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Primary 5-11 (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)

The Department for Education and The Teaching Regulation Agency

Overview


Do you want to be a teacher who makes a real difference? When you train to teach at Oxford Brookes you’ll discover how you can become an outstanding teacher.

You’ll build confidence teaching in any classroom. And you'll be able to support children from all different backgrounds. You’ll experience five different schools. And you’ll have the freedom to experiment with approaches and techniques as you go. 

You’ll be training within a supportive community of educators, with mentors who can help you master skills and explore specialisms. You’ll have time to build knowledge across all primary subjects. And we'll support you to find a teaching style that feels right for you.

You’ll benefit from

  • A network of 650 partner schools
  • Professional Masters level modules
  • Hands-on SEN experience
  • Optional training in music and PE
  • A library of resources and equipment 

You’ll graduate as a resilient professional, with a teaching style that’s right for you.

 

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: GCSEs or equivalents: achieve a standard of grade 4 or higher in English, Mathematics and Science (Science with Chemistry, Science with Physics, Science with Biology).

  • A recognised UK degree, or degree equivalent, normally at second class honours.
  • Additional DBS and Health teaching checks are completed prior to your enrolment.

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.

Selection 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 Primary course. 

Your teaching interview will be remote (online). 

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

Then your academic interviewer will contact you with a 30min 1-1 Zoom interview invite between 10.00 - 17.00 on your interview day. Please also accept this invite.

Before your interview you need to select a picture book that you will discuss in your interview. You'll also need your photographic ID to hand to show the academic interviewer.

At 09:00 on your interview day you will receive a recorded introductory talk from the course leader. Please watch this video.

Enjoy your interview and ask questions, it’s your chance to find out about us.

 

 

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.

You will receive a communication from us inviting you to an interview day if your application is successful. Due to current Covid restrictions we are running virtual online interviews at the moment.

A successful interview will lead to you receiving an offer for a place on this course. 

When you apply for the course, we recommend that you have school experience. Applicants should have insights into the primary classroom with school experience. Though this is not compulsory for applicants.

 

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Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

International / EU full time
£14,900

Home (UK) full time
£9,250

International / EU full time
£14,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

International / EU full time
£14,900

2022 / 23
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.

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

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


On this course, you’ll have the time and space to establish your own teaching style. You’ll explore teaching theory and build hands-on practitioner skills. And you’ll receive support and guidance from highly experienced tutors all the way through.

You’ll carry out up to 5 placements across the 5-11 age range. On your school placements you’ll practice different techniques and approaches, helping you develop your unique teaching style. You’ll be exposed to a wide range of classrooms, and will build professional relationships with many other practitioners. 

Your learning will always be underpinned by the latest developments in education research. And you’ll have the option to dive deeper into the primary curriculum as you progress, with the option to specialise in areas like:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Physical Training 
  • or Special Education and Needs 

Ofsted has commended the 'outstanding support' our trainee teachers receive - from those with experience in education to students who are completely new to teaching.

 

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Study modules

You’ll take three Master’s level modules on the course. These are specialist modules where you’ll start developing advanced practitioner skills, and include: 

  • Professional learning
  • Examining key debates in teaching 
  • The role of research in education and evidence in teaching.

These modules add up to one third of an MA (60 credits), setting you up for future professional development.

 

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 Teaching and Learning (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.

Professional Studies

This is your chance to learn more about the full professional life of a teacher. You’ll examine issues and challenges related to:

  • why and how schools work as they do
  • why and how teachers teach as they do
  • why and how children learn as they do.

The learning links with all your other modules, to help you explore the processes of planning, teaching and assessment. Your own experiences are important here as you develop your reflective practice. We aim to help you build the self-esteem and confidence you need to become a really effective teacher, able to meet children’s needs in imaginative and stimulating ways.

 

 

English

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
  • learning about languages: how they work and the links between them
  • talk for learning
  • using media technologies in developing children’s language and literacy
  • literature in the primary classroom
  • using drama strategies in developing children’s language and literacy.

Mathematics

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 Foundation Stage and primary years. 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

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 Foundation Stage and primary years. 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.

Humanities

Here you’ll gain a foundation in the three humanity subjects: RE, geography and history. Practical workshop sessions and project-based work will help to build your confidence and enjoyment of these subjects. We’ll investigate topics like: 

  • national and local initiatives to support 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 humanities
  • cross-curricular approaches.

 

Arts

You’ll gain a grounding in the two arts subjects: art and music. You’ll take part in practical workshops, aimed at building your enjoyment of art and music and your confidence in teaching them. You’ll explore topics such as: 

  • aspects of learning outside the classroom
  • using the expertise of educational officers and tutors in a variety of venues
  • embedding global citizenship, cultural diversity and cultural heritage
  • Introducing cross-curricular approaches
  • the effective use of ICT in arts.

 

PE, Health and Wellbeing

You’ll draw on your own experiences and gain a grounding in Physical Education and Health and Wellbeing. Practical workshops and lectures will help you build your confidence and enjoyment of these aspects of the curriculum.

We’ll investigate topics like:

  • national and local requirements for Physical Education
  • local and national initiatives for Physical Education
  • using the expertise of educational officers and tutors in outdoor venues
  • develop an understanding of relevant cross-curricular links
  • the effective use of ICT in PE

You’ll also have the voluntary optional residential visit to an outdoor centre in South Wales - cost details can be found in the additional costs section above.

 

Design and Computing

You’ll  participate in practical and interactive workshops to develop your teaching of Design Technology. You’ll use a mix of technical learning skills and consider pedagogy. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a computing conference day and you will receive an extension computing reading list, to help assist you in using technology in the classroom environment.

You’ll explore:

  • national and local syllabus requirements 
  • using expertise of educational officers and tutors in a variety of venues
  • the effective use of ICT
  • cross-curricular approaches to the subject

School based curriculum

Compulsory modules

School based curriculum 1

This is the first of three main blocks of school-based training placements (SBT) that you’ll undertake. You’ll be based in one of the University’s partnership schools. 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 curriculum 2

In your second placement, 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 curriculum 3

In your final placement, you’ll be delivering sustained teaching across the curriculum. You’ll take 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’ll learn through collaboration and participation in:

  • Lectures
  • Directed reading
  • Teaching workshops
  • Group seminars
  • Practical lesson skills and project work
  • Compulsory school placements across the duration of your course.

You’ll also be able to use specialist teaching resources from our School Experience Centre to support your teaching on placement. 

And through the course, you’ll become part of an inclusive and vibrant community of trainee teachers and experienced practitioners. You’ll be able to rely on this community for support and advice throughout your training.

 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Your course assessment is based on:

  • Coursework
  • Assignments
  • School Placements
  • Reaching the standard for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Your academic modules will be assessed by written assignments - where you’ll explore theory and practice. This will give you the practical knowledge and skills to teach primary school pupils. 

You’ll also be assessed through your school placements, where successful completion includes your attendance on the placement for the required number of days across your chosen age range.

 

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

Teaching is a career where you can make a real difference to children’s lives. And you’ll finish this course with the skills and confidence to become an outstanding primary teacher, ready to start  your teaching career.

You’ll develop strong relationships with teachers and school leaders at multiple schools during your placements. And you’ll graduate with a solid professional network, that will help you secure your first teaching role.  

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency to grant Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK. You will be provisionally registered with the Teaching Regulation Agency at the beginning of your course. Students who successfully complete the course will be recommended for QTS. 

Please be aware that following the UK's departure from the European Union, QTS awarded by UK higher education institutions is not currently recognised in the EU.

 

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