Applications for teacher training courses must be made through UCAS Teacher Training.
We have been a leading provider of teacher education since 1890, and it is this exemplary heritage, coupled with our drive to innovate and excel that makes us one of the foremost institutions for teacher training in the UK.
Undertaking teacher training at the University of Nottingham enables you to benefit from a combination of expert academic knowledge and an emphasis on practical skills. Our trainee teachers are placed in schools in week one, and are fully supported by a bespoke programme of assistance throughout their training year. Furthermore, you will be taught by academics who are all experienced teachers and who are recognised nationally and internationally for their work.
By choosing to study teacher training at Nottingham, you will not only be maximising your potential to become an amazing teacher, but you will also have an in-depth understanding of the relationship between educational theory and practice, making you a highly skilled education professional.
Focusing on the six core subjects of English, geography, history, maths, science and modern languages our secondary programmes equip you with the skills and knowledge to make the subject come alive for your students. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the curriculum and will gain practical experience on placements in our partner schools.
- We are ranked 8th in the UK for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- The programmes inspected during our last visit from Ofsted were rated 'Outstanding'
- Over 95% of our teacher training graduates secure employment as teachers
Undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) or relevant professional qualification, with 50% typically in the chosen teaching discipline; plus GCSE English and mathematics, 4 (C) or above.
Applicants will also need to meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach', and complete an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
If you do not have GCSE qualifications, please view our information on the qualifications that we will accept as equivalent to GCSE (PDF).
First school placement
The programme begins with an induction at the university, during which you will spend two days in your first placement school. From week three, you will be based in school where you will undertake a variety of tasks and observations as you are gradually introduced to teaching. You will work closely with your school-based mentors and with your tutor, who visits you in school.
Second school placement
Beginning in January, this long-term placement allows you to become part of the school community and to work professionally as a member of a team. It is an intensive and demanding phase of the course and begins with an induction week to prepare you for teaching in a new context. You will get to know the school mentor and other staff, observe teaching and support in the classroom, and become familiar with the materials and facilities for teaching and with the way pupils are grouped and cared for within the school system.
As part of this second placement you will undertake a small scale research project where you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest 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 or hospital school to further personalise your training and support your on-going professional development.
In addition to your school placements, you will also complete 40 University-based days spread across the year, where you are part of a vibrant cohort of beginning teachers, reflecting on and developing your practice.
Throughout the course you will have a personalised programme of professional development, reflecting on the insights derived from experiences through the year. You will be continually challenged to think about your own personal growth and identity as a beginning teacher.
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.
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 that 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. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
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.
We have a very strong, collaborative partnership with the schools we work with, which supports your development as a beginning teacher. 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.
You need to apply via UCAS-TT, using our institution code: NOTTM N84. You must complete and submit the application form following the UCAS instructions, and submit a personal statement.
A decision on your application will be made within 40 working days from your initial submission, and suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University. If successful, you will be offered a place.
Careers and professional development
Over 95% of our teacher training graduates secure employment as teachers but other career destinations include counsellors, education advisers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors.
You may choose to put your 60 masters-level credits towards MA Education or MA Education (Flexible).
Average starting salary and career progression
As a newly qualified teacher you'll begin on a salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Fees and funding
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. Please note that this information is subject to change.
Scholarships and bursaries
Teacher training bursary
You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £32,000. 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 from the Student Loans Company, which covers the cost of the tuition fee. Maintenance loans are also available from the Student Loans Company.
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.
University of Nottingham Potential Bursary
These bursaries include support for students with financially dependent children or adults, or students who have been in care.
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.