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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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The PGCE Post-Compulsory Education is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the education and training sector, including further education colleges and adult education. Successful completion of the course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) which is equivalent to but distinct from QTS (Qualified Teacher Status for ages 5-11 or 11-18 in schools).

The full-time course is designed for students who wish to enter the profession and can only be studied at our Harcourt Hill Campus. The part-time course is designed for those already employed as teachers and trainers in the education and training sector. The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges:

  • City of Oxford College
  • Reading College

You will cover the following aspects of teaching and learning in the post-compulsory sector:

  • Assessing learners’ needs
  • Planning and preparing teaching and learning programmes for groups and individuals
  • Developing and using a range of teaching and learning techniques
  • Managing the learning process
  • Providing learners with support
  • Assessing the outcomes of learning and learners’ achievements
  • Reflecting on and evaluating your own performance, and planning for future practice

Working within a professional value base and conforming to agreed codes of professional practice

Students on the full-time course will undertake teaching practice in a post-16 institution. All students will be observed teaching in their setting or institution.

Trainees on the part-time routes study for one day at the local college over 2 years. Full-time trainees will spend the first three weeks of the course at Harcourt Hill Campus following an introductory programme for working in the classroom or other learning environment.

The most important aspect of your assessment will be the development of your teaching skills with individuals and groups. Your teaching will be observed by your mentor, a placement coordinator and a university tutor. In order to pass the course you must demonstrate your competence as a teacher and your development as a reflective practitioner. In addition you will be required to undertake assignments relating to the course modules. There are no examinations and all assessment is on a pass or refer basis.

Please note there is no guarantee of employment with your placement college when you have completed the course.

Teaching placements

Following the introductory module, you will be placed with a suitable provider who will coordinate your teaching experience and provide you with a mentor. You will begin by observing experienced teachers, working alongside them and gradually moving towards teaching up to nine hours a week by the end of the first term.

You will attend the university on Thursdays and Fridays, with your teaching placement Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Specific entry requirements:

  • GCSE: GCSE English and Maths grade 4-5 are required prior to entry.

Entry requirements for full-time course (one year):

  • Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline that is taught in FE or post-compulsory education and training.

  • Admission is open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional / vocational qualification relevant to the subject you wish to teach.

  • We also accept those with relevant vocational qualifications and experience who do not necessarily possess a degree.

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

Part Time Off Campus: 2 years Part Time Off Campus Fee; Home/EU £4625.00

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

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

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.

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

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