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There are various options to consider when you decide to train as a teacher and embark on an initial teacher training course. Some courses are university based, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the undergraduate BA (Hons) programmes. As part of the admissions process successful applicants for our university based teaching courses will be invited for an interview at the School of Education.
Some programmes are school based, such as School Direct. To be able to teach at state-maintained schools in England and Wales you have to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is normally included in your initial teacher training programme. Read our full Ofsted report .
A three year course which enables you to study for a degree and complete your Initial Teacher Training at the same time. You will also gain qualified teacher status.
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A one-year full-time campus based course for students that have a degree. It provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner able to teach primary school children, in either the 3–7 or 5–11 age range and consists of substantial periods of practical placement across the age ranges. On successful completion of the course you will qualify with Qualified Teacher Status.
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A one-year full-time course for graduates who prefer to be based in a school. Support and academic teaching is provided by mentors and academics at Oxford Brookes University.
The School Direct programme is either unsalaried or salaried. If you undertake the unsalaried route you may be eligible for student loans and bursaries. The salaried route is for very high quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary while they train.
At the end of the School Direct programme you will gain QTS. Some school Direct partnerships also offer the opportunity for trainees to follow the Oxford Brookes PGCE programme. The PGCE programme has master’s level components which can be used for further master’s level study.
Partner schools that work with Oxford Brookes to offer Primary and/or Secondary places on the School Direct scheme:
School Direct SCITT programmes are designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges. Most of the training and support is provided by the SCITT.
SCITTs are approved by the government to award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Some SCITTs also offer the opportunity for trainees to follow the Oxford Brookes PGCE programme. The PGCE programme has master’s level components which can be used for further master’s level study. Brookes provides the teaching and quality assurance of this master’s level work.
Oxford Brookes School of Education is working with the following partners to offer this option of training to become a teacher.
For School Direct Teacher Training you must apply through UCAS not directly to the University.
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If you are an experienced teacher or graduate instructor and you would like to gain a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status we offer an Assessment Only route to QTS. This is not a training programme. If you would like to undertake the AO route to QTS you will need a school to recommend you.
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At the end of the School Direct programme you will gain QTS. Some School Direct partnerships also offer the opportunity for trainees to follow the Oxford Brookes PGCE programme. The PGCE programme has master’s level components which can be used for further master’s level study.
The following Partnerships work with Oxford Brookes to offer Secondary places on the School Direct scheme:
If you are a qualified teacher in one of the STEM subjects but have not been teaching for a while then we can offer a bespoke, individual training programme to help you restart your teaching career and get back into the classroom. We are working with Wycombe High School to give returning teachers training in areas such as behaviour management, the curriculum and ICT. For further information email Lorna Shires at email@example.com
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The PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education) is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector, which includes further education colleges and adult education. This course leads to Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills (equivalent to QTS).
The full-time course is designed for students who wish to enter the profession and can only be studied at our Harcourt Hill Campus.
The part-time course is designed for those already employed as teachers and trainers in the post-compulsory sector – this might be in further education, higher education, the health service, adult and community education, the prison service, the armed forces or private training providers. The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges:
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