This course is no longer accepting applications for 2022 entry.
We believe that every child deserves to have an education that enables them to reach their full potential. By becoming a teacher, you can nurture and inspire children to acquire knowledge and develop essential skills that form the blueprint for the rest of their lives. A career in teaching gives you the opportunity to play a pivotal role to help break cycles of poverty and low academic achievement.
It’s no secret that teaching will be challenging at times, but any career can be. With teaching, the difficult times are far outweighed by the rewards of influencing and shaping the lives of young people, instilling self-worth, bringing them out of their shell and helping them to develop lifelong values. The work is full of life, vibrancy and colour and no two days will be the same.
Key features of the Secondary PGCE
- Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in our 2022 inspection
- Qualified to teach Key Stage 3 to 5 (11-18 years)
- PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status
- Time spent in first placement school from week one of the course
- Second school placement starts in January
- University-based days spread across the year
- Subjects offered: English, geography, history, maths, modern languages, science
- Support of academic tutors and school-based mentors
- Opportunities for enrichment activities
- 60 masters-level credits which you can use towards a masters qualification
View our Secondary PGCE student profiles.
Why choose this course?
in our recent Ofsted inspection
High employment level
Many of our graduates secure employment in our local partnership schools.
in the world for education
Over 100 years
of experience in the field of education
Support from experts
across our partnership. You'll work with excellent teacher educators and school-based mentors.
This programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to become an effective educator and to enable you to develop your own theories of learning and models of good practice. It gives you extended placements in at least two schools, enabling you to gain a broad experience of different and contrasting educational settings.
You will actively work with tutors and peers, constantly exploring teaching and learning. You will engage with theory and research to make you a better teacher, for example we will look at theories about behaviour for learning to help you analyse what is and is not working in your classroom. Your university experience will include:
- working with groups of beginning teachers for your subject or phase
- modelling of teacher approaches you can use in your classroom
- exploring research and practice
- keynote inputs from experts, for example staff that specialise in special and educational needs and disabilities
- peer teaching and learning
- exploring and practising all elements of being a teacher in a 'safe' space
Placements - school-based learning
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with. University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year, to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.
We firmly believe that learning to become a great teacher isn’t about doing as many lessons as you can as quickly as possible. It is about gradually building up your experiences and working with experienced teachers in lots of different ways. Your school experience will include:
- a carefully structured programme to support your progress each term
- a gradual build-up of teaching
- observations across all key stages with expert teachers
- weekly mentor meetings to discuss your progress and agree targets for development
- involvement in all aspects of school life, for example helping with clubs, school trips, joining staff meetings, providing break-time duty
Throughout your time in school, you will undertake a wide range of professional development activities to develop your understanding of teaching and learning and the complex role of a teacher. Although placements are intensive and demanding, we carefully structure your progression, with a gradual build-up of teaching commitments, so you are well prepared to teach in different contexts. During your time on placement you will become part of your school's community and work professionally as a member of a team.
As part of your second placement, you will undertake a small-scale research project exploring your subject in relation to schools and society. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in an alternative educational setting, such as a special school, to further personalise your training and support your ongoing professional development.
Further information about our PGCE courses can be found on the School of Education Initial Teacher Education website.
Learning and Teaching in Schools
This 30-credit module explores teaching and learning in subject disciplines and more generally. An extensive programme of lectures and seminars will enable you to develop a practical knowledge of teaching informed by a critical understanding of theories of teaching and learning. The module is assessed through written assignments, presentations and related classroom-based work.
Schools and Society
This 30-credit module considers various aspects of teachers' wider professional roles as well as social, cultural and legal aspects of schooling. Most of the teaching takes place in cross-subject seminar groups and is assessed through written assignments and presentations, some of which are collaborative. Some subject work also contributes to this module.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue
for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Monday 22 August 2022.
Learning and assessment
How you will learn
- Group study
- Discussion group
- School-based teaching practice
How you will be assessed
- Teaching practice
Your practical teaching will be assessed by University tutors and school-based mentors/coordinators and moderated by external examiners. All elements of your work across the year will be taken into account and there are no written exams.
