School of Education

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education

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Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
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).
This is required for international students only.
Pearson Test of English Academic: 62 (with no less than 55 in reading and writing and 5.1 in speaking and listening).
This is required for international students only.
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). 


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

Support and enrichment opportunities

Over the duration of the PGCE course we offer a range of support and enrichment opportunities that allow our students to make the best possible progress and explore personal areas of interest. Examples of this aspect of the course are:

Student Support Groups – we offer support groups for internationally educated students, career changers and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans students.

Special Interest Groups – these are optional sessions for students to explore particular areas of interest and have access to additional opportunities. This year the groups have been:

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Culturally responsive curricula
  • Creative pedagogies
  • Learning Technologies

Flexible Fortnight – we have a period of the course in May which is flexible in nature and designed to support individuals to respond to personal development needs and interests. Many students undertake short placements at this point of the course in a range of educational provisions such as special schools. You can find out more in our Flexible-Fortnight booklet.

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


Education Enquiries
School of Education
The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road

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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