Nottingham Catholic Initial Teacher Training Partnership Primary (2LYB)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Nottingham Trent University
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This unsalaried training route is available at the following schools. Please email NCITTP with details of the schools that you are interested in when you apply, if they do not appear in the choices list:

Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic Voluntary Academy, Clifton Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy, Hucknall Our Lady & St Edward Primary & Nursery Catholic Voluntary Academy, Sneinton Sacred Heart Primary, Carlton Saint Margaret Clitherow, Nottingham Saint Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Mapperley St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Edwalton St Patrick’s ,Mansfield St Patrick’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School, Wilford St Teresa’s CVA Primary School, Nottingham Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Bulwell St Jospeh’s (Boughton) St Joseph’s (Mansfield) The Good Shepherd, Nottingham

Course aims:

  • to gain practical teaching experience in contrasting schools
  • to build confidence and help you reflect on your professional practice
  • to become an authority on the latest curriculum development, issues and innovations
  • to learn to manage pupils’ behaviour and maintain a purposeful learning environment
  • to grow confidence in the latest technologies and develop multimedia resources
  • to leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career by taking three core modules.

Subject Studies: You will learn all aspects of how to teach your subject, including planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management.

Professional Studies: You will learn about working in classrooms and schools, and the broader context of teaching today.

Professional Practice: You will have opportunities for observation, practice and investigation in two contrasting schools.

Trainees will spend 4 days per week in school with 1 day per week being a training day at University.

Training days will take place at Nottingham Trent University.

School placements

We believe contrasting placements are the key to a rich and diverse training experience, so as well as your main placement school you’ll also spend six weeks in another school. You will also undertake a shorter placement in other environments such as a Secondary school. This means you’ll be exposed to all kinds of teaching experiences and challenges, gaining a clear insight on how to teach a full spectrum of learners in a range of school contexts.

We have close links with a number of selected partner Primary schools across the East Midlands, which enables you to access a diverse range of establishments during your teaching practice. Our network of partner schools offer you a breadth of experience and the opportunity to train in schools of different sizes and specialisms.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Alliance Primary Schools
Nottingham Catholic Initial Teacher Training Partnership, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QY
Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic Voluntary Academy
Listowel Crescent, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 9BH
Sacred Heart Primary (Carlton)
19 Southcliffe Rd, , Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 1EQ
Saint Margaret Clitherow, Nottingham
Mildenhall Crescent, Bestwood Park, Nottingham, NG5 5RS
Saint Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy
Rsoemary Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 6AA
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
Newstead Avenue,, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 6NU
St Anne’s CVA Primary, Buxton (Derbyshire)
Lightwood Rd, , Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 7AN
St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Nottingham
Mapperley Road, Nottingham, NG3 4JS
St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School
Tewkesbury Close, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5NH
St Patrick’s (Mansfield)
Ling Forest Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 3NJ
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary & Nursery School, Wilford, Notts
Coronation Avenue, Wilford, Nottingham, NG11 7AB
St Teresa’s CVA Primary School
Kingsbury Drive, Aspley, Nottingham, NG8 3EP
St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Market Harborough
Coventry Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9BZ
The Priory School, Nottingham
57 Raglan St, , Eastwood, , Nottingham, NG16 3GU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

These must be from an NTU approved provider.

Personal qualities

  • Desire and passion to become a teacher and to challenge and inspire your students.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proficiency in both written and spoken English.

  • Strong subject knowledge and an understanding of it in the context of educating young people.

  • Commitment to high standards and excellence.

  • A wider understanding of the purpose of education.

  • Resilience and determination to succeed both as a trainee and as a teacher.

  • The ability to meet the mental and physical demands of classroom teaching.

Other requirements

  • DBS Checks.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed through the university and NCITTP in line with the DfE’s new requirements. The NCITTP will give you further details of this process on receipt of your application

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Trainees are responsible for pay their own university fees. This route is unsalaried.

About the training provider

We are delighted that you are considering training with our partnership and we would really like you to apply to join us. Providing a high level of care and support for our trainees is part of our ethos. Our places are open to all applicants who share our values and are passionate about supporting the learning of our students.

Our partnership is founded on the principle of collaboration and an absolute belief that by working together we can improve outcomes for all students in all of our schools. Our schools have a long record of partnership with our Higher Education partners in helping to train teachers. School Direct gives us the chance to select and train our own outstanding teachers of the future.

If you choose to train with us you can expect:

  • successful trainees will obtain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by the end of the programme
  • a programme that gives you four days a week in school and one day a week at University
  • the chance to observe and work with outstanding teachers
  • outstanding mentoring from an experienced and trained mentor
  • a bespoke programme of support sessions
  • a comprehensive induction programme
  • a second school placement in a contrasting school

We are working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, University of Leicester, University of Derby and Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

We are committed to identifying, training and developing outstanding teachers of the future.

About the accredited body

Nottingham Institute of Education at NTU is one of the foremost providers of education and training for teachers and other learning and development professionals. Our courses and research span all phases of learning and development – from the early years, right through to adult education.

We have extensive partnership links with many settings, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and academies across the East Midlands. Our latest Ofsted inspection praised these partnerships, recognising the strength of our links with local schools and the range of specialist placements for trainee teachers, giving them access to high-quality training.

Interview process

Please note that we are open for recruitment as normal. Our selection process will be in the form of face to face interview, task and presentation.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview at Nottingham Trent University.

You will then be invited to attend an interview with us, usually held online where you will be welcomed by a member of the NCITTP team.

At interview you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge through a short teaching activity with students. You will also give a 5 -10 minute presentation on a topic connected to your interest in your subject area and your motivation to teach.

Throughout the day you will be able to meet staff and students, ask questions and seek support with the next steps open to you.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We coordinate support and access arrangements for disabled applicants with specific learning difficulties. We work with academic staff, Universities and external agencies to meet individual access requirements.

Our commitment is to ensure that everybody has an equal opportunity to become an active part of school life irrelevant of their needs.

The Teaching School is committed to equality and aims to comply with the Equality Act (2010).

Contact this training provider

0115 982 4280
The Becket Way
Wilford Lane
West Bridgford

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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