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Nottingham Institute of Education

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (with Mathematics and Numeracy) PGCE

This Post-Compulsory Education degree is suitable for applicants with Mathematics or Numeracy subject experience from a wide variety of areas and industries. It leads to a teaching qualification in the post-compulsory education sector.

The awards meet the national professional standards, determined by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and allow you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) when you have completed your course. QTLS has been recognised as equivalent to QTS allowing holders to work in secondary schools.

We equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the demanding role of teacher / lecturer. The course is endorsed within the national framework for the sector and constitutes the University's equivalent of the Diploma in Education and Training.

Course modules

This degree is offered at three award levels. You apply for the PGCE or CertEd and will be assessed for the ProfGCE once on the course:

PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Education
You will join this level if you have a good honours degree. You will also be able to study for 60 Masters-level credits, giving you a head-start on gaining a postgraduate qualification.

ProfGCE – Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
You may join this level from the CertEd.

Cert Ed – Certificate in Education
If you have the equivalent to A-levels or have significant experience in your intended subject specialism, you will join the Cert Ed.

The aims of the course are to prepare students to plan, implement and evaluate teaching and learning activities in the post-compulsory education sector and to help students to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes. It equips students with an ability to reflect upon and learn from their professional practice and build students' confidence in their ability to perform their professional roles whilst creating a sound foundation for further professional and career development.

All students follow a course of study and research which covers an introduction to post-compulsory education; curriculum issues, particularly around inclusive practice; enterprise and quality; principles of learning and the characteristics of the post-14 learner; planning for learning and methods of teaching and assessment. Fully integrated into this course is a structured and supervised practical teaching component in one of our partner institutions.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed on both coursework and their teaching practice. The focus of assignments is determined by the student's own practice and subject specialism.

On the part-time pre-service programme, two assessments are completed in Year One and two in Year Two.

Sponsorship information

Bursaries up to £25,000 are available to train to teach Mathematics and Numeracy.

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification. Visit the Get Into Teaching website for more information.


Home students can apply for a student loan for tuition and maintenance fees. In addition students may be eligible for maintenance or special support grants.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 13,900 (Whole course) International 1 Years
PGCE Part-time £ 4,625 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
PGCE Part-time £ 6,950 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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