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, bring 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 Primary PGCE
- Qualified to teach Key Stage 1 and 2 (5-11 years)
- PGCE qualification with Qualified Teacher Status
- Time spent in first placement school from week one of the course
- Second school placement starts in February
- University-based 'theory' days spread across the year
- Support of academic tutors and school-based mentors
- Opportunities for enrichment activities
- 60 masters-level credits which you can use towards a masters qualification
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.
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.
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 where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest. You will also experience enrichment days and weeks in a range of educational settings to further support your ongoing professional development - this will include a week in a special school.
In addition to your school placements, you will also complete university-based days spread across the year, where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing your practice.
Further information about our PGCE courses can be found on the School of Education Initial Teacher Education website.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Undergraduate degreeUK undergraduate degree/equivalent – any subject, plus GCSE/equivalent – English language, mathematics and science, 4 (C) or above
Teacher training bursary
You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £24,000. 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.
There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.
We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.
Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.