Oxford Brookes University School of Education

Oxford Brookes University

Secondary Education (English)

Successful completion of the programme, including success in meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the prescribed QTS skills tests, leads to QTS being confirmed by the General Teaching Council for England; programme prepares participants to teach pupils in the 11-18 age-range; the course has been designed to meet all current government requirements giving trainees the opportunity to develop their skills in schools for 2/3 of the year; the Westminster Institute of Education co-ordinates an extensive training partnership involving a wide range of schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire (these include comprehensive, selective and upper schools).

Entry requirements

Recognised UK 1st degree or the equivalent, with classification of 2.2 or above; usually applicants should have studied the subject in which they wish to specialise as a teacher for a substantial part of their time at university; native or bilingual speakers of French, German or Spanish may qualify to teach that language, even if their degree is not in that subject; passes at GCSE grade C or above, or the equivalent, in English and mathematics; satisfactory health and criminal record audits.

Course modules

The course is constructed in 8 modules; the university-based parts of the course consist of 2 main strands: professional studies; and subject studies; these 2 elements are closely interwoven and are followed up through the school-based parts of the programme; the university-based part of the course is taught mainly through seminars and workshops; the professional studies strand is underpinned by every child matters and introduces trainees to key issues of importance to secondary teachers; these issues include the new secondary curriculum, 14-19 education, personalised learning and individual needs; the subject studies strand builds on the generic professional studies programme and concentrates on subject-specific issues and methodology; trainees study and apply the latest teaching methods within their subject.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,140 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 11,140 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
01865 488292