School of Education

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education


Applications for this course can now be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

This course starts in September and is available for full-time study.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach in secondary schools (age 11-18). It closely follows the Department of Education requirements for initial teacher training. You are expected to evaluate your experience in light of these requirements and participate in activities throughout the course to develop new skills and understanding.

Your time in schools will include placements in two different schools:

  • an autumn term placement where you will begin to teach your subject and, also, develop an understanding of all aspects of a school through a variety of tasks and observations:
  • a nineteen week placement, running over the spring and summer terms, during which you will teach across the secondary key stages;

As part of the second placement, you will undertake a ‘school-based inquiry’ which is an opportunity to collaboratively inquire into a whole school issue, whilst reflecting upon and developing your skills and considering ways of promoting your own professional development.

At the University you will attend lectures and seminars addressing:

  • specifics of teaching your chosen subject;
  • whole school issues as part of the 'schools and society' programme including: the physical, social and emotional development of pupils, pupil behaviour, social issues in education, professional conduct and continuing development as a teacher, current development in policy and curriculum.

Our style of teaching at the university is based on interactive learning and we endeavour to model approaches and practices that you can transfer to your own classroom practice.

You are supported throughout the year by mentors in school and University tutors. The school and University elements are closely related and provide an excellent opportunity to learn to teach in a tightly structured, research informed environment. 

This PGCE course awards the prestigious University of Nottingham PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 Masters credits (towards an MA Education).

All our Initial Teacher Training courses are highly rated locally and many of our students go on to work in partner schools each year. Ofsted judged the PGCE course to be outstanding and noted many key strengths, including:

'Outstanding' - Ofsted report 2014

The very high levels of professionalism and strong commitment of trainees, NQTs and former trainees to improving their practice. Their high aspirations for the pupils they teach result from the excellent training they receive and the strong ethos of inclusivity and achievement for all that permeates the training programmes. Ofsted 2014 
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School of Education

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4543
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6600
email: EducationEnquiries@nottingham.ac.uk