Oxford Brookes University School of Education

Oxford Brookes University

Post-Compulsory Education

The major part of the course is based in skills development; theory covered includes learning and teaching theory, assessment theory and human interaction theory. The emphasis of the course is on the development of skills related to teaching groups and individuals; this includes: planning and delivering to groups, 1-to-1 tutorials and participation in course teams. A critical analysis of the wider context is expected; students develop skills as a reflective practitioner in all their teaching/training roles and are supported through a process of individual learning planning. Students on the full-time course undertake teaching practice in a post-16 institution. This course is equivalent to the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) and leads towards the status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Entry requirements

Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline that is taught in further education or post-compulsory education and training; good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional qualification relevant to the subject to be taught; English/communication and mathematics/numeracy at level 2, normally GCSE grade A*-C or equivalent; part-time applicants: year 1 of the DTTLs; GCSE English A*-C is also required; students who do not have this qualification must achieve key skill communications at level 2 or GCSE English language before they are able to graduate; opportunity to be teaching for at least 100 hours during the academic year.

Course modules

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 own performance and planning for future practice; working within a professional value base and conforming to agreed codes of professional practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a variety of methods e.g. presentations, assignments, practical projects and group work. The students are also required to present individually to their peer group, work collaboratively with their peers and participate in group presentations. Other methods used are: completing a portfolio of evidence; a case study; analysis of audio and video recordings; reports and essays.

Sponsorship information

Pre-service students in shortage subjects are eligible for a bursary.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 11,400 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE Part-time £ 3,060 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Harcourt Hill Campus Oxford OX2 9AT South East

Key information

Programme Administrator
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01865 488292