Primary (5-11) with Oxford Brookes University

Course offered
QTS full time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

If you want to teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, consider a course that gives you the qualification ‘postgraduate certificate in education with qualified teacher status’ instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

This one-year full time primary education PGCE course provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner able to teach in primary or nursery school settings with children aged 5-11 years.

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.

Approaches to learning include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work with professional tutor support. Attendance at lectures, workshops, seminars and school based training is a compulsory component of successful completion of the course and is monitored throughout and reflected in trainee references.

The course content is based on a reflective and critical approach to theory, policy and practice, through university-based lectures, teaching sessions and school-based professional training.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the School of Education. Visiting speakers from partnership schools, teaching unions, newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and other experts within the field of education provide further input.

Assessment is based on coursework, assignments and the achievement against the Teachers' Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All academic modules are rigorously assessed, mostly by written assignments. The school based training is assessed against the Teachers' Standards during school placements.

Interview process

As part of the admissions process successful applicants for our university based teaching courses will be invited for an interview at the School of Education. The Interview process is as follows:

  • Listen to an introductory talk from the Admissions Tutor
  • Carry out discussion activities and tasks in small groups, which will be observed by a member of the Primary Education team
  • Undertake a written English task
  • Share a prepared mathematics investigation
  • You are welcome to tour the Campus (self-guided)

Find out more information about interviews (

How school placements work

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. On the 3-7 programme this will start with time in a nursery placement, followed by KS 1 and finally time in a reception class. Prior to the placements the University based sessions will focus specifically on the appropriate age phase.

The school based training consists of 24 weeks of practical placements across the age ranges you are training to teach. You will be supported by a school mentor and a university tutor who will enable you to develop your professional skills in teaching. In addition there is a one-week placement in an ‘inclusive’ setting.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £13,410

Additional costs include your travel to and from your placement.

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



  • You need a recognised UK degree, or degree equivalent, at second class honours.
  • Passes at GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).
  • 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.
  • International Students need IELTS 6.0-7.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking.
  • All candidates whose application forms indicate appropriate qualification and experience will be invited for interview.

Personal qualities

Before applying for the course, it is strongly recommended that you gain school experience. It is highly desirable for interview candidates to already have insights into the primary classroom, gained through their experience in a school.

Other requirements

  • Fitness for practice check.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

About the training provider

You will be joining a university, widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes.

The School of Education enjoys many national and international partnerships which enable us to fulfil our mission to engage in and contribute to social, educational and economic development in this region, the wider UK and internationally.

All teaching is research-led, and you will be taught by staff with a wide range of experience in education, including former inner-city head teachers and ICT education experts. You will advance your knowledge and develop your teaching skills in a rich and diverse intellectual environment.

Our students form strong working relationships with tutors and benefit from a supportive and collaborative culture. The Oxford Brookes Teacher Education Partnership provides the school experience and the practical dimension of the Initial Teacher Training programmes. The partnership delivers around 600 placements for primary teaching students each year, and students often go on to become teachers at their placement school.

We are committed to ensuring students achieve the highest standards and once qualified we offer Newly Qualified Teachers continuing professional development courses to keep up to date with the latest initiatives in education.

Training with disabilities and other needs

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Learning support includes:

  • Your personal academic adviser:

A member of staff from your department assigned to work with you through your studies from beginning to end. They complement the academic guidance provided within your programme, and are here to support your learning.

  • Student support co-ordinators:

Up to five members of staff in each faculty, here to help you with any problem or issue you may encounter during your time at Oxford Brookes. You can go to them with personal issues as well as academic, and no problem is too small or too big for their advice.

  • Specialist dyslexia and disability advisers:

The team offers one-to-one study skills support, as well as further advice and support for students with specific learning difficulties and disabilities or medical conditions.

  • Academic liaison librarians:

The subject librarians provide training and support to help you access the resources you need.

  • English language support:

A free service providing English language support to International and EU students whose first language is not English.

Contact details

01865 484 848
Gipsy Lane


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: O66
  • Training programme code: 2254

Choose a training location

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Code Name Address
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