University of Derby: PGCE courses

University of Derby
Institute of Education


If you are considering training to be a teacher, look no further than the University of Derby.

At Derby you’ll discover exciting courses which prepare you to teach all age ranges from early years to adults.

There’s a choice to suit you whether you’re embarking on your first degree, you’ve just graduated or you’re already working in the education sector.

Train to teach at Derby and you’re on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career, one where you can truly make a difference.

A tradition of excellence
With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands. We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.

Top class courses
Ofsted awarded us an ‘outstanding’ rating – the highest possible accolade – for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We were also ranked tenth in the Good Teacher Training Guide and placed in the top 20 in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Satisfied students
We’re committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience, one where you will be challenged, engaged and inspired. In the Newly Qualified Teacher Survey, our students rated their training as among the best in the country.

Great career prospects
We ensure you’re fully equipped for the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning. Some of our courses have 100% employment records and our students often secure jobs in the schools where they undertook their placements.

Real world learning
Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all our courses. High-quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout.

Dynamic partnerships
Our flourishing links with over 400 schools, colleges and early years employers will open doors for you and put you in touch with leading professionals. Our academic networks stretch overseas too, broadening your horizons.

Designed with you in mind
Our courses offer maximum flexibility, convenience and choice. Full-time, part-time, school-based, University-based – you can tailor your studies to suit your aspirations. You can also specialise in teaching different subjects or age groups.

Experience and expertise
Our team includes published authors and influential researchers whose work is shaping the future of the teaching profession. They keep your learning up to date, relevant and meaningful – and give you exciting ideas to take into the classroom.

Dedicated to your success
Approachable, encouraging and passionate about their subjects, our tutors focus on you as an individual. We pride ourselves on giving you plenty of support and guidance as you pursue your ambitions.

First-rate facilities
You can hone your teaching skills in our specialist rooms for Maths, Science and English, impressive collaborative learning spaces and large hall for PE, dance and music activities.

Our courses
PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)
If you would like to work with babies and children up to the age of five, our postgraduate certificate paves the way to a fulfilling career as an early years teacher.

PGCE Primary with Qualified Teacher Status
If you’re a graduate keen to embark on an exciting and rewarding future in primary teaching, this course is for you.

PGCE Primary (School Direct) with Qualified Teacher Status
Qualify as a primary teacher by training and learning ‘on the job’ for a year.  We have joined forces with schools across the East Midlands to give you an excellent head start in one of the most important professions you could choose. 

PGCE Secondary (School Direct) with Qualified Teacher Status
You’re on the threshold of making one of the most exciting decisions of your life – to teach! Offering practical classroom experience throughout, our course will help you join a new generation of talented secondary school teachers.

PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training)
Prepare for a worthwhile career teaching and training in the Further Education and Skills sector. This postgraduate course paves the way for you to teach post-14 learners in settings ranging from colleges, academies and secondary schools to prisons.

PGDE Post-14 (Education and Training)
Prepare for a rewarding career in the Further Education and Skills sector, teaching in settings such as colleges, academies, secondary schools, prisons and voluntary organisations. 

“By providing me with the breadth and depth of knowledge to be successful in my career, I have found my feet and feel confident in my role.

Knowing that the lecturers are still there for me even after graduating, I have felt supported and secure enough to lead a subject and apply for senior leadership within my first year.”

Sarah Curtis
PGCE Primary graduate

Want to know more?
To find out more about studying with us, why not visit one of our Postgraduate Open Events.

Contact us
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB
+44 (0)1332 591044





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