Oxford Brookes University Primary (3-7) (2253)

PGCE with QTS full 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
3 to 7
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Become an early years teacher who makes a real difference. When you train to teach at Oxford Brookes you’ll discover how you can become an exceptional teacher.

You’ll build confidence teaching in any early years classroom. And you’ll be able to support children from all different backgrounds. You’ll experience different schools across your teaching age range. You’ll have the freedom to experiment with approaches and techniques as you go.

You’ll train within a supportive community of educators. Including mentors who can help you master skills and explore specialisms. You’ll have time to build knowledge across primary subjects. And we’ll support you to find a teaching style that feels right for you.

You’ll enjoy:

  • A network of 650 partner schools
  • Professional Masters level modules
  • A library of resources and equipment

You’re assessed by:

  • coursework
  • assignments
  • attaining the level for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You’ll gain academic knowledge and practical skills that will underpin your career as an early years teacher. You’ll graduate as a resilient professional, with a teaching style that’s right for you.

School placements

We have a network of 650 partner schools in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Our placements team will contact you and arrange your school placements in the 3-7 age range.

We aim for you to gain experience in nursery settings and primary schools over 120 days of placements. This includes a one-week placement in an ‘inclusive’ setting. We’re working with our school partners through the Covid-19 crisis. This is to ensure you have a full and valuable placement experience.

You can draw on the expertise of experienced early years teacher educators. And seek guidance and support to master educational theory and practical teaching skills. You’ll have the time and space to build specialist knowledge across early years and primary subjects. And you’ll have access to an extensive library of teaching resources that you can use on your placements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

When you apply for the course, we recommend that you have school experience. Applicants should have insights into the primary classroom with school experience. Though this is not compulsory for applicants.

Other requirements

  • Fitness for practice check.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,900

Additional costs include your travel to and from your placement.

You’ll also need to pay for your DBS clearance to enrol on to the course, this will be around £50-£55.

Financial support from the training provider

All Oxford Brookes alumni, friends and family may be eligible for a 10% fees discount on postgraduate study.

General sources of funding and fees for postgraduate students can be found here.

About the training provider

You’ll join and take an active part in an inclusive teaching community. We promote lively, informed debate on education through our seminar and lecture programmes.

We have connections to over 600 UK schools and international partnerships. Working together as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning.

Teaching staff have expertise and experience in a wide range of educational settings. Including specialist knowledge of the primary curriculum.

Tutors include:

  • Former head teachers
  • ICT education experts
  • SEN specialists.

You’ll join a supportive and collaborative educational culture. You’ll gain practical skills and academic theory to become an outstanding teacher. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat to leading educational researchers.

Your school placement will be set up by our teaching partnership. And once you’ve qualified you’ll have further opportunities - to keep up with the latest initiatives in the world of education. Through our continuing professional development courses.

Interview process

A successful application leads to a teaching interview invite from Oxford Brookes University. A successful interview will secure your place on your chosen PGCE Primary course.

Your teaching interview will be remote (online).

You’ll receive an interview date invite. That contains interview advice/guidance and example questions. Please confirm your interview date as soon as possible.

Then your academic interviewer will contact you with a 30min 1-1 Zoom interview invite between 10.00 - 17.00 on your interview day. Please also accept this invite.

Before your interview you need to select a picture book that you will discuss in your interview. You’ll also need your photographic ID to hand to show the academic interviewer.

At 09:00 on your interview day you will receive a recorded introductory talk from the course leader. Please watch this video.

Enjoy your interview and ask questions, it’s your chance to find out about us.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

The Wellbeing team aims to enhance the learning, emotional, physical and spiritual life of the university community.

Learning support includes:

  • Your personal academic adviser:

You’ll have an academic staff member assigned to you through your studies from beginning to end. They are extra to the academic guidance provided within your programme. And are here to support your learning.

  • Student support coordinators:

They are here to help you with any problem or issue you may encounter during your time at Oxford Brookes. You can go to them with personal issues as well as academic, and no problem is too small or too big for their advice.

  • Specialist dyslexia and disability advisers:

One-to-one study skills support. As well as further advice and support for students with specific learning difficulties and disabilities or medical conditions.

  • Academic liaison librarians:

The librarians offer guidance and support to help you access the resources you need.

  • English language support:

A free service providing English language support to International and EU students. Whose first language is not English.

Contact this training provider

01865 484 848
Headington Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training 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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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