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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 allows you to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).
The full-time course is for students who wish to enter the profession and can only be studied at our Harcourt Hill Campus. The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges and is for those employed as teachers and trainers in the education and training sector - this might be in further education:
- higher education
- the health service
- adult and community education
- the prison service
- the armed forces
- private training providers.
QTLS is equivalent to, but distinct from, QTS. QTLS is administered by the Society for Education and Training (SET), and it can only be conferred following the successful completion of their professional formation process. For more information about how to apply for QTLS please see the Society for Education and Training's website.
How to apply
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - full-time course
Graduates should apply to:
UCAS for Teacher Training
Rose Hill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham GL52 3LZ
Tel: 0371 334 4447
Postgraduate Certificate in Education - part-time course
Applications for the part-time course should be made directly to Oxford Brookes University.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
Department of Education bursaries are now available for the PGCE Post Compulsory.
They're available if you wish to teach in STEM (Computing, Science, Engineering and Maths), SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and English.
Bursaries are available on a first come first serve basis and are subject to meeting conditions for eligibility.
If you are eligible, we'll discuss all details with you at your interview.
Learning and assessment
Your personal tutor will support and guide you through the course using a tailored, individual learner plan. You'll develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in all your teacher training and roles.
If you take the full-time course, you will undertake teaching practice in a post-16 institution. All students will be observed teaching in their setting or institution.
The course covers 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.
The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges:
The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. So students on master's level programmes join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study. During your time with us (either full or part time) you'll have opportunities to present your own research and network professionally.
We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.
The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Policy, Partnership and Leadership
- STEAM pedagogy and learning
- Humanistic Perspectives on Education
- Early Years
- Applied Linguistics
After you graduate
We have strong links with local partner colleges offering excellent employment prospects for students.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.