Taught course

PGCE Post-compulsory Education

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

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

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.

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

Entry requirements for part-time course (two years)

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 to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Post-Compulsory Education is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the education and training sector. This includes further education colleges and adult education. Successful completion of the course leads to QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status, equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You can study full-time or part time. The course covers 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.

You'll receive a personally tailored individual learner plan. And your personal tutor will support you throughout your studies.

Information for international students

International applications

International students requiring a Tier 4 visa cannot study this course at Swindon College, but can apply to study it at our other partners.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

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

Fees and funding

Funding for Postgraduate students from outside the EU.

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

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