Creative Education Trust English (N587)

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

Accredited body
The University of Nottingham
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
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Course summary

This course is supported by University of Nottingham and prepares you to teach English to pupils aged 11 to 16. You should consider this course if you want to contribute to young people’s development by enabling them to acquire a knowledge base in English as well as the skills associated with practical aspects of the subject.

On a personal level, you will develop a professional understanding of current issues in education along with the ability to effectively communicate and reflect upon your teaching.

Our aim is to produce confident, imaginative and successful English teachers.

You will be taught and supported by highly experienced teams who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

School placements

You will work within the Creative Education Trust at one of our secondary schools in Nottingham.

The School Direct route offers trainees an extended Professional Practice placement in one main school, supplemented by an additional placement (half a term) in a contrasting school.

This ensures a varied and balanced experience of teaching in different settings, whilst allowing you to contribute significantly to the life of your main school.

We ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to observe the best classroom practice and your individual needs will be met through mentoring.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Bulwell Academy
Squires Avenue, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8HG
Ellis Guilford School
Bar Lane, Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0HT

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Your degree subject should be in English or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

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

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

The University of Nottingham offer an equivalency test which is free of charge to offer holders. Alternative equivalency tests are not accepted. You can only take this test once, no opportunity to re-sit is offered.

Personal qualities

Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.

Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.

Other requirements

Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.

Applicants must also obtain:

An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £20,000

Fees are for 2023/24 academic year and subject to change.

Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University of Nottingham library.

About the training provider

Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Our teacher training ethos echoes our commitment to the young people in our schools: to promote creative, integrated and pro-active thinking, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. We work in partnership with a number of ITE providers to ensure that we are able to offer opportunities in a broad range of subjects throughout our geographically diverse Trust schools.

Creative Education Trust is committed to offering trainee teachers the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues. Whilst we are unable to guarantee employment, historically 100% of our graduating School Direct trainees have been employed in Trust schools and continue to be supported in their development through the Early Career Framework.

If you would like to explore opportunities to join us, we currently offer School Direct training at the following schools:

Ash Green School (Coventry), Wrenn School (Wellingborough), Weavers Academy (Wellingborough), Abbeyfield School (Northampton), Milton Keynes Academy (MK), Ellis Guilford School (Nottingham), Bulwell Academy (Nottingham), Lynn Grove Academy (Great Yarmouth), and Caister Academy (Great Yarmouth).

Should you wish to spend a day in school prior to submitting your application, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

About the accredited body

The University of Nottingham has been involved in teacher education for over 120 years; with courses were rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2022). University of Nottingham courses are designed to challenge students’ ideas on learning and teaching and enable them to experience and develop for themselves a wide variety of styles and techniques to use in the classroom. They also offer a strong emphasis on emotional wellbeing, supporting new teachers in developing their own identities and embedding work ethics that enable them to thrive and enjoy teaching as a profession.

Interview process

There is a two-stage process for this School Direct course.

Your initial interview will be held at the University’s School of Education, where there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. They will be keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria that will be used at interview to decide whether you are suitable for a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues;
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
  • an open and enquiring mind;
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
  • motivation and commitment to teaching students of all levels of ability;
  • maturity and self-confidence;
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.

If you are successful at this initial interview you will be invited to join us in our school setting. This interview will include:

  • presentation of a 20-minute lesson
  • a formal interview
  • the opportunity to tour the school, to get a feel for our ethos and to ensure that this is the right place for you to complete your training

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

Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane
West Midlands

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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