Taught course

Primary Education

Institution
Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education
Qualifications
PGCE(QTS)ProfGCE(QTS)

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours degree or equivalent, at a minimum 2:2.
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C or equivalent, We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com or astarequivalency.co.uk. Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks and a satisfactory health check passed prior to enrolling.
  • Two references - one academic and one vocational.

It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement. If you do wish to gain some experience prior to your application, you can find out more about how to arrange this online.

Applicants will need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.

There is no longer the requirement to complete DfE Professional Skills Tests. Instead, you will be expected to demonstrate your competent use of fundamental English and mathematics skills during your training.

If necessary, you can take a relevant GCSE as a private candidate. Find out how to do this on the AQA's website.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This teaching degree provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become primary school teachers. Time is spent both in the University and on classroom placements, ensuring that by the end of the course, trainees are confident professionals.

The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained).


Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications, but the postgraduate degree will allow fast-track entry to Masters courses. The choice of which qualification to take will be made while on the course. Successful completion of the course will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)*.

The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a first teaching post in the primary age range (5 to 11 years). You will focus on primary education across both key stages, a National College for Teaching and Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency) requirement which is essential to gain an overview of development and progression throughout the complete primary age phase. There may be an opportunity to place an increased emphasis on either Key Stage One (five to seven years) or Key Stage Two (7 to 11 years) during your school based training.

Information for international students

For international students' fees and financial information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE(QTS)
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • ProfGCE(QTS)
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
applications@ntu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 115 848 4200