You will need to demonstrate your practical abilities as a teacher and your theoretical understanding of this practice and must fulfil the requirements for the Teacher Standards by the end of the course. We take an holistic approach to assessing whether you have met the standards that avoids gathering pieces of evidence to tick off boxes. Our key message is that if you are engaging successfully with all elements of your course you will be meeting the standards.
Fundamental mathematics and English skills
Before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you must be able to demonstrate competence in maths and English. At interview we will discuss your current level of ability and if needed, we will direct you to resources to engage with before the course. Throughout the course you will be supported to develop further to ensure you are fully competent by the end of your course.
Contact time and study hours
This is a full-time course and you should therefore expect to work full days when in university and on placement. You can view the draft timetable for 2020/21 for a guide as to what to expect.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Undergraduate degreeUK undergraduate degree/equivalent – in all cases we will be looking at the relevance of your degree alongside other qualifications in your proposed teaching subject, plus GCSE/equivalent – English language and mathematics, 4 (C) or above
- UK undergraduate degree/equivalent – in all cases we will be looking at the relevance of your degree alongside other qualifications in your proposed teaching subject
- GCSE/equivalent – English language and mathematics, 4 (C) or above
- Satisfactory medical report
- Enhanced Disclosure from Disclosure and Barring Service
- Visit DfE Find for more information on applying
- Visit Apply for teacher training to start your application
- Complete and submit the application form following the instructions
- Complete a personal statement
- Once you have submitted your application to Apply for teacher training, it is sent to us
- Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University
- Successful applicants will be offered a place
Where you will learn
Jubilee Campus has eco-friendly buildings, alongside green spaces, wildlife and a lake.
This campus is home to our business, education and computer science schools, as well as a sports centre and student accommodation.
You can walk to University Park Campus in around 20 minutes or catch a free hopper bus. Nottingham city centre is 20 minutes away by public bus.
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Additional information for international students
If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire
and your answers will be assessed using
guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time,
you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).
All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice.
As a student on a teacher training course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. This includes travel costs to your placement school which will obviously vary according to where you live, where you need to travel to, and your mode of transport.
Some of our courses will also include local visits or field trips which will also incur costs.You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles. The school covers the cost of a DBS check.
Teacher training bursary
You may be eligible for a bursary. Please visit the Department for Education website for further information.
Tuition fee and maintenance loans
You may be eligible to apply for a fee loan which covers the cost of the tuition fee. Maintenance loans are also available. Please visit the Student Loans Company website for more detail.
University of Nottingham Core Bursary
As a student on a PGCE course, you may be eligible for income assessed Core Bursary of up to £2,000.
These bursaries include support for students with financially dependent children or adults, or students who have been in care.
Please download our Student Services fact sheet (PDF) for more information on funding for initial teacher training. (Currently being updated for 2022)
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.
Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
International students who complete an eligible degree programme
in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK
after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible
courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters
and research degrees, and PGCE courses.
Over 95% of our graduates secure employment as teachers, a lot with local partnership schools where they have been placed during their training. Some graduates go overseas to work as a teacher.
Other graduates have gone on to work as counsellors, education advisers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors.
Your 60 masters-level credits may be used towards an MA Education or MA Education (Flexible) if you wish to continue studying at postgraduate level.
As an Early Career Teacher teacher you'll begin on a minimum salary of £25,714, or £26,948 in inner London.
You complete two school placements over the duration of this course and will spend time in your first placement school from week one. The second school placement will start in February.
University tutors and school coordinators/mentors work closely with you, and each other, throughout the year to support and challenge you to develop into the best teacher you can be.
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with.
I was drawn to the University of Nottingham because of their reputation for excellent Initial Teacher Education, and the support available from tutors, which has been especially helpful during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kimberley Fallon, Secondary PGCE Modern Languages graduate 2019/20
This content was last updated on Monday 22 August 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.