Learning Difficulties and Disabilities - PGCE for Specialists (Full-Time)

Level 7 - Postgraduate Study or NVQ Level 7 or Equivalent

Subject Area Teaching

Attendance Full-Time


The course will give you the skills and confidence you need to become an effective teacher of learners with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD)/special educational needs (SEN).

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and principles to become a skilled and reflective teacher of learners with learning difficulties and disabilities in the sector and analyse the many changes currently affecting the wider education sector.

PGCE Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Specialist is delivered in partnership with Teesside University.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Teaching Development Centre, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is aimed at graduates either currently in/or seeking to pursue a career in the wider education sector and who wish to work with LDD learners.

This is a Level 7 (Masters level) course validated by Teesside University and is mapped to professional standards for the sector.

From 2007 all new entrants to teaching and training in further and adult education must meet these standards in order to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning Skills Sector).

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a PGCE for Specialists in Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, validated by Teesside University.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

This course has been informed by the most recent developments in educational research and government policy. The course will give you the skills and confidence you need to become an effective teacher.

Level 6 Modules

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • Theories, Principles and Models in Education and Training
  • Understanding Theories and Frameworks for Teaching Disabled Learners

Level 7 (Masters) Modules

  • Developing Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Education and Training
  • Wider Professional Practice and Development in Education and Training
  • Action Learning for Inclusive Teaching in a Specialist Area of Disability

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of

  • Presentations
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • On-line activities
  • Class Work
  • Your placement and teaching practice
  • Group Work
  • Individual activities and reflection
  • Group Work

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a combination of reports, assignments, portfolios of evidence and observed practical teaching.

Progression Opportunities

This course comprises units which attract Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points.

These can help successful students progress to a Masters Degree in Education, and 60 credits at Level 7 can be taken towards the Masters in Education and Professional Development at the School of Education

Career Opportunities

PGCE Young People and Adult Learning Specialists Sector fully meets the requirements for Initial Teacher Training for the post compulsory sector and leads to achievement of QTLS.

Candidates with QTLS have parity of
esteem with holders of secondary QTS and can be employed in schools.

Entry Requirements

You must hold a good degree level qualification in the subject area you wish to teach. Due to the academic demands of the course, this is likely to be a first or a 2.1 (If your degree is a lower classification, you may consider our Professional Graduate Certificate Course which is at Level 6.)

You must have at least 100 hours of teaching practice.

You must meet the required standards for language, literacy, numeracy and ICT at level 2. In your teaching practice.

You will also need support from a mentor
from your own subject area, who may be expected to carry out teaching observations with support from the School of Education.

If English is not your first language, you will require a minimum English Language assessment score of 6.5.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at gov.uk/studentfinance or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk