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Primary Teacher Education (Campus-Based)

BA (Hons) - single

School of Education

Are you looking for a career in which you can make a real, positive difference to children’s lives and their life chances? Do you have a passion and curiosity about how children learn? Do you think about children’s development and how they can meet the challenges of the twenty first century and succeed? Do you want to become an inspirational, enthusiastic and outstanding teacher who can help children achieve this? 

If you do, then our Primary Teacher Education (PTE) programme is the course for you. It provides you with experiences to deepen and broaden your understanding, to become an effective teacher. Your experiences will be underpinned by current and relevant educational research, and theory about how children learn.

Recently recognised by Ofsted as preparing trainees well to teach across the full primary curriculum, our Primary Teacher Education programme will develop your individual expertise and creativity. You will gain the skills to become a teacher recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), who will be confident, resilient, and well–informed about current practice.


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • The course is a dynamic and innovative three-year programme designed to produce confident, inspirational and creative primary school teachers
  • You will be taught by a dedicated team of primary teaching specialists, most of whom are former primary teachers themselves
  • You will gain an understanding of the full range of subjects within the primary school national curriculum
  • You will relate your practical experiences to the academic theory of teaching and learning
  • As well as developing the key skills to be an effective primary classroom teacher it will also set you on the road to becoming a future professional leader

Your learning will take place in the University, in local schools and in other educational contexts including museums, galleries and the outdoors. Your knowledge of primary schooling across the age range will be developed as will your ability to teach all the subjects in the primary curriculum. Your professional skills, including how to be an effective teacher, will be developed through a range of modules and school-based experiences.

In Year 1 you will be introduced to different ideas around teaching and learning, particularly in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. You will explore not only how you learn, but also how children develop and learn throughout primary school.

In Year 2 your professional and curriculum knowledge will be further enhanced. You will have the chance to study a pathway module covering  a range of diverse learning environments and primary pedagogical practices.

In the final year of the course you are given the opportunity to select a specialism. This could be an area that you wish to develop in your future teaching career. You will also produce a dissertation, an individual research project. This again allows you to develop greater knowledge and understanding in an area of your choice.  

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the modules and/or specialist pathways you choose may differ from those detailed below.

Year 1

In the first two terms you will be introduced to Phonics teaching in school through serial placements, one day a week for five weeks.

You will study three modules covering the core curriculum: 

Thinking Mathematically and Being Mathematical, English in the Earlier Years, and Science in the Primary Curriculum. These will all prepare you for initial teaching responsibilities in your first extended period of school-based training, which occurs towards the end of the first academic year. This is also supported by a professional studies module: Developing Reflective Practice.

Theories of learning are introduced in the Child Development and Learning to Talk/Talking to Learn modules, which are further supported with serial days in school, which begin in the first term, to carry out observations and other field work. 

Closely allied to this module is the Becoming a Researcher module which is designed to introduce students to academic literacies, the research, planning and writing skills required of undergraduates, as well as an introduction to education research and the developing of a more questioning, and critical, approach to academic texts.

Creativity and cross-curricular approaches are incorporated in the Exploring Learning module, including several educational visits and visitors as well as themed weeks of study.

Years 2 and 3

Year 2 further develops the themes of the core subjects, with a greater emphasis on the contents and requirements of the Primary National Curriculum. These core modules: Developing the Mathematics Curriculum, Science and Technology in the Primary Curriculum, and English in the Primary Curriculum also include a greater focus on teaching approaches.

The foundation subjects of art and music are further introduced in the Exploring Learning through the Arts module, whilst the Enquiring in the Humanities module introduces teaching and pedagogy in history, geography and RE.

The Becoming a Researching Teacher module allows you to further develop your understanding of educational research and prepares you for your final year dissertation module. 

In Understanding the Inclusive Classroom you will study four different pathways, including outdoor learning and inclusion. This module includes short periods of school experience linked to the individual pathways.

The second year has a substantial paired teaching placement of eight weeks. This builds upon the first-year placement and allows you to continue to develop your teaching, planning and assessment skills.

Year 3 continues to develop your ability to teach the core curriculum as you study modules in Enhancing Mathematical Understanding and Pedagogy and Literature in the Primary School. The contexts for learning are further investigated in  Exploring Learning through Buildings, People and Places and your professional skills are further enhanced through a module on Developing Outstanding Professional Practice.

You will select from a list of modules, specialising in one of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Science, SEN/Inclusion or Health and Well Being.

