Post-Compulsory Education with Oxford Brookes University

Course offered
PGCE, full time or part time
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) is recognised internationally. This course does not lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

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

About the course

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).

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. The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges:

  • City of Oxford College
  • Reading College
  • Swindon College

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.

Trainees on the part-time routes study for one day at the local college over 2 years. Full-time trainees will spend the first three weeks of the course at Harcourt Hill Campus following an introductory programme for working in the classroom or other learning environment.

The most important aspect of your assessment will be the development of your teaching skills with individuals and groups. Your teaching will be observed by your mentor, a placement coordinator and a university tutor. In order to pass the course you must demonstrate your competence as a teacher and your development as a reflective practitioner. In addition you will be required to undertake assignments relating to the course modules. There are no examinations and all assessment is on a pass or refer basis.

Please note there is no guarantee of employment with your placement college when you have completed the course.

How school placements work

Following the introductory module, you will be placed with a suitable provider who will coordinate your teaching experience and provide you with a mentor. You will begin by observing experienced teachers, working alongside them and gradually moving towards teaching up to nine hours a week by the end of the first term.

You will attend the university on Thursdays and Fridays, with your teaching placement Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


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

Part Time Off Campus: 2 years

Part Time Off Campus Fee £3100.00

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.



Admission is open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, together with relevant employment. 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.

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

Oxford Brookes Wellbeing ( works together to enhance the learning, emotional, physical and spiritual life of the Oxford Brookes community.

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: X341

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
Main Site

Advice and support

For questions about this course you should contact the training provider using the contact details above.

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