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Primary 5-11 (with QTS)


Key facts

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: Up to 42 weeks


School of Education


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: Passes at GCSE Level 4 (grade C) or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).

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 interview. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


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


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.

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

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
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Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

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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.

Learning and assessment

You will complete up to three of the module credits at Level seven (masters level) as part of this course.

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 across classes within your chosen age range, in at least two partnership schools.

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

In this module you will study the research behind excellent teaching and learning.

Key issues in Teaching and Learning

In this module you will focus on the literature supporting one key issue affecting the education profession. For example this could be assessment without levels, or the Olympic legacy.

Supporting Evidence Informed Practice

This module is a research piece on an educational topic of your own choice.

Curriculum Studies

This module develops knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum and the requirements of the national curriculum. This will cover English, mathematics, science, information and communication technology, design technology, geography, history, art, music, drama, physical education, computing and religious education.

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. 

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 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).


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.

In 2016/17, 100% of completing students found employment following the end of the course.

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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.