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Primary 3-7 (with QTS)

PGCE

Key facts


Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Location

Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: Up to 42 weeks

Department

School of Education

Accreditation(s)

National College of Teaching and Leadership

Overview


Our PGCE Primary 3-7 course provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective teacher. And teaches you how to inspire primary school children aged between 3-7 years old.

You will be confirmed by the National College of Teaching and Leadership as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) upon successful completion of the course.

A key element of your training involves substantial periods of practical placement across the age ranges. Our course helps you to develop the professional skills needed to become an effective classroom practitioner in primary or nursery school settings, with children aged 3-7 years. These include:

  • professional attributes
  • knowledge
  • understanding.

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

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Passes at GCSE Level 4 (grade C) or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent). There will be brief assessments of English and mathematics competence at interview.

Recognised UK degree, or degree equivalent, typically at second class honours.

Before applying for the course, it is strongly recommended that you gain school experience.

Satisfactory health and criminal record audits.

You will have to apply for your teacher training course through the UCAS for teacher training application form

All candidates whose application forms indicate appropriate qualification and experience will be invited for a virtual interview. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Apply for this course through UCAS for teacher training.

We are fully committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, from people at all stages of life, and seek to make all our courses as inclusive as possible.

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

International full time
£13,900

Home (UK) full time
£9,250

International / EU full time
£14,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

International full time
£13,900

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

International / EU full time
£14,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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

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.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

On this course you’ll be going on placements in schools. This means you’ll need a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This costs about £50. You may also need to pay an extra fee of about £15 to keep your DBS up-to-date.

A Voluntary Outdoor Education Residential for 3 days in the February half term takes place in South Wales. The cost is £180, this covers your food, accommodation, travel, equipment and tuition.

As PGCE Primary student you can take the voluntary Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) specialism - the cost is £40. Optional kit is available to purchase for those following the PESS specialism only - Polo shirts are £20 and Fleeces are £30.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment


You will complete up to three module credits at Level seven (masters level).

The Oxford Brookes Primary Partnership of schools is well established. Mentors and teachers are involved in all aspects of your training. You will undertake periods of school experience teaching in at least two partnership schools. This starts with a nursery placement, followed by KS1 and finally time in a reception class.

Ofsted feedback:

  • the good attainment and outstanding progress of students, irrespective of their varied starting points
  • communication across the partnership, which ensures high expectations and consistency
  • very effective team working among enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable trainers at all levels
  • the commitment and enthusiasm of trainees, their outstanding professional attitudes to their development, and the capacity to identify their own learning priorities
  • the outstanding support provided for individual trainees, particularly those who are at risk of failure.
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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Professional Learning (20 credits)

This gives you an introduction to practical theories of learning and curriculum before you begin your first experience of substantive teaching. You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of pedagogy and its evidence base, so that you’ll be ready to apply this to your own practical classroom skills.

Key Issues in Learning and Teaching (20 credits)

You’ll look at key issues, themes and debates in education. You’ll focus on a selection of issues that are relevant to your pathway/age-phase, and you’ll have the option of reflecting on your own developing classroom practice. This will allow you to be better supported in entering your NQT year. 

The potential issues and themes include:

  • assessment 
  • behaviour for Learning
  • SEND/Inclusion issues
  • supporting learning with TAs
  • socio-economic and cultural issues
  • working with parents and carers.

Supporting Evidence Informed Practice (20 credits)

You’ll focus on the role and importance of research in education, with the ultimate aim of improving your teaching and your students’ learning. You’ll gain a grounding in issues and debates surrounding educational research. You’ll move on to undertake your own literature-based research project, choosing an area of education that fascinates you. Through this module you’ll strengthen your research skills as well as building a deeper knowledge of your topic area.

Outstanding Practice 3-7

You’ll learn about child development and how it affects learning in children aged three to seven. You’ll build your understanding of inclusive practice, and how it can be used to improve children’s progress. Topics will include:

  • SEND, EAL and behaviour management
  • PSHE: how it permeates the curriculum, and its impact on learning for children in this age group.

As well as observing and analysing teaching, you’ll be planning and delivering short teaching tasks to your peers – practical tasks that will help you understand how to plan and teach across the EYFS and KS 1 curriculum. You’ll also gain experience in a week-long teaching placement.

 

English 3-7

You’ll work on the knowledge and skills you need to teach language and literacy effectively. Reflecting on your own learning will be an important part of the process. You’ll explore topics like:

  • your own self-awareness as a language user
  • developing and assessing children’s communication skills in reading and writing including phonics and grammar
  • learning about languages: how they work and the links between them
  • links between language, culture and identity 
  • the role of media technologies in developing children’s language and literacy
  • literature in the EYFS and primary classroom
  • using drama strategies in developing children’s language and literacy.

