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. Entrants should also possess English/communication and mathematics/numeracy at Level 2, normally GCSE grade A*-C or equivalent. 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 A* - C are also required. Students who do not have this qualification will be required to achieve Communications and Numeracy at Level 2 or GCSE English Language before they are able to graduate. 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 applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Months of entry


Course content

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:

You will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in all your teaching / training roles and be supported through a process of individual learning planning.

The courses and students at further education (FE) colleges are diverse and the key requirements for teachers are enthusiasm, and the ability and motivation to teach and assess across a wide range of courses.

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.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content may change from the details given here.

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488292