Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Secondary Education (Engineering)

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); on joining the course, trainees are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of manufacturing technology, engineering design or control and electronics; students should be able to apply this knowledge to the planning and management of high quality teaching and learning opportunities; computer aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) are key elements of this course; 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

The course combine taught modules, school and further education college placements, and visits to industry enabling trainees to become confident and competent teachers of engineering; the course provides trainees with: an understanding of the nature and philosophy of engineering in schools and of its place in the curriculum; knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum for design and technology; a capability to maximise learning opportunities through innovative lesson planning and class management, based on a sound understanding of the importance of effective assessment and monitoring strategies; an understanding of the broader responsibilities of the teacher in the general school community and its local and national settings; health and safety training (DATA accreditation).

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 who have achieved a 1.1 in their undergraduate degree are entitled to �9,000; students with a 2.1 are entitled to �5,000.


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
City Centre Campus Nottingham NG1 4BU East Midlands

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