Teacher Training postgraduate courses

Drawing on our rich heritage of teacher training dating back almost 170 years, we help you chart your own rewarding and enjoyable future making a genuine difference to children and young people’s lives. Our postgraduate courses offer substantial classroom experience and prepare you to teach the age group of your choice.

Top25for Education**The Guardian University Guide 2020
95%overall satisfaction**PGCE Post-14 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
OFSTEDrated 'Outstanding' **Primary and Further Education and Skills provision, 2015/16.

We have longstanding partnerships with over 400 schools and have won Ofsted praise for nurturing confident, successful and highly employable teachers. You will be inspired by an expert teaching team which includes published researchers who are an excellent source of ideas for you to take back to the classroom.

Find out all the reasons to go into teaching in the video below...

Routes into Teaching at the University of Derby


Practical teaching experience lies at the heart of all of our teacher training 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.


From the outset, it was clear that the staff on the course and our mentors only wanted one thing - for us to enjoy the process of becoming a teacher. The team were always there for us and we never felt alone.

Jessie Bradshaw
PGCE Post-14 graduate

Career opportunities

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

  • early years teacher
  • primary teacher
  • secondary teacher
  • FE and skills teacher

You may wish to continue your teacher training 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.

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Outdoor Learning Space

Learn how to apply education in an outdoor setting, using nature to improve the personal, social and technical skills of children.

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MEdu Primary Education student, Abi Cheetham
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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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