An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
We will also consider applications from candidates who have Third class Honours degrees if they also have extensive UK classroom experience, for example employment as a Teaching Assistant.
Your degree subject should be in religious education or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
International qualifications viewed as comparable to qualifications taken within the UK are accepted for the PGCE. In order for the University of Oxford to formally recognise any overseas qualification you must present a Statement of Comparability from UK NARIC. Students in this position should first complete a course application and should then contact Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500. As an applicant for teacher training you can then obtain the Statement of Comparability for free.
Oxford’s PGCE Office will only need to see the Statement of Comparability should you accept any offer to study on the course, we do not need to see the document in advance of an application or interview.
If the Statement of Comparability concludes that your qualifications are not equivalent, then the PGCE’s Course Director will review your case. If the review is unsuccessful we may ask you to complete an equivalency test. You will be free to select the provider and type of test, as long as the final result is provided by our deadlines and is a GCSE or a direct equivalent. These conversations will occur after you have accepted any offer, we will not review before an application or interview.
We seek graduates who enjoy their subject and see its relevance to everyday life. It is also highly desirable that you have a commitment to working with young people, show an interest in school teaching and are confident that you will enjoy the environment of state-funded UK secondary schools. For example, you may have previous experience of working with young people, either on a voluntary or paid basis. You might also have spent time in a UK secondary comprehensive school, observing lessons, and talking with students and teachers.
All offers will be conditional upon:
- A GCSE pass in mathematics and English language (grades 4-9 or A*-C)
- Evidence of an undergraduate degree graduation
- Satisfactory references
- Completion of a Financial Declaration form
All candidates will also complete an Occupational Health assessment, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and any appropriate international background checks.
During your PGCE interview you will have the opportunity to discuss additional conditions, such as a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. All conditions must be met before the course starts and your offer will lapse if these are not met.