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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: up to 42 weeks

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Home / EU: Full-time £9,000; International: Full-time £12,640

Course Content

Course content

The one-year full time primary education PGCE course provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner able to teach primary school children. You will qualify with Qualified Teacher Status. If you have received a First or 2:1 in your undergraduate degree or you have a master's degree you will be eligible for a £3,000 bursary.

Although there is no deadline for applications we recommend that you apply as early as possible as places for postgraduate teacher training are highly competitive. Early application is especially advised if you live locally and would like to work in our partnership schools.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgce-education-primary/

Why choose this course?

- You will gain the professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner.

- The course content is based on a reflective and critical approach to theory, policy and practice, through university-based teaching sessions and school-based professional training.

- The 2010 full Ofsted inspection graded Oxford Brookes' primary teaching courses as 'outstanding', the highest rating possible.

- A key element of this training consists of substantial periods of practical placement across the age ranges. With the support of a school mentor and university tutor you will integrate the professional knowledge and understanding developed through university taught sessions with school based learning and through practical application enable the development of professional skills in teaching.

- The School of Education at Oxford Brookes is one of the largest schools of education in the UK, combining high quality teaching and significant research and consultancy activity.

- We work in close partnership with hundreds of schools and colleges and other organisations.

- You will be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects. Drawing on our research-led teaching, our courses will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills.

Teaching and learning

Approaches to learning include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work with professional tutor support.

Attendance at lectures, workshops, seminars and school based training is a compulsory component of successful completion of the course and is monitored throughout and reflected in trainee references.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the School of Education. Visiting speakers from partnership schools, teaching unions, newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and other experts within the field of education provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is based on coursework, assignments and the achievement against the Teachers' Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All academic modules are rigorously assessed, mostly by written assignments. The school based training is assessed against the Teachers' Standards during school placements.

Specialist facilities

The Harcourt Hill library has a very well resourced school experience centre which operates a loan system for a wide range of resources which can be used during your school based training.

Attendance pattern

This is an intensive programme and attendance is full time, both while at university and on school placements.

How this course helps you develop

This course develops both your academic and professional skills, as you train to fulfil your potential as a future teacher.


There is currently a demographic bulge in the primary age population so career prospects for trained primary teachers are excellent. By completing placements in a variety of local primary schools, you will build excellent relationships with headteachers helping your future employment prospects. Many of our graduates go on to gain employment in the schools where they have previously been placed.

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.

Visit the Education: Primary (PGCE) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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