Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Primary Education

The PGDE, PGCE and the Professional PGCE are recognised teaching qualifications, but the PGDE and PGCE allow fast track entry to Master's courses; the choice of which qualification to take is made while on the course; the course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a 1st teaching post in the primary age range (5 to 11 years); students focus on primary education across both key stages, a 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 1 (5 to 7 years) or Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years) during the students school based training; successful completion of the course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements

A good UK Honours degree or equivalent, preferably at a minimum 2.1 which can be related to the Primary National Curriculum. GCSE English, mathematics and science at minimum grade C or equivalent, these must have been gained prior to application. School observation experience is essential. Evidence of a minimum of 10 days actual school experience is required (paid or voluntary) in a Key Stage 1 or 2 class (this must have been within the last 2 years and be completed prior to application).There is also a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB disclosure). Applicants need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.

Course modules

Modules include: teaching primary English; teaching primary mathematics; teaching primary science; teaching the wider curriculum; the wider curriculum module encompasses an introduction to the full range of foundation subjects along with religious education (RE) and information communication technology (ICT); the university also offers an introduction to the teaching of primary modern foreign languages for all trainees; school based training is the central element of the course, with about 60 per cent of the time spent in local primary schools; there are 3 block periods of school based training, usually consisting of an extended serial placement during the autumn term, a 6 week period at the beginning of the spring term and a 8 week block at the end of the course.

Assessment methods

The taught part of the course involves interactive lectures and seminars; there are no exams, coursework and teaching experience are assessed; trainees undertake focused preparation in the core subjects (mathematics, English and science) and the full range of foundation subjects (history, geography, art, design and technology and physical education); students also receive an induction into citizenship and the teaching of primary modern foreign languages; creative cross curricular approaches to teaching are developed and trainees are supported in strengthening their understanding of their specialist subject as it relates to the primary curriculum.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGDE Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus Nottingham NG11 8NS East Midlands

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