. On completion, you’ll have strong career prospects both in the North East and nationwide.

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PGCert Early Years Teaching Overseas
Full-time

PGCE Early Years Teaching

Do you want to develop a specialism in teaching young children up to the age of five without leaving your home country? Then this course is for you. We’ve been teaching education for over 100 years, and this course builds on the University of Sunderland’s expertise in teacher training. You’ll explore how to assess development and how to lead Early Years provision, while working toward a PGCE in Early Years Teaching.

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Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (24 weeks)
Full-time

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Mathematics

Do you want to improve your maths knowledge and teach maths up to A Level? If so, this 28 week fast track course will boost your knowledge and enable you to do just that. You’ll cover areas such as geometry, calculus, statistics and mechanics, while working towards completing initial teacher training (ITT).

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Professional Certificate in Education (PCET) Pre-service
Part-time

ProfGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Pre-Service

Do you want to teach young people and adults? If yes, this part-time course will provide you with the necessary qualifications to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Combine study with work and family commitments. Study on a course directly informed by the national and international research of the teaching team, and benefit from its direct link to SUNCETT, our Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.

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BA/BSc (Hons) Creative Writing - Combined Subjects
Part-time

PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Pre-Service

Aspire to teach? Then this part-time PCET course will put you on the right track to becoming a teacher in the post-compulsory education and training sector. Combine study with work and family commitments. Study a range of relevant topics and benefit from the opportunity to design, deliver and evaluate teaching and learning in real-world classroom settings. Improve your teaching skills as you gain a recognised university qualification.

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MA Education (Independent Distance Learning)
Full-time/Part-time

MA Education (Independent Distance Learning)

Are you a Teacher or Educationalist? Do you want to develop your professional practice? This distance learning programme provides the opportunity to continue your professional development and acquire advanced research and study skills whether you are in the UK or Overseas. Combine study with paid work or family commitments, and enhance your skills and understanding to equip you for various roles including teaching and educational management.

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MA Education (Generic) PT
Part-time

MA Education (Part-time)

Are you a Teacher or Educationalist who would like to develop your professional practice? This part-time course will support your career development while enabling you to develop advanced research and study skills. Develop professional practice, while acquiring Masters-level knowledge that will prepare you for promotion in roles linked to teaching. On completion, your skills and understanding will be enhanced for roles in teaching,educational management and other educational settings.

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Full-time/Part-time

MPhil Master of Philosophy

Take your education to the next level. Choose the areas you want to study, and which questions you want to research. Take the initiative while we support you with advice, guidance and facilities.

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Medicine
Full-time/Part-time

PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Refine your own agenda and do what you find interesting every day. Develop mastery of research methods that are appropriate to your chosen field. Discover things that no-one else has ever discovered.

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Part-time

DProf Professional Doctorate

Study for a doctoral qualification based on your professional role. Reflect on contemporary issues in the workplace.

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Part-time

PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work

Take the fastest route to a PhD. Convert your previous research outputs into a qualification which will increase your employability and open up new opportunities. Progress your academic career and add credibility in applications for research funding.

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Part-time

Higher Doctorate

Take your academic career to the highest level. Make a very significant and sustained contribution to your subject. Gain an elite qualification that will mark you out as an outstanding contributor to your field.

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Customised Awards Scheme
Full-time/Part-time

Customised Awards Scheme

Pick and choose the modules you want to study to build a tailor-made course. Available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, this course allows you to gain a qualification that closely matches your particular needs.

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Top quality provision

According to our most recent Ofsted report, some key strengths of our provisions are strong communication and positive relationships between the University and its partner schools, and the commitment of trainers in partnership schools to the all-round development of the trainees. We also rose 21 places in the Education category of the latest Complete University Guide. Our comprehensive courses will give you the skills needed to make a real difference in educating the next generation, as well as thrive on a personal level with a rewarding career. 

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Gain valuable experience

One of the most exciting aspects of our Teacher Training and Education courses is the opportunity to gain experience in schools, working alongside teachers and their students and developing practical teaching skills as you progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. The quality of placements reflects the strong relationships we have developed with primary and secondary schools and colleges across the North East region.

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