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Nottingham Trent University Primary (X100)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

The PGCE in Primary Education aims to enable you to become a confident and competent Primary Teacher who can enable children to learn effectively across the whole curriculum.

The course also develops your understanding of the demands of the National Curriculum, the Curriculum for the Foundation Stage and other Government initiatives. This PGCE will train you to teach children aged 5 to 11. It provides training in all primary stage National Curriculum subjects, with a particular focus on mathematics, English and science. Successful completion of this PGCE leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). After this you will need to complete an induction period as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) through a three-term period of assessment in a single school, which will help to ensure that your teaching career is built on a firm foundation.

The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education; and
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained.

Both of these are internationally recognised teaching qualifications, with the Postgraduate Certificate also allowing fast-track entry onto a Masters course.

School placements

Approximately two-thirds of your course time will be spent in primary schools. There are three main periods of school-based training: an initial two-week placement during the autumn term, followed by two major block placements; a 12-week period starting in the autumn term and concluding in the summer term, and a 7-week period during the spring term. There are also 3 weeks of additional enhancement placements across the year, which will broaden your experience and support your ability to meet a range of children’s needs.

We are in partnership with a wide range of schools, so your placements may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations. Over the course of the year you should therefore experience schools in a range of locations and serving varying demographics and needs. This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A minimum 2:2 in your degree. GCSEs or equivalent at grade C / 4 or above in English, Maths and Science. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via and Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered. Two references: one vocational and one academic.

Other requirements

You’ll need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, a Prohibition Order check and complete a Fit to Practice (FTP) questionnaire before you start the course.

What is an FTP? The health questionnaire is part of the Fitness to Practice process that you are required to undertake, prior to you commencing an Initial Teacher Training course. Once you are Unconditional Firm with NTU, the QMC will email you a link to an online questionnaire. Once completed, the nurses at the QMC will carry out their assessment. This process is confidential.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,200

About the training provider

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) reputation is long established. We’ve been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.

Why choose NTU? Working with schools A great strength of our courses is the extensive partnership links that we have with over 600 primary, secondary and post-16 settings across the East Midlands. These relationships enable you to gain a wide experience of teaching in many different educational environments. Experiences vary from city centre to suburban and semi-rural settings, laying a sound foundation for future professional development.

Student diversity We are committed to promoting a diverse body of teacher trainees. Our students are made up of different backgrounds, nationalities and faiths.

Experienced lecturers and informed courses NTU is home to an enthusiastic, expert group of academic staff who are leading researchers and practitioners in the education field. This means that, not only is your course informed by the latest thinking, but also that you will learn from people with a real passion for their subject.

Interview process

Interviews will be completed online. The process will be led by an experienced interviewer and will consist of individual and collaborative elements.

Collaborative task You will work in a pair or a three, collaborating on a task relating to classroom practice. This will assess your understanding of issues relating to teaching and learning, as well as evaluating your capabilities for collaborative work

Written task You will complete a piece of writing to a set title, drawing on a piece of research that you will have been asked to complete pre-interview. This will be used to evaluate your ability to write in clear and accurate Standard English, and also to gain insight into your academic writing capabilities.

Individual interview You will have an individual interview lasting around 30 minutes which will explore your understanding of and opinions on aspects of the teaching profession and the practice of Primary classroom teachers.

Training with disabilities and other needs

You will receive lots of support based around your school placements, with planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues. You can also tap into a range of services at any time, including: Financial Support Services, Counselling, Disability Support, Support, Mature Student Support and Mental Health Support.

Contact this training provider

0115 848 4200
50 Shakespeare Street

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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