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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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
August 2022


Course summary

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 3-11. You will choose to specialise in either the 3-7 or the 5-11 age ranges. 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.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Clifton Campus
Ada Byron King Building, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via or

Other requirements

You’ll need to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and complete a Fit to Practise (FtP) questionnaire.

Every provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is required to check that an applicant is safe to work with young people under the age of 18, and is fit to practise as a teacher, before fully enrolling them onto their ITT course. It is a condition of your enrolment that you clear these checks, and complete a response to our simple FtP questions so that we can determine whether support is needed. Further details are provided through our enrolment procedures.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,200

Tuition fees for 2022 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2021 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government

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.

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

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 teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (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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