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Oxfordshire Teacher Training Business studies (K351)

PGCE with QTS part time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
14 to 19
Course length
Up to 2 years
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our Part-Time Tuition Fee School Direct programme has been carefully designed and is delivered by experienced practitioners to ensure that you will start your teaching career equipped with the best combination of skills and knowledge. A crucial aspect of this programme is the innovative structure which starts with our summer ‘Induction Week’. This Induction Week prepares you to spend the first few vital days of September in your placement school. Many ITT programmes don’t start until October and therefore miss out on this essential experience. Our Associate Teachers recognise the importance of being in school at the start of the year and really value being part of the team from the outset.

The Rapid Development Programme begins straight after the first week in school in September and will provide you with focused support and guidance to develop and test out your ‘teacher’s toolkit’. The time during this intensive programme is divided between training sessions and time in your first placement school.

Our inspiring training programmes are carefully crafted to ensure the right balance of ‘theory and practise’ to prepare you for your career as a great teacher: ‘The training has also made an excellent contribution to trainees’ development as a new teacher. Trainees benefit from excellent specialist training to develop their subject knowledge’. (Ofsted report).

The training is designed by a committed team at Oxfordshire Teacher Training and delivered by a range of expert colleagues who combine their extensive knowledge of the current school system with principles, research and theories drawn from the most recent and relevant sources. Our designated Subject Specialists are exceptional practitioners in their subject areas and work closely with the OTT SCITT team to ensure a coherent, focused and flexible approach. A range of visits and external speakers are threaded throughout the programme to motivate, inspire and deepen your understanding. Additional support comes from our fantastic Wellbeing Officer.

Basic hours at placement schools and training will be approximately 8:00am-4:00pm and on occasions you may be required to attend additional events.

As an Associate Teacher you will collect evidence and reflections to support your development. This is a continual process and regular advice and guidance is given about the best forms of evidence to use to show progress. You will have a designated ‘Visiting Tutor’ who will visit you at different stages throughout the programme to monitor your progress and assess the evidence that you have collected.

School placements

Your placements will be carefully selected to ensure that they give excellent, but contrasting experiences and we are able to be geographically very specific to make travel times as limited as possible. We have a committed and growing partnership of schools and in each year work with around 75 individual schools.

The Tuition Fee programme has two placements; the first runs for the whole of the first academic year from September 2021 to July 2022 and the second runs from September 2022 to the end of the programme in December 2022. There are regular training and subject specialist days throughout the programme which ensure that you have ongoing input and inspiration as well as giving you an opportunity to meet the rest of your cohort and catch up with the OTT SCITT team.

July 2021 Orientation and Induction Week:

  • part-time Associate Teachers will attend at least three days, and ideally all five. September 2021 – October 2021: The Rapid Development Programme:
  • 2 days a week of training and 1 day in placement school. November 2021 – July 2022:
  • 3 days a week mostly spent in first placement school with ongoing training. September 2022 – December 2022:
  • 3 days a week in second placement school with the option of attending training sessions if appropriate.

Each of our training programmes is for a specified age range and beyond that we offer lots of additional opportunities to work with and learn about other age groups outside the specified range.

As a partnership we invest heavily in our partner schools and this means you will have an expert school-based Mentor and a designated Senior Link in each placement school to ensure that you have great input and support which allows you to develop rapidly: ‘Mentors are enthusiastic about their role, take their responsibility seriously and feel privileged to contribute to trainees’ development. They provide practical guidance and rightly focus on pupils’ progress. Through mentors’ patience and empathy, together with encouraging but candid feedback, trainees are able to reflect deeply upon learning and the craft of the classroom.’ (Ofsted report).


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Oxfordshire Teacher Training Central
The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, OX2 7EE
Oxfordshire Teacher Training North
Blessed George Napier, Catholic School, Addison Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 9DG
Oxfordshire Teacher Training South
Gillotts School, Gillotts Lane, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1PS

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed


  • a UK degree or recognised international equivalent (applicants with non-UK degrees must ensure that they have obtained the relevant equivalency statement from NARIC)
  • GCSE English and Maths, grade C/4 or above or recognised equivalent (evidence of equivalence will be required)


  • 2:1 or above in a relevant degree
  • A level grade B or above or equivalent in relevant subject

Personal qualities

Our Person Specification has been carefully developed by the partnership and is the basis for the recruitment process. Full details and our Person Specification can be found on our website

Other requirements

We run a range of Information Events and Application Support Workshops for all applicants.

