School of Education

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education

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Qualification: PGCE
Qualification name: Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Duration: 1 year full-time
Entry requirements: First degree or equivalent, plus GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, and you must pass the professional skills tests. View detailed entry requirements.
IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening)
Start date: September
Campus: Jubilee Campus
School: School of Education


Course overview

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.


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

  • An autumn term placement where you will begin to teach your subject and develop an understanding of all aspects of a school through a variety of tasks and observations
  • A 19-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 University

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

University support

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).

Apply now through UCAS


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Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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