Taught course

Education - Post-Compulsory, PGCE

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for full-time course (one year)

Teacher training for the education and training sector attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. 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 required prior to entry.

Entry requirements for part-time course (two years)

The part-time course is intended for teachers/lecturers or trainers already working in the post-compulsory sector.

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.

All students are required to undergo a medical health check and require DBS (previously CRB) clearance.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Months of entry


Course content

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:

Information for international students

International students hold a conditional offer until payment of a deposit of £1,000 is received.

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488292