Taught course

Education - Primary (PGCE)

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Recognised UK degree, or degree equivalent, typically at second class honours or above. Passes at GCSE grade C or above in English language, mathematics and science (or equivalent). There will be brief assessments of English and mathematics competence at interview. To be considered for interview candidates are expected to already have insights into the primary classroom, gained through experience in a school. Applicants must complete a minimum of two weeks in a UK state primary school prior to application. Satisfactory health and criminal record audits. You will need to pass the Department for Education's professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can start the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The one-year full time primary education PGCE course provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner able to teach primary school children. You will qualify with Qualified Teacher Status. If you have received a First or 2:1 in your undergraduate degree or you have a master's degree you will be eligible for a £3,000 bursary.

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.

You will have the opportunity to complete up to three of the module credits at Level 7 (master's Level) within this course. In 2015 these modules were:

  • Developing Reflection and Critical Practice encourages you to think critically about educational practice and to link this to your school based training
  • Research Informed Practice gives you the opportunity to study an area of your interest in more depth
  • Developing Professional Practice is concerned with the development of attitudes, skills and knowledge required to build understanding of the full professional life of a teacher. It also applies your knowledge and understanding of the curriculum guidance to classroom practice through explanations of planning, teaching and assessment
  • School based training - The Oxford Brookes Primary Partnership of schools is well established and mentors and teachers are involved in all aspects of your training. You will undertake periods of school experience teaching across classes within your chosen age range, within at least two partnership schools
  • Curriculum Studies develops knowledge and understanding of the primary curriculum and the requirements of the national curriculum. This will cover English, mathematics, science, information and communication technology, design technology, geography, history, art, music, drama, physical education and religious education. Information and communication technology is addressed within other curriculum elements, as are further cross-curricular aspects of the course such as special educational needs, multicultural education and citizenship.

Modules may change subject to course re-validation taking place in 2016. All elements of the course are compulsory.

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


full time
10 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 488546