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Primary 3-7 (with QTS)

PGCE

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

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) on:

  • successful completion of the course
  • successfully passing the prescribed QTS skills tests.

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

Applicants are allowed three attempts to complete each test. 

All candidates whose application forms indicate appropriate qualification and experience will be invited for 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
2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

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.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

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

The Excellent Practitioner

This module aims to support you in identifying and developing the key skills and attributes necessary to become an excellent practitioner. The module has two key underlying themes. These are reflection and being critical. The vehicle for exploring these themes, and developing the skills of reflection and criticality, is studying what constitutes excellent classroom practice.

Supporting Evidence Informed Practice

This module will enable you to improve your teaching, and the learning of the children you will be teaching, through studying the role and importance of research in education. It will provide you with grounding in the approaches, issues and debates surrounding educational research.

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

This module aims to develop your awareness of key issues, themes and debates in education. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and understanding covered in other modules in order to better equip you to work within the constantly changing landscape of education. By focusing on a selection of contemporary issues and debates, relevant to your pathway/age-phase, with the option of drawing upon and reflecting upon your own developing classroom practice, you will be better supported in entering the NQT year and further developing your career in education.

Curriculum Studies

This module develops knowledge and understanding of the  early years and primary curriculum and the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS)  and the national curriculum ( NC). This will cover  the all the areas of learning from the EYFS  and English, mathematics, science, information and communication technology, design technology, geography, history, art, music, drama, physical education and religious education. Information and communication technology is addressed within other curriculum elements, as are further cross-curricular aspects of the course such as special educational needs, multicultural education and citizenship.

School based training

Compulsory modules

School based training

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. 

Please note that students will be expected to fund their travel costs to undertake school placements.

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.