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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This one-year full time primary education PGCE with QTS course provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner able to teach in primary or nursery school settings with children aged 3 – 7 years.

Although there is no deadline for applications we recommend that you apply as early as possible as places for postgraduate teacher training are highly competitive. Early application is especially advised if you live locally and would like to work in our partnership schools.

Approaches to learning include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work with professional tutor support. Attendance at lectures, workshops, seminars and school based training is a compulsory component of successful completion of the course and is monitored throughout and reflected in trainee references.

The course content is based on a reflective and critical approach to theory, policy and practice, through university-based lectures, teaching sessions and school-based professional training.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the School of Education. Visiting speakers from partnership schools, teaching unions, newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and other experts within the field of education provide further input.

Assessment is based on coursework, assignments and the achievement to gain the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All academic modules are rigorously assessed, mostly by written assignments. The school based training is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards during school placements.

School placements

The Oxford Brookes Primary Partnership of schools is well established and mentors and teachers are involved in all aspects of your training. You will undertake periods of school experience teaching across classes within your chosen age range, within at least two partnership schools. On the 3-7 programme this will start with time in a nursery placement, followed by KS 1 and finally time in a reception class. Prior to the placements the University based sessions will focus specifically on the appropriate age phase.

The school based training consists of 24 weeks of practical placements across the age ranges you are training to teach. You will be supported by a school mentor and a university tutor who will enable you to develop your professional skills in teaching. In addition there is a one-week placement in an ‘inclusive’ setting.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

  • You need a recognised UK degree, or degree equivalent, normally at second class honours.
  • GCSE or Equivalents: achieve a standard of grade 4 or higher in English, Mathematics and Science (Science with Chemistry, Science with Physics, Science with Biology).
  • International Students need IELTS 6.0-7.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking.

Personal qualities

Before applying for the course, it is strongly recommended that you gain school experience. It is highly desirable for interview candidates to already have insights into the primary classroom, gained through their experience in a school. Although this is not a requirement for the course.

Other requirements

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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 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 about £50.

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 be joining a supportive teaching community, regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, across the UK. We promote lively, informed debate on education through our seminar and lecture programmes.

We have many national and international partnerships which enable us to fulfil our mission to engage in and contribute to social, educational and economic development in this region, the UK and internationally.

You’ll be taught and mentored by staff with a wide range of experience in education, and the primary curriculum. This includes former inner-city head teachers and ICT education experts. You’ll gain the practical skills and academic theory for you to become the best teacher you can be.

You’ll be immersed in a supportive, collaborative and inclusive educational culture. The Oxford Brookes Teacher Education Partnership provides the school experience and the practical school placements of the Initial Teacher Training programmes. The partnership has links with over 600 schools in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. With networking opportunities with education leaders at the forefront of educational research and learning.

We’re committed to you achieving the highest teaching standards. And once qualified you’ll have the opportunity to join other Newly Qualified Teachers on continuing professional development courses to remain at the forefront of the latest initiatives in education.

Interview process

As a successful applicant, you’ll be invited by Oxford Brookes University for an interview to gain a place on the PGCE Primary 3-7 course. Due to current Covid restrictions, we interview remotely (online) for the PGCE Primary 3-7 course. We hope you are keeping safe and well.

Upon a successful application you’ll receive an interview invite, in which you’ll find linked interview advice and guidance with example questions you may be asked in your interview.

When you accept your interview date, you will be contacted by your academic interviewer with a 1-1 Zoom interview invite between 10.00 - 17.00 on your interview day. Please accept this invite.

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

At 09:00 on your interview day you will receive an email with an introductory talk from the course lead - please watch this video.

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

Training with disabilities and other needs

Oxford Brookes Wellbeing works together to enhance the learning, emotional, physical and spiritual life of the Oxford Brookes community.

Learning support includes:

  • Your personal academic adviser: A member of staff from your department assigned to work with you through your studies from beginning to end. They complement the academic guidance provided within your programme, and are here to support your learning.

  • Student support co-ordinators: Up to five members of staff in each faculty, 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: The team offers 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 subject librarians provide training 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 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).

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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