PGCE Primary 5-11 (with QTS)


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Key facts

Start dates

September 2024


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: Up to 42 weeks


The Department for Education and The Teaching Regulation Agency


Great teachers make a difference to the lives of every child they teach everyday. Crucially, they have the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach excellent lessons - that have a positive impact on all pupils.

By developing your knowledge and understanding of research, with an unrelenting focus on what makes a difference in the classroom, you will develop a strong theoretical framework to your practice. Your practice, refined both on-campus and on-placement, will draw directly on this research. 

When you train to teach at Oxford Brookes, you will join a course whose graduates inspire thousands of children and lead in hundreds of schools across Oxfordshire and beyond. School leaders know our graduates are well-prepared to meet the high standards expected of them in our schools, with a broad range of on-campus and on-placement teaching and learning preparing them to make a difference in the lives of every child they teach, every day.

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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. Once you have accepted an offer from Oxford Brookes you will notified to complete your Health and DBS checks preceding your enrolment; you will receive your DBS notification by email in May.

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.

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 30 min 1-1 Zoom interview invite between 10.00 - 17.00 on your interview day. Please also accept this invite.

You will be given a task to complete during the 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


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 DfE Apply.

You will receive a communication from us inviting you to an interview day if your application is successful. We are currently 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

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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.

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

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 are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

Oxford Brookes alumni may be eligible for a 10% fees discount on postgraduate study.

All financial support and scholarships

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Learning and assessment

At Oxford Brookes we are passionate about excellence for all in education. Discover what this means and how this is delivered across all of our ITE programmes in our curriculum map.

On this course you’ll:

  • enter teaching with the knowledge, skills and understanding to improve the prospects for every child
  • develop layers of complex knowledge and skills
  • use interleaving and retrieval practice to ensure your learning is established, remembered and applied
  • be exposed to strong models of teaching in your provider-led and placement experiences
  • experience practice and theory - relevant to your classroom practice learn to deliver a rigorous and carefully sequenced curriculum to your pupils have the support to develop resilience as a teacher
  • make a sustained impact on the teaching profession
  • critique and deconstruct knowledge, models and teaching practice to establish the thinking behind outcomes.
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Study modules

Through the course we’ll:

  • train you to hold high expectations for every child you teach by including social justice throughout the course
  • provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be recommended for qualified teacher status
  • train and support our mentors - so that they know how to help you make progress
  • assess and support you to become a teacher that makes a positive difference.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

  • Equity in Education (20 credits)

    In this module, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of the causes and impact of inequity in education. Through reviewing recent research and policy developments, you will consider examples of inequity and the implications of these for pupils and schools.

    Develop vital skills as a classroom practitioner that support you to challenge assumptions and viewpoints, understand the notion of possibility, and present arguments and critiques through exploring the issues and themes of;

    • The attainment gap

    • Mental health and wellbeing

    • English as an additional language

    • Special educational needs and disabilities

    • Technology in education

    • Early years

    • Transitions

    • Assessment

    • Bias in education

  • Evidence Informed Practice (20 credits)

    In this module you’ll explore the links between evidence and classroom practice. Through the lens of a national curriculum subject, you’ll examine the connections between evidence, policy and classroom practice and how this has been interpreted.

    Through lectures, research and discussion you’ll develop the skills to;

    • identify the pertinent knowledge that informs current teaching policy and consider the extent to which this is achieved in practice

    • consider the purpose of studying foundation subjects in Primary Education

    • consider the importance of developing secure concepts of knowledge for all pupils

  • Professional Practice

    In this module you will develop the skills, understanding and knowledge to become an effective classroom teacher. You will learn how to:

    • Develop a secure climate for learning
    • Plan rigorous lessons which support pupils to learn
    • Understand how learning happens and how you can ensure this happens in your classroom
    • To make assessments of pupils learning and to respond to what they have learnt
    • To maintain excellent professional conduct.


  • English

    You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and implement effective English lessons in the primary classroom. You will learn to:

    • Engage pupils in ambitious classroom talk
    • Ensure pupils have access to high quality Systematic Synthetic Phonics lesson that enable them to become fluent readers
    • Provide pupils with opportunities to develop a broad and rich knowledge of language and vocabulary
    • Expose pupils to high quality and diverse literature
    • Teach pupils to write with confidence and rigour
    • Design opportunities for English across the primary curriculum
    • Develop your own subject knowledge.
  • 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

    In this module you will develop your subject knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and confidence in science. You will acquire knowledge and understanding required to secure the progress and engagement of all your pupils in science across the primary years.

  • 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

    This module is your  introduction to the planning and teaching of Design Technology and Computing in primary schools.

School based curriculum

Compulsory modules

  • School based curriculum 1

    This is the first of your three school based placements. You’ll be based in one of the University’s partnership schools. You will focus on developing:

    • Teacher presence
    • Climate for learning
    • Planning using an ‘I, we, you’ model.
    • Explicit modelling
    • Professionalism.
  • School based curriculum 2

    This is your second school based placement. You’ll be based in one of the University’s partnership schools. You will focus on developing:

    • Questioning skills
    • Lesson design to include explicit modelling and scaffolding.
    • Adaptive teaching to provide support and challenge
    • Planning strong retrieval practice.
    • Anticipating misconceptions
    • Planning for and working with other adults.
  • School based curriculum 3

    This is your final school based placement. You’ll be based in one of the University’s partnership schools. You will focus on developing:

    • Retrieval practice
    • Questioning for purpose
    • Planning and teaching sequences of lessons.
    • Planning intelligent practice
    • Responsive and adaptive teaching.
    • Assessment to inform your teaching.
    • Verbal and written feedback.
    • Preparing for your ECT years.



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

Learning and teaching

Your training will challenge you in many different ways which is why we have many different forms of support to aid you on your progression to becoming a teacher. 

University lecturers, who are all highly experienced primary practitioners, will provide excellent support for your academic work, personal development and wellbeing. Teacher mentors will provide advice and guidance whilst you are on placement. The trainees on the course work closely together and develop strong support networks. The wider university network also has a broad range of support for all enrolled students.

You’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status and specialist skills that can make a meaningful difference in children’s lives.

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.

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Assessment methods used on this course

Your progress on the course is assessed against our integrated school and campus curriculum expectations. This is underpinned by The Core Content Framework.

The level 7 modules will be assessed through written assignments and presentations.

Where trainees are not on track to be successful in elements of the programme additional support will be provided.


The School of Education, Humanities and Languages 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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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.