Taught course

Education - Post-Compulsory

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for full-time course (one year)

Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline that is taught in FE or post-compulsory education and training.

Admission is open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional/vocational qualification relevant to the subject you wish to teach. Degrees which may be suitable are: Accountancy, Agricultural Studies, Business, Communication, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Nursing, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sciences, Sport and Leisure, Tourism. This list is not exhaustive.

We also accept those with relevant vocational qualifications and experience who do not necessarily possess a degree.

GCSE English and Maths grade 4-5 are also required prior to entry.

Entry requirements for part-time course (two years)

GCSE English and Maths grade 4-5 are required prior to entry.

You will need to be teaching for at least 50 hours during each of the academic years in which you undertake the course (100 hours in total). A degree is not necessary for admission to the course but you are required to have a Level 3 qualification which may be a vocational qualification in your subject. The course requires attendance of one day per week for two academic years.

Months of entry


Course content

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

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Education and Training) previously 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 QTLS, now 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 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:

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488292