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 a:

  • period of ‘school experience’ performing a variety of tasks and observations, and beginning to teach your subject
  • sixteen week period of ‘teaching practice’ during which you will teach across the secondary key stages
  • ‘school-based inquiry’ which is an opportunity to reflect upon and develop your skills and insights, and to consider 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

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 December 2013

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 2013 
Course Introduction


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