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PGCE

About the course

The Oxford Internship scheme, as the PGCE programme is known at the University, is a one-year, full-time course of teacher education for graduates, involving a close partnership between the university department and local comprehensive schools. This enables all aspects of the course to be planned, carried out and evaluated jointly and results in a course which integrates work in the university and in school throughout the year.

At Oxford, graduates are prepared to teach in secondary schools (11-19 age range) in one of the following subjects:

  • English
  • geography
  • history
  • mathematics
  • modern languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • religious education
  • science (biology, chemistry, physics)

The Department for Education also works in partnership with local schools to offer the School Direct PGCE training route.

The programme has been developed with colleagues from Oxfordshire partnership schools and covers the key professional skills of:

  • lesson planning and preparation
  • assessment, recording and reporting
  • responding to individual learning needs
  • classroom and behaviour management.

This is a full-time course which will involve travel to your placement school, although the majority of partnership schools do lie within the Oxfordshire county boundaries.

The greater part of the autumn term (Michaelmas) is made up of 'joint weeks', in which time is spent both in your first placement school and at the Department of Education.  The spring term (Hilary) consists primarily of an extended experience at the same school. For the summer term (Trinity), you will move to a second school to provide the opportunity to consolidate and extend your understanding of teaching and learning.

There are two interrelated course components: curriculum subject work and the professional development programme. The curriculum tutor leads University seminars and liaises with the school based mentor to co-ordinate subject related classroom activities. The mentor provides guidance and support and gradually increases an intern's responsibilities. The professional tutor in school co-ordinates school based activities related to general educational issues and liaises with the general tutor, a member of the University staff, to plan seminars related to broader education issues. University tutors and guest specialists lead the University-based professional development programme components to provide an understanding of whole-school and cross-curricular issues. 

Experience and reflection underlie the whole course with the emphasis on you as a critical learner, considering a range of perspectives and testing your own ideas within your practice. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own professional development and develop your own philosophy of teaching and learning.

You will complete three written curriculum assignments, two of which are formally examined, as well as a wider educational issue PDP assignment which is also formally examined. In all assignments practical investigation of pedagogical or educational issues through your own practice and school-based research is integrated with reading of research and professional literature.

Successful completion of the examined assignments at master's level carries 60 M-level credits, which may be built upon to achieve a full MSc degree. All three examined assignments must be passed at master's level for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), provided that the your practice also meets QTS requirements. Those who pass the assignments at Honours level will be awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS - provided, again, that your practice also meets the required QTS standards.

Graduate destinations

The numbers of interns going into teaching at the end of the course is high with the majority of interns having secured a teaching post in a state-maintained school.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2017-18

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

PGCE entry requirements

Resources

The Bodleian Education Library, located at the centre of the Department of Education, specialises in material on Education and related fields. As well as a print collection of books and journals, the library provides access to a wide range of online resources. The library also houses a collection of teaching resources in support of subjects covered by the department's secondary PGCE courses.

In addition to the computers and printers/scanners within the library, the Department of Education also has an IT room for teaching purposes which is available for individual PGCE interns drop in and use when not booked for teaching. All main teaching rooms are equipped with a full range of IT facilities, including data projectors and students are able to practice teaching with SmartBoards in some rooms. Interns are also able to make use of the IT facilities of their college.

Funding

The Department of Education website contains details about the funding opportunities for this course.

Costs

Fees for entry in 2017-18

The Department of Education website lists the tuition fees for the course. PGCE students classified as Home/EU for fees purposes do not usually pay a college fee. 

Tuition and college fees are payable for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees). Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details on the impact of the result of the UK referendum on its membership of the European Union.

Additional information

The course involves travelling to placement schools for approximately 120 days and reasonable school travel costs of around £600 should be budgeted.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between £1,002 and £1,471 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page.

Colleges

The colleges accepting students on the PGCE vary according to the subject:

PGCE - Biology (TT_6B_X1)

PGCE - Chemistry (TT_6C_X1)

PGCE - English (TT_6E_X1)

PGCE - Geography (TT_6G_X1)

PGCE - History (TT_6H_X1)

PGCE - Mathematics (TT_6M_X1)

PGCE - Modern Languages (TT_6L_X1)

PGCE - Physics (TT_6P_X1)

PGCE - Religious Education (TT_6T_X1)

How to apply

Applications for all PGCE courses are made through UCAS Teacher Training. You do not need to contact an academic member of staff in the department prior to submitting your application.  

Application procedure Apply via UCAS