Teacher Training

Nottingham Institute of Education's reputation is long established. We've been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.

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Open days

Why not visit us on an open day to experience NTU for yourself?

Our open events provide the opportunity to talk to staff about the courses in more detail, and find out about course content, modules, entry requirements, fees and funding, and modes of study.

Early Years teaching at NTU

Who do you teach?

Children and babies from 0 - 5 years of age. This covers day nurseries, children’s centres and independent nursery schools.

What do you teach?

Early Years teachers are specialists in early childhood development. They plan, organise and run a wide range of learning and play activities for young children in a safe and supportive setting. They may also work closely with parents and other professionals, such as social workers.

Primary teaching at NTU

Becoming a primary school teacher is a very popular career choice. Places on courses are very competitive so it is important to plan your application early.

Who do you teach?

Children aged 3 - 11 years, covering pre-school, reception and Key Stages 1 and 2.

What do you teach?

The full range of National Curriculum subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, ICT, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education.

Secondary teaching at NTU

Becoming a secondary school teacher will offer a stimulating career that will stretch your abilities.

Who do you teach?

A secondary school teacher works with children between the ages of 11 - 16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms.

What do you teach?

One or more National Curriculum subjects.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

If you wish to teach Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computing or Design and Technology and your degree is not directly related to that subject, or you need to refresh your subject knowledge, then a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course may be an option. These courses are designed to ensure you start your teacher-training course confident in your knowledge and understanding of the subject you are going to teach. After completing a SKE course students progress to PGCE Secondary or School Direct Training Programme. Find out more.

Post compulsory teaching at NTU

What is the post-compulsory education sector?

This covers a wide range of educational environments including community learning and development; further education; higher education; libraries, archives and information services; and work-based learning.

In basic terms it covers everything which isn’t in schools, so adult education courses, college and university education, company training schemes, careers guidance, rehabilitation in prisons, youth centres and much more.

What do you teach?

Anything and everything, from basic skills in literacy and numeracy, to technical training courses.

Subjects our students have studied include sociology, communication studies, beauty therapy and art and design.

What qualification do you need?

That depends on what role you want to do, and who you want to teach. Many roles have a specific qualification, such as the Diploma in Career Guidance, or the Certificate in Libraries, Archives and Information Services.

To become an FE or HE lecturer you usually need a good UK honours degree, a teaching qualification and substantial experience in the area you want to teach.

  • I have a degree

    If you have suitable industry experience and wish to teach or lecture in a post-14 environment then our Post-Compulsory Education and Training course is right for you.

    PGCE / ProfGCE / Cert Ed: Post-Compulsory Education and Training

    Ideal for very experienced graduates with substantial teaching experience currently working as unqualified teachers in either Primary or Secondary phases. This is a route to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) through an assessment of your current teaching.

    Assessment Only Route to QTS

School Direct

School Direct is a training route which allows you to work and study within a school of your choice while studying towards a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) degree and Qualified Teacher Status.

If you're still unsure, or you need general advice on the course and how to apply, get in touch at: 0115 848 4460 and edu.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk

  • What is School Direct?

    The School Direct programme is for high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.

    School Direct allows you to apply to train for a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a particular school or cluster of schools. All the training is delivered in partnership with the University regardless of the school you choose.

    With School Direct, the school or cluster of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection and recruitment. As with all our other teacher education programmes, School Direct leads to a PGCE and the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    Some of our partner schools also offer School Direct (salaried) places. This is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years' work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.

    You may also be eligible for a bursary of up to £25,000 to support you while you train, depending on your degree classification and the course you're applying for. Visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website for more details.

  • School Direct or University-led PGCE – what route should I take?

     University-led PGCESchool Direct PGCESCITT PGCE
    Taught SessionsDelivered on campus by academics, subject specialists, practising teachers and visiting experts.Course content is the same, some elements are delivered by the School Direct provider in the school environment. Other elements are delivered on campus as with the PGCE.Sessions are delivered by current practitioners, from the partnership of schools, with some input by University tutors.
    School placementsWe organise your placements, drawn from a wide range of schools in and around Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties. Your Lead School organises your placements within the Teaching Alliance schools.The SCITT organises all placements, within their network of schools.

    Employment prospects

    Last year, 100% of our PGCE students gained a full time teaching post within a year of graduating.School Direct providers will be assessing you for possible future employment when recruiting you to their PGCE programme. However, a job is not guaranteed.While not guaranteed, many trainees will find full-time employment within their SCITT partnership following the conclusion of their training.

QTS skills tests

To ensure teachers are competent in literacy and numeracy, all teacher training applicants are required to pass QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting a course. Find out more.

Still need help?

Nottingham Institute of Education
0115 848 4460