Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Secondary Education (English)

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 UK honours degree or equivalent, preferably at a minimum 2.2 in a related subject. GCSE English and mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent, these must have been gained prior to application. School observation experience (it is essential as a guideline NTU request that you have at least two weeks experience). A Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB disclosure). Professional Skills Tests. Applicants will need to undertake an interview as part of the selection process.

Course modules

The course provides an understanding of English, for age phases 11 to 16 or 11 to 18, in relation to the National Curriculum and other frameworks. This includes seminars and workshops on: learning theory; developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills; poetry and fiction; promoting literary and non- iterary reading and writing. Students engage with: language; media studies; drama; ICT; lesson planning; schemes of work assessment; special educational needs. You will gain an appreciation of models of English teaching, classroom management, a range of teaching and learning strategies, assessment in English and the 14 to 19 curriculum.

Assessment methods

University based modules: learning and teaching in the subject, and learning and teaching in the wider context, are assessed at the end of the modules with reflection against the Teacher Standards. You will also conduct a piece of research based, professional enquiry within the classroom, which is assessed by a formal written report and presentation of findings. 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 towards the tuition fees; students with a 2.1 are entitled to �4,000 towards the tuition fees.


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

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