The University of Oxford PGCE course is provided by a well-established partnership with a wealth of expertise, both among the university teaching team, (all active educational researchers) and across our partnership schools, with whom we have a long history of strong collaboration. This course will provide you with a wide range of teaching and learning experiences to shape your development as a teacher of your particular subject, but also addresses wider educational issues. The course attracts applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and we particularly welcome those who share our commitment to excellent education for all, exemplified by all our placement schools being state-funded and non-selective.
The University of Oxford provides an exceptional setting with its academic resources and the strong social and pastoral support offered by its colleges. The Department of Education is small enough for you to get to know your university tutors well and you will receive significant support from experts with national and international reputations within each subject, and professional guidance from experienced school-based colleagues. Teachers who have completed our PGCE course can be found in teaching and school leadership posts across the UK. Feedback from each cohort consistently confirms the high quality of the course and how well it prepared them to take up their first professional post.
You will spend about a third of the course in university-based workshops and seminars – the majority of them focused on subject teaching – supported by regular tutorials. This programme is fully integrated with your school experience over the two placements (totalling 120 days), providing opportunities both to develop your subject teaching and to take on wider professional responsibilities as a teacher. The taught programme addresses subject-specific and general pedagogy, and broader school issues, e.g. safeguarding, provision for specific educational needs, inclusion – ensuring all young people feel a sense of belonging within school and are represented within the curriculum.
Your developing practice as a teacher is regularly reviewed, with formal milestones, using the Core Content Framework for Qualified Teacher Status. You will also complete two assessed assignments about your subject teaching and one assessed professional studies assignment, and a range of academic support is provided for these assignments. All of these assessments, professional and academic, must be completed to obtain a PGCE with QTS.
Contact the PGCE Office (email@example.com / 01865 274020), or attend an event: visit the Events page of our Department’s website.