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PGCE Primary 5-11 (with QTS)
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
Apply for this course through DfE Apply.
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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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
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:
- 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.
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
After you graduate
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.
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.
"I was attracted to the PGCE at Oxford Brookes because of its locality and because it offered the balance between placement and campus time that I wanted in order to be the best teacher I could possibly be"Read more about Ian
"Teaching has always been something I’ve wanted to do and I knew the School of Education department at Oxford Brooke’s offered an excellent service"Read more about Katherine
"I decided to study the course because I had reached a point in my career where I had progressed well but was so removed from the reason I started my career in retail buying that I wasn’t sure why I was going to work every day"Read more about Nicola
"I had already heard that the Oxford Brookes PGCE was a really good course and I liked the idea of joining a university that had a lot of courses surrounding education, as I knew that there would be plenty of resources and many people to give a professional opinion"Read more about Sarah-Jane
"The reputation of the PGCE Primary course at Brookes is well known, and even before I became interested in becoming a Primary School teacher I was aware that Brookes was well-respected in this area"Read more about Scott
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