Postgraduate study
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PGCE Primary
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in any subject and GCSE English language, mathematics and science, 4 (C) or above
Other requirements
Applicants will also need to pass the Professional Skills test, meet the standards for 'Fitness to Teach', and complete an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£9,250 - Terms apply
International fees
£17,910 - Terms apply
Jubilee Campus



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.

Key facts

  • 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

Full course details

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.

First school placement

During this first school placement 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

This long-term placement allows you to become part of the school community and to work professionally as a member of a team. It begins in the spring term and continues into the summer term. It is an intensive and demanding phase of the course and begins with an induction to prepare you for teaching in a new context.

During the induction phase you will get to know the school mentor and other staff, observe teaching and support in the classroom, 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 school-based inquiry project where, working with others, you will formulate and develop a research project on an area of interest.

In addition to your school placements, you will undertake a number of university-based days over the course of the year, during which you will be part of interactive, practical sessions that support you to reflect on, and develop 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.


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.

Suitable candidates will be invited to interview at the University and if successful, you will be offered a place.

GCSE equivalencies

If you do not have GCSE qualifications, please view our information on the qualifications that we will accept as equivalent to GCSE  in English language, maths and science.




Learning and Teaching in Schools (Primary)

This 30-credit module explores teaching and learning in the primary context 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.

Issues in Primary Teaching

This 30-credit module considers various aspects of teachers' wider professional roles as well as social, cultural and legal aspects of schooling. The module is assessed through written assignments and presentations, some of which are collaborative.



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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

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.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study, as well as country-specific resources.

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. Please note that this information is subject to change.


Careers and professional development

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

You may choose to put your 60 masters-level credits towards MA Education or MA Education (Flexible).

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.


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.

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