Application procedure

All applications to the PGCE at Oxford must be made through UCAS Teacher Training. Applications can be made online through their website. Please check if there are vacancies available.

Guidance on filling out a UCAS application form

Please read the relevant UCAS guidance before you fill out the application form.

  • The first sections of the application ask for general personal details. Please complete these sections carefully to avoid making any mistakes.
  • You are then asked to list up to three course/institution combination choices. Please check that you have listed the course/institution combination codes correctly.
  • When listing your academic qualifications in the application form please ensure that the individual qualification title plus main marks/grades are given for each subject. Where possible please also provide details of the subjects studied as part of your degree.
  • Your personal statement is an important part of your application. It is your chance to tell us why you should be chosen to do the PGCE course and should demonstrate your commitment, enthusiasm and motivation. Your statement should tell us why you wish to teach at secondary school level and why you wish to teach your selected subject.
  • You should inform us of any relevant experience you have of working with children and young people and what insights into teaching you have gained from this. Ideally this should include at least one day observing in a UK secondary comprehensive school.
  • You are asked to provide two references. If you are a student, or have been within the last five years, then please ensure that one of these is a (former) tutor in the relevant subject. You should inform your referees that you are intending to apply for the PGCE so that they are able to prepare a relevant reference for your application.

When you make an application you will need to pay an application fee to UCAS. This can be done online using a credit/debit card. Full instructions can be found on their website.

UCAS will begin taking applications in late October prior to the entry year. Applications are received, by us, from UCAS, throughout the academic year or until each subject is full, which in some cases may be as early as February. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible as competition for places on the PGCE programme is strong.

Up to date details of vacancies can be viewed on the UCAS website by doing a course search and selecting O33 Oxford University.

If you wish to apply for our School Direct routes you should also apply through UCAS. School Direct places are listed under the name of the lead school.

If you have any queries regarding UCAS processes please contact:

The Universities and College Admissions Service
New Barn Lane
Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
Tel: 0371 468 0468

Page last modified: October 13, 2016