University of Derby


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This will allow you to start a career in teaching. Our course aims to be intellectually challenging whilst fully preparing you for the practical demands of teaching. Depending on your preference and prior experience, you can choose to specialise in teaching Early Years (3 to 7 year olds), 5 to 11 year olds, or Later Years (7 to 11 year olds). Our course takes full account of current national developments in education and the Primary National Strategy. You will have lots of opportunities to practise your teaching skills with the support of fellow trainees through presentations and other teaching activities. Our team of tutors have a strong national and international reputation for the quality of their training and research.

Entry requirements

You must have a good UK Honours degree, 2:1 or above (preferable), plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics, English language, and a science (we are unable to accept the OCR national science qualification instead of the GCSE in science). You need to have already gained the required GCSE grades when you apply. In order to undertake this course, you must also have successfully completed the National College for Teaching and Leadership�s (NCTL) Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy.

Assessment methods

You will complete 2 reflective teaching modules. Whilst on your assessed 2 school experiences (20 weeks in total) and with the support of your mentor and link tutor, you will progress towards Qualified Teacher Status. Your professional progress towards the Teachers� Standards will be assessed in school by your trained mentors. Your academic work will be assessed using a variety of strategies including essays, subject knowledge audits, presentations, posters and viva voces.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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University of Derby Admissions
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01332 591167