Taught course

Post-Compulsory Education and Training

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education

Entry requirements

For the Prof GCE/PGCE:

  • a UK honours degree, at a minimum Third Class in the intended subject specialism; and
  • relevant work experience will strengthen your application.

For the Cert Ed:

  • A-level at grade C or equivalent; or
  • substantial industrial / commercial experience in the intended subject specialism.

Other requirements:

  • an interview
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory health check; and
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent; and
  • one academic or vocational reference.

Months of entry


Course content

This Post-Compulsory Education degree is suitable for applicants with subject experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. It leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector. The awards meet the national professional standards, and allows you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) when you have completed your course. QTLS has been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in secondary schools.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

This course is also offered with subject specialist pathways:

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months


full time
10 months


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team