Mathematics 3-7

Here you’ll develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in mathematics. You’ll gain the grounding you need to help children progress and enjoy maths across the EYFS and KS 1. You’ll enhance your understanding with cross-curricular work linking mathematics with other subjects. 

You’ll improve your own knowledge and confidence in mathematics and your understanding of number, algebra, geometry, measures and data handling, as well as exploring topics such as:

  • applying mathematics across the curriculum
  • understanding how children learn mathematics, and how to address their misconceptions
  • the role of reasoning and communication in teaching, learning and doing mathematics 
  • developing creative, inspirational and challenging approaches to teaching mathematics across the attainment range.

Science 3-7

You’ll develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in science and understanding of the world. You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding you need to help children progress and enjoy science in the EYFS and KS 1. You’ll enhance your understanding with cross-curricular work that links science with other subjects. 

We’ll focus on the importance of planning lessons that use purposeful, practical science to stimulate children’s higher order thinking. And we’ll consider topics such as:

  • the integral role of practical activities in early years and primary science
  • the importance of pupil talk in developing their understanding of scientific concepts
  • understanding pupils’ common misconceptions in science, and good ways to address these
  • using ICT applications such as data logging and digital microscopes 
  • provision for SEND, Gifted and Talented and EAL pupils 
  • working safely in science.

Arts and Humanities 3-7

Here you’ll gain a foundation in the arts and humanities from the EYFS to KS 1. With practical workshop sessions and project-based work, you’ll build your confidence and enjoyment of the arts and humanities. We’ll investigate topics like: 

  • national and local initiatives to support arts and humanities teaching
  • learning outside the classroom
  • using the expertise of educational officers and tutors in a variety of venues
  • embedding active citizenship, cultural diversity and cultural heritage
  • using ICT effectively in the arts and humanities
  • cross-curricular approaches, making particular links with physical education and design and technology.

 

PE and computing 3-7

In this module, you’ll work on the knowledge and understanding you need to help children progress in physical development and their use of computing. You’ll focus on:

  • developing and assessing children’s physical development in the three to seven age range
  • links between children’s physical development and skills acquisition across the EYFS and KS 1 curriculum
  • computing in the EYFS and KS 1 curriculum
  • the role of technologies in developing children’s learning.

School based training

Compulsory modules

School based training 1

This is the first of three main blocks of school-based training placements (SBT) that you’ll undertake. This first placement will be in a nursery setting. You’ll engage in introductory activities based on the classroom environment, where you’ll consider how learning takes place.

Through this module, you’ll gain insight into the full professional life of a teacher. You’ll put into practice your skills of planning, teaching, maintaining behaviour and creating a suitable ethos for learning. 

You’ll explore issues such as:

  • diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity
  • teachers’ professional duties and statutory frameworks, including safeguarding
  • planning, teaching and assessment for children’s learning with an emphasis on Assessment for Learning (AFL)
  • the school and classroom as an environment for learning 
  • class management and children’s behaviour.

 

School based training 2

Your second placement will be in a KS 1 setting. Here, you’ll develop activities based on the classroom environment, where you’ll consider how learning and assessment take place. 

Through this module, you’ll discover more about the full professional life of a teacher. You’ll develop your skills of planning, teaching, maintaining behaviour and creating a suitable ethos for learning.

 

 

School based training 3

This final placement will be in a Foundation Stage setting. You’ll be delivering sustained teaching across the curriculum and taking on the full role of the classroom teacher in preparation for your first teaching post. 

You’ll be aiming to demonstrate good subject knowledge in all the primary curriculum subjects, and your ability to plan and teach great lessons for your age group. You’ll have a professional approach to your working relationship with colleagues, pupils, parents and carers.

 

 

 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught through the following methods:

  • lectures
  • directed reading
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • 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. It is monitored throughout and reflected in trainee references.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the School of Education. You will receive further input from visiting speakers from:

  • partnership schools
  • teaching unions.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the School of Education. You will also have further input from visiting speakers from:

  • partnership schools
  • teaching unions
  • newly qualified teachers (NQTs)
  • other experts within the field of education.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

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

Assessment is based on:

  • coursework
  • assignments
  • achievement against the Teachers' Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Research


The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.

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

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After you graduate


Career prospects

There is currently a demographic bulge in the primary age population so career prospects for trained primary teachers are currently excellent. 

By completing placements in a variety of local primary schools, you will build excellent relationships with head teachers helping your future employment prospects. Many of our graduates go on to gain employment in the schools where they have previously been placed. In 2016 all those on the 3-7 PGCE had a teaching post before they had completed the course.

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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.