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Trainees who successfully complete the course, including success in the prescribed QTS skills tests, will be confirmed by the National College of Teaching and Leadership as newly qualified teachers.

Our Post Graduate Certificate of Education programme is run by the School of Education

The one-year full time primary education PGCE provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective teacher, able to inspire primary school children aged between 5-11 years old. 

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.

Why choose this course?

  • You will gain the professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills required to become an effective teacher. The PGCE content is based on a reflective and critical approach to education theory, policy and practice, through university-based teaching sessions and school-based professional training.
  • A key element of this training consists of substantial periods of practical teaching 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 primary teaching.
  • 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 PGCE will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills

Careers and professional development

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 primary school teacher. 


There is currently a demographic bulge in the primary age population so career prospects for trained primary teachers are currently excellent. By completing placements in a variety of local primary schools, you will build excellent relationships with head teachers helping your future employment prospects. In 2016/17, 100% of completing students found employment following the end of the course.

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 PGCE Education: Primary (campus based) 5-11 page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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