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Leads towards the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)

The PGCE Post-Compulsory Education is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the education and training sector, including further education colleges and adult education. Successful completion of the course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) which is equivalent to but distinct from QTS (Qualified Teacher Status for ages 5-11 or 11-18 in schools).

We hold regular Open Days throughout the year, please come along and chat to the lecturers and find out more about the course.

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 education and training 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:

Why choose this course?

  • You can study the course full-time or part-time
  • You will be given a personally tailored individual learner plan
  • You will be supported throughout your studies by your personal tutor
  • The PGCE Post-Compulsory will enhance your knowledge and skills

Professional accreditation

QTLS is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) 

This course in detail

You will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in all your teaching / training roles and will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through the course using an individual learner plan tailored to you.

You will cover the following aspects of teaching and learning in the post-compulsory sector:

  • Assessing learners’ needs
  • Planning and preparing teaching and learning programmes for groups and individuals
  • Developing and using a range of teaching and learning techniques
  • Managing the learning process
  • Providing learners with support
  • Assessing the outcomes of learning and learners’ achievements
  • Reflecting on and evaluating your own performance, and planning for future practice
  • Working within a professional value base and conforming to agreed codes of professional practice

Students on the full-time course will undertake teaching practice in a post-16 institution.

All students will be observed teaching in their setting or institution.

Course Structure

Trainees on the part-time routes study for one day at the local college over 2 years. Full-time trainees will spend the first three weeks of the course at Harcourt Hill Campus following an introductory programme for working in the classroom or other learning environments.

Assessment of this part of the course will be through the compilation of a portfolio of evidence and a series of written assignments. This will include resources and plans you create for teaching sessions.

Following the introductory module, you will be placed with a suitable provider who will coordinate your teaching experience and provide you with a mentor. You will begin by observing experienced teachers, working alongside them and gradually moving towards teaching up to nine hours a week by the end of the first term.

You will attend the university on Thursdays and Fridays, with your teaching placement Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Approach to assessment

The most important aspect of your assessment will be the development of your teaching skills with individuals and groups. Your teaching will be observed by your mentor, a placement coordinator and a university tutor. In order to pass the course you must demonstrate your competence as a teacher and your development as a reflective practitioner. In addition you will be required to undertake assignments relating to the course modules. There are no examinations and all assessment is on a pass or refer basis.

Please note there is no guarantee of employment with your placement college when you have completed the course.


We have strong links with local partner colleges offering excellent employment prospects for students.

Visit the PGCE Education - Post-compulsory page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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