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
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 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 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.
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.
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.