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Primary Teacher Education (Campus-Based)
Our Primary Teacher Education (PTE) course is for those who:
- want a career where you can really change children’s lives
- are curious about how children learn
- want to become an outstanding teacher who improves children’s prospects.
Our innovative degree develops your individual expertise as a teacher. We provide experiences to deepen your understanding of how to teach effectively. And they will be underpinned by current and relevant educational research, and theory about how children learn.
You will be taught by dedicated primary teaching specialists, most of whom are former primary teachers themselves.
- gain an understanding of the full range of subjects in the primary school national curriculum
- gain the skills to become a teacher recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
- be well-informed about current practice
- prepare to become a future professional leader.
Ofsted recently recognised our Primary Teacher Education course as preparing trainees well to teach across the full primary curriculum.
How to apply
Apply for this course through UCAS.
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.
We recommend that you gain some school experience before applying for the course, this is not a requirement for the course.
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Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
You will understand primary schooling across the age ranges. We will teach you in various educational contexts, including:
- the university
- local schools
- field trips
In Year 1 we introduce you to different ideas in teaching and learning, particularly English, Mathematics and Science. You will explore:
- how you learn
- how children learn in primary school.
Year 2 will develop your knowledge of the curriculum. You can study a pathway module with a range of learning environments and teaching practices.
In Year 3 you can specialise by choosing an area you wish to develop in your future career. You will also produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You will undertake placements in primary schools, which run for a day, a week or several weeks. We spread these placements out over your degree, and they take place in Oxfordshire and other neighbouring counties. We try to ensure that they are within reasonable distance of your term-time address. Travel is self-funded.
After you graduate
Students from the course are very successful in finding appointments in primary schools across the country. Feedback from schools indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of teachers from this course.
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.
To support you, while working during your NQT year we offer a programme of CPD short courses which will provide informal links and support during the year. Workshop themes and areas will be adapted to the specific experiences and needs of the NQT groups that we work with.
We also offer a range of CPD short courses to give you practical ideas to help you in the classroom, as well as a range of master's level courses, such as the MA Education.
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Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.