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Course overview

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 Secondary PGCE

  • 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 'theory' days spread across the year
  • Subjects offered: Englishgeographyhistorymathsmodern languagesscience
  • Support of academic tutors and school-based mentors
  • Opportunities for enrichment activities
  • 60 masters-level credits which you can use towards a masters qualification

Student profiles

View our Secondary PGCE student profiles.

Why choose this course?

Rated 'Outstanding'

in our last Ofsted inspection

Over 95% of graduates

secure employment as teachers

School partnerships

across the East Midlands

Top 100

in the world for education

200 years

of experience in the field of education

Course content

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.

Placements

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 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.

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.

Modules

Core modules

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 Friday 13 November 2020.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group study
  • Tutorials
  • Placements
  • Discussion group

How you will be assessed

  • Workplace-based assessment
  • Presentation
  • Coursework

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.

Entry requirements

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 – 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

Applying

  • Decide which subject you want to teach
  • Apply via UCAS-TT, using our institution code: NOTTM N84
  • Complete and submit the application form following the UCAS instructions
  • Complete a personal statement
  • Once you have submitted your application to UCAS-TT, it is sent to us
  • Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University
  • Successful applicants will be offered a place

You will also need a satisfactory medical report and Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Tips for completing your personal statement and application can be found on the School of Education Initial Teacher Education website

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

Qualification PG Certificate
Home / UK £9,250
International £20,000

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

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.

Funding

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.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

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.

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.

Graduate destinations

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.

Career progression

As a newly qualified teacher you'll begin on a salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 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.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates

Related courses

The University has been awarded Gold for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Friday 13 November 2020. 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.