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: 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.
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 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.
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
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.