Routes into Teaching

Routes into Teaching

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. 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.

Primary

BA (Hons) 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.

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PGCE

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.

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School Direct

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 places on the School Direct scheme:

Learn more about the School Direct Scheme

School Centred Initial Teacher Training

A one year full time course for graduates who want to complete initial teacher training in a school environment. SCITT programmes are designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges.

The SCITT programme leads to the award of 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.

Oxford Brookes School of Education is working with Two Mile Ash School in Milton Keynes to offer this option of training to become a teacher.

Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher Status

If you are an experienced teacher or graduate instructor and you would like to gain a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status we offer an Assessment Only route to QTS. This is not a training programme. If you would like to undertake the AO route to QTS you will need a school to recommend you.

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Secondary

School Direct

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 Secondary places on the School Direct scheme:

Learn more about the School Direct Scheme

Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher Status

If you are an experienced teacher or graduate instructor and you would like to gain a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status we offer an Assessment Only route to QTS. This is not a training programme. If you would like to undertake the AO route to QTS you will need a school to recommend you.

Course information

Post compulsory

PGCE

The PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education) is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector, which includes further education colleges and adult education. This course leads to Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills (equivalent to QTS)

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 post-compulsory sector – this might be in further education, higher education, the health service, adult and community education, the prison service, the armed forces or private training providers. The part-time course can only be studied at one of our partner colleges:

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Early Years

Early Years Foundation degree

The Early Years Foundation degree is designed for practitioners with an A level (or equivalent qualification) who work with young children in a range of nursery and pre-school settings. The course is delivered at the following Oxford Brookes partner colleges:

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Early Childhood Studies BA (Top up)

The Early Childhood Studies one-year top-up course builds on your previous study (normally a foundation degree) and offers you the chance to complete an honours degree. It is taught at the School of Education on our Harcourt Hill Campus, and at two of our partner colleges:

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PGCE Primary (Early Years route)

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.

Course information | Student profiles

Early Years Initial teacher Training, leading to Early Years Teacher Status

The Early Years Teacher Status is part of the government’s initiative to raise the status and quality of the Early Years workforce. It provides the opportunity for you to train to work with babies and young children, from birth to five, as an Early Years Teacher. You will become a specialist in early years care and education and you will be able to lead the development of practice in your setting, school or organisation.

You will receive continuing professional development to assist you in meeting the required standards and on successful completion of the course you will meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Please note that Qualified Teacher Status is not achieved through the Early Years Initial Teacher training programme. If you would like to work in KS1 as a teacher then an Early years PGCE route will be the most appropriate for you.

There are two routes available for the Early Years teacher training. The employment based route which takes 12 months and the Assessment Only route which takes 3 months.

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Assessment Only route to Early Years Teacher Status

If you are an experienced teacher or graduate instructor and you would like to gain a formal qualification to gain Qualified Teacher Status we offer an Assessment Only route to QTS. This is not a training programme. If you would like to undertake the AO route to QTS you will need a school to recommend you.

Course information

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