Welcome to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme at the University of Oxford

PGCE vacancy update as of 26th July 2017.
Places for a September start are available for MFL (French and German) and for Mathematics.
Please contact the PGCE Office on 01865 274020 for further details.

The Department of Education at the University of Oxford has a long history of involvement in initial teacher education.

The PGCE partnership works on an internship model (the Oxford Internship Scheme) which recognises the different roles of university and schools in teacher education and the need for a truly collaborative partnership. Such collaboration involves joint responsibility within the partnership for the planning, delivery and assessment of the programme. It aims to enable trainees to use theory to interrogate practice and vice versa.

The Department works in partnership with over 35 schools secondary comprehensive schools in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties, with most being within 30 miles of Oxford.

Many current partnership schools were closely involved in the development of the internship model, and commitment to the maintenance and critical development of the partnership remains high whilst continuing to be informed by research undertaken by tutors and teachers.

The PGCE course at the University of Oxford Department of Education offers you the opportunity to train to teach in one of the leading educational establishments in the country.

We pride ourselves on the intensive, flexible and personalized experience that we are able to offer you. You will be assigned individual, university based tutors and school-based mentors to monitor your progress on the course and to guide your learning. Course tutors have extensive experience both as school teachers and teacher educators. All tutors are also actively involved in research and this ensures that our course is always up to date with current developments in relevant theory and evidence.

A further strength of our programme is the cohort of interns themselves. They provide a network of peer support as well as the opportunity to compare and contrast experiences between different schools.

In addition to being awarded the PGCE qualification, interns who complete the course successfully are also recommended for Qualified Teacher Status which indicates that they have met the requirements of the government’s Teachers’ Standards.

Many of our alumni go on to work in partnership schools (around 30% each year) and subsequently go on to become involved in the PGCE programme themselves as school-based mentors. Many others go to work in schools across the country and through our alumni programme we aim to keep them involved in the work of the Education Department, as well as encouraging them to act as ambassadors for the University and advocates for the benefits to their own pupils of a university education.

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