School of Education

Primary PGCE School Direct

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Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: End of August
Places: See course availability
Campus: Jubilee Campus

Course overview

On the Primary PGCE School Direct programme you will spend each Friday at the University to learn as part of a professional cohort of beginning teachers with the rest of the week learning to teach in your placement school.  

You will also complete a placement in a second school that promotes collaborative learning, and have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of educational settings.  

You will need to apply to a specific school/alliance through UCAS - please see the links below for more information. Early applications are advised as the award of places will be highly competitive and made on a first come first served basis.


University support

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 Primary PGCE School Direct course awards the prestigious University of Nottingham PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 masters credits (towards an MA Education).  

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Our employment rates are consistently high, last year 100% of our Primary PGCE School Direct Trainees secured employment as a teacher in a school.

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