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Top 20

for Education

(Guardian League Table 2017)


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

You’re on the threshold of making one of the most important decisions of your life - to teach!

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.

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.

Our teaching courses are highly regarded, with Ofsted awarding us an ‘Outstanding’ rating for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision. We were also ranked third in the country for undergraduate teacher training in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2015.

An 'Outstanding' reputation

Rebecca Swain, BEd (Hons) Primary Education graduate from the University of Derby

“I was attracted to the course because of its outstanding reputation, including through Ofsted. Everybody has always said how fantastic the University of Derby is for teacher training. I knew I would get the richest learning experience here.”


Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of 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. We have partnerships with over 400 schools, so we’ll arrange your placements for you.

A choice to suit you

At Derby, you’ll discover exciting courses which will prepare you to teach the age group of your choice - early years, primary, secondary and post-14 learners. Whether you’re embarking on your first degree, or you’re ready to study one of our PGCE courses, we offer a choice to suit you.

What our Teacher Training graduates do

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to teach your chosen age group.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Early Years teacher
  • Primary teacher
  • Secondary teacher
  • FE and Skills teacher

You may wish to continue your studies by undertaking our MA Education, which will help you to explore the wider impact of education and increase your confidence as an education professional.