Oxford Brookes University Teacher Training
There are various options to consider when you decide to train as a teacher and embark on an initial teacher training course. Some courses are university based, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and the undergraduate BA (Hons) programmes. 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.
Some programmes are school based, such as School Direct. To be able to teach at state-maintained schools in England and Wales you have to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is normally included in your initial teacher training programme. Read our full Ofsted report.
BA Primary Teacher Education (Campus-Based)
A three year course which enables you to study for a degree and complete your Initial Teacher Training at the same time. You will also gain qualified teacher status.
A one-year full-time campus based course for students that have a degree. It provides you with the professional skills required to become an effective classroom practitioner able to teach primary school children, in either the 3–7 or 5–11 age range and consists of substantial periods of practical placement across the age ranges. On successful completion of the course you will qualify with Qualified Teacher Status.
School Direct and School Centred Initial Teacher Training
A one-year full-time course for graduates who prefer to be based in a school. Support and academic teaching is provided by mentors and academics at Oxford Brookes University.
The School Direct programme is either unsalaried or salaried. If you undertake the unsalaried route you may be eligible for student loans and bursaries . The salaried route is for very high quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary while they train.
At the end of the School Direct programme you will gain QTS. Some school Direct partnerships also offer the opportunity for trainees to follow the Oxford Brookes PGCE programme. The PGCE programme has master’s level components which can be used for further master’s level study.
Partner schools that work with Oxford Brookes to offer Primary and/or Secondary places on the School Direct scheme:
School Direct SCITT programmes are designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges. Most of the training and support is provided by the SCITT.
SCITTs are approved by the government to award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Some SCITTs also offer the opportunity for trainees to follow the Oxford Brookes PGCE programme. The PGCE programme has master’s level components which can be used for further master’s level study. Brookes provides the teaching and quality assurance of this master’s level work.
Oxford Brookes School of Education is working with the following partners to offer this option of training to become a teacher.