Successful candidates will also be required to undertake statutory safer recruitment checks, such as an enhanced DBS check and ‘fitness to teach’ check, more information can be found on our website and will be given after interview.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £11,250
International students £11,250

The tuition fee for the PGCE with QTS only programme is £11,250.

All successful, eligible candidates have the option of adding a Master’s level PGCE to their programme at a cost of £1,100. Therefore, the tuition fee for the QTS only programme would be £10,150.

You don’t need to make a decision about undertaking the PGCE at the point of application, there is plenty of time to decide whether it’s for you. There isn’t a separate application process for the PGCE, you will be asked to make a final decision before the training programme begins and your fee code/ fee amount will be adjusted accordingly.

You can apply for either QTS only or PGCE with QTS depending on what your preference is now, as there are separate course codes for both options, but this can always be updated if you change your mind.

Financial support from the training provider

No further financial support is available from the partnership. The Central Team is able to offer support if students wish to make a claim for Disabled Students Allowance.

About the training provider

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is a dynamic, schools-led organisation that is committed to delivering exceptional and inspiring programmes to prepare people to be excellent new teachers. Our trainees are called Associate Teachers which indicates your status as someone starting out in this fantastic profession.

Our programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status and you also have the option to add a Master’s level PGCE to your programme. We have a 100% employment rate and the Headteachers who have employed our graduates have been unanimous in their agreement that our training ensures people are well prepared for the profession.

As an organisation we are big enough to offer a wide range of high-quality programmes, whilst also having a highly personalised approach and ethos which nurtures individuals. In December 2017 we were graded as Outstanding in all areas in our first Ofsted ITT inspection ‘The SCITT is outstanding. The central team are committed to excellence. Their clear moral purpose and drive have secured an excellent reputation for the partnership.’

For 2021-22 programmes we will be offering you a choice of three school-based locations for training - Banbury, Oxford and Henley. We work with a diverse partnership of nursery, primary, special and secondary schools across Oxfordshire and that means that you will be able to specify a preference of location for both training and placement schools. Please note that some elements will only be delivered in one location so you will need to travel at times, see our website for further information.

Interview process

Our recruitment and selection process is carefully designed to allow us to make the right decisions as a partnership and to give applicants an insight into how we operate as an ITT provider. During all stages of the recruitment and selection process you will be assessed against our Associate Teacher Person Specification

The recruitment and selection day involves a number of elements which give you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and suitability for teaching in a range of contexts. Due to Covid-19 our recruitment process will take place in an adapted format online, via Zoom, until it is safe to complete the day in a partnership school. Candidates who are invited to interview will receive full and detailed instructions regarding the day in advance. The different elements of the recruitment and selection day will be assessed by a panel made up of key members of our SCITT Team and colleagues from our partnership of schools.

Candidates can expect to complete an interview and presentation, a lesson/planning activity, a group task and a written task. There is a full breakdown of the process on our website. We encourage all applicants to find out more about the application and recruitment process by reading the full details online and also by attending one of our information events or application workshops

Training with disabilities and other needs

At Oxfordshire Teacher Training we are committed to equality of opportunity for youngsters in our schools and therefore equality of opportunity for those training to teach them, in order that we create a diverse and inclusive profession. We welcome all applications and are happy to discuss any specific needs or concerns with you at any stage.

In the early stages of training, you will be invited to dig deep and share your specific needs, core values and beliefs with the SCITT Team, who will then tailor bespoke support packages for you. This not only ensures accessible learning during all training opportunities - both in school and with peers in training - but also ensures each individual develops and strengthens their own particular teacher toolkit, for a sustained and mentally-healthy teaching career ahead. This means that Associate Teachers with, for example, profound hearing impairment, with processing or memory challenges or with a history of social anxiety will have the opportunity to observe highly-skilled practitioners with identical needs and discuss strategies to overcome traditional barriers and stigma.

Our dedicated Wellbeing Team works hand-in-hand with Programme Leaders and partnership colleagues to construct a support package which emphasises guided independence, and prioritises self-care and increasing agency, in order to ensure that each graduate Associate Teacher leaves the programme knowing when and where to seek support and advice.

That so many of our alumni become mentors, buddies and partnership colleagues is testament to this pioneering approach to nurturing the whole teacher within mentally-healthy school communities.

Contact this training provider

01865 518209
Oxfordshire Teacher Training
The Cherwell School North Site
Marston Ferry Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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