Oxford Brookes University Post-Compulsory Education (X341)

PGCE full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is an academic qualification in education.

It’s recognised internationally, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

This course does not lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Inspire others with a love for your subject or trade - and develop the methods and skills to teach in adult and further education.

On this course, you’ll build a deep understanding of adult education teaching pedagogy, and ways to support student learning. You’ll master teaching skills and techniques. You’ll apply your knowledge in the classroom. And you’ll graduate with the skills and confidence to help your students achieve their goals.

You’ll join a supportive community of trainee teachers - from all different backgrounds. You’ll learn from each other, and share experiences as you progress.

You’ll emerge a confident, versatile professional, ready to teach in further and adult education settings, like:

  • higher education
  • the health service
  • adult and community education
  • the prison service
  • the armed forces
  • private training
  • private training.

Teaching placements

After your introductory module, you’ll secure a place with a suitable provider. The provider will coordinate your teaching experience and arrange a mentor for you.

You’ll start observing experienced teachers and then start to work alongside them. You’ll progress towards teaching up to nine hours a week by the end of the first term.

Full time students attend the university on:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays

And your teaching placement days are:

  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

Other requirements

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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,800

You’ll need a DBS Check and Fitness to Practice check to enrol, you’ll have to pay for both checks (approx £105-£110).

Also additional costs include your travel to and from your placement.

Financial support from the training provider

For advice and questions you have on finance; please contact Student Finance on: +44 (0)1865 483088 financefees@brookes.ac.uk

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 Post Compulsory course.

Your teaching interview will be remote (online).

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

Then you’ll receive a Zoom interview invite for 10.00 - 14.00 on your interview day. Please also accept this invite.

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

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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).

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