Students who opt for the Health and Well Being pathway have the opportunity to follow a PE and School Sport Specialism on some Wednesday afternoons when students are based on campus.  This is an extra cost of £30 and you will leave with various National Governing Body Teacher Awards such as Mini Tennis or Football Teacher Award Certificates.

The focus on research in education is chiefly developed through the double honours Dissertation module of between 8,000 to 10,000 words, based on a subject of your choice.

The final school experience is an individual placement of eight weeks duration, which occurs in the summer of the third year.

Please note: Students will be expected to fund their travel costs to and from placements. 


Module diagrams »


Work placements

The short Serial Days placements, the week-long Pathway placements and the block placements of several weeks and longer in primary schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and other neighbouring counties are spread out over the three year UG course. The placements are arranged by the university for each student in schools that are able to offer placements. We try to ensure that you are located within a reasonable distance from your term-time address and this is dependent on your mode of transport. The cost of travel to and from your placement is self funded. 

Field trips

We are always keen to explore ways in which you broaden your experience of education and development.

All students have the option of attending a 3 day residential trip to explore learning outside the classroom, outdoor tasks and adventurous activities. This takes place in South Wales at an accredited Outdoor Education Residential Centre. This is an optional experience and the extra cost including all kit, tuition, board and meals is £150 which is exceptional value.

In the past we have visited The Gambia developing long standing relationships with schools and colleges and we are actively exploring international opportunities in other parts of the world, aiming to be responsive to students' needs and interests. Students on the Primary Teacher Education course are very welcome to apply for places on these trips.

Please note: the cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course fee, and a separate fee will apply. The approximate cost for the Gambia trip in 2018 is £1200.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

You get the equivalent of one study day per week (this will not be timetabled on the same day each week). Lectures can take place between 9am - 5pm on all other days of the week. Placement in schools will require full time attendance and a commitment to professional values and practice.

School experience

A central component of the course will be your experience in school, supported by teacher-tutors, school-based mentors and university tutors. This element will feature in each stage of the programme. During these placements you will be required to take increasing levels of responsibility for teaching and class management in carefully selected partner schools.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is by their own discretion. Travel to and from your placement is self funded.

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.

Teaching and learning

Throughout the course you will be involved in a variety of approaches to learning and teaching. These include lecture and workshop sessions, seminars, giving presentations, fieldwork, creating displays and individual projects.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 18%74%8%
2 16%72%12%
3 14%74%12%

Approach to assessment

Various modes of assessment are used to develop your skills in teaching, communication, reflection and self-evaluation. The development of your practical teaching skills is central to the assessment programme. It is complemented by a range of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, presentations and practical projects. Assessment for some modules includes group assignments that encourage your collaborative and teamwork skills.

Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You must successfully complete a NQT (newly qualified teacher) year to become a fully qualified teacher.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 0%0%100%
2 0%0%100%
3 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC: DMM in a relevant field of study

Other typical offers include:

  • CACHE diploma in a relevant field of study at B
  • Access to Higher Education qualifications in a relevant field of study.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language, mathematics and science at grade C / grade 4 or above, or equivalent

You will need to pass the Department for Education's professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can start the course. 

You should send your application to UCAS and when you receive your welcome letter, you need to book dates to take the Department for Education skills tests.

When you go to the test centre you should take your welcome letter with you as evidence that you have already applied for a course of teacher training.  You will not be allowed to take the test unless you can provide this evidence.

Applicants are allowed unlimited attempts to complete each test. The first three attempts are free, but a charge will apply if you are required to re-take either test after this.  We therefore strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with the test content and take several practice tests before you attempt to book a test date.

Before applying for the course, it is strongly recommended that you gain school experience. It is highly desirable for interview candidates to already have insights into the primary classroom, gained through their experience in a school.

All candidates whose application forms indicate appropriate qualification and experience will be invited for interview. In order to be accepted on the course, you must also have satisfactory criminal record and health checks.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

If your application is successful you will be invited to our Harcourt Hill campus for an interview.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

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.

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

International applicants

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.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you'll be in a centre for academic studies which will provide you with a host of work placement and other learning opportunities. Brookes has extensive links with the region's schools and other education providers.

One of the world's great academic cities, Oxford is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects. It is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for its large student population, from theatres and cinemas to museums, art galleries and music venues.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

You will be provisionally registered with the relevant professional body, currently the National College for Teaching and Leadership, at the beginning of the course. Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

Career prospects

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.

Further study

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.