Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Secondary Education (Business 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; successful completion of the course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); school or college experience is central to the course and at least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least 2 different secondary schools or colleges; during the 1st phase, 2 days of school or college experience each week for 3 weeks are spent in school leading up to a 6 week block placement; trainee teachers are gradually given more responsibility and increase their contribution in both the classroom and to the corporate life of the school; the 2nd phase begins with a 2 day, weekly attachment for the 1st 3 weeks of the spring term, leading up to the final assessed 13 week block placement; in both placements the training programme is planned by mentors to allow progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (a minimum 2.2) in a related subject, or equivalent. GCSE/O-level, or equivalent in English and mathematics at grade C. A minimum of 2 weeks school observation experience in a secondary school. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and interview.

Course modules

Trainees undertake a course in business education, the focus of which is techniques for teaching pupils and assessing their learning; this entails appropriate planning for the 14 to 19 age group, the identification of appropriate goals and content for the programme of learning, strategies for assessment and the acquisition of skills for delivery and evaluation; the course aims are to: familiarise trainees with existing subject provision in schools; enable trainees to identify appropriate curriculum structures and content for teaching; enable trainees to formulate, implement and evaluate teaching and learning strategies; enable trainees to assess, record and report on pupil progress and attainment; support teaching and pupil learning through the use of information communication technology.

Assessment methods

University based subject application studies and education and professional studies are continuously assessed by course work on a modular basis; a separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.

Sponsorship information

Students are not entitled to a bursary for this course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
0115 8484200