Candidates must apply through the UCAS Teacher Training website. The completed UCAS application is then reviewed by a university tutor from the relevant subject area. If shortlisted you will be invited to attend a PGCE interview.

Normally interviews take place across an afternoon and following some introductory presentations there are three stages to the interview process. You will be asked to complete a subject specific written task. You will also participate in a group task alongside other applicants in your PGCE subject. Finally you will have an individual interview with a university tutor from the relevant subject area and normally a mentor from one of our partnership schools.

Although not a condition for being invited to interview, observation experience in a non-selective, state funded UK secondary school is encouraged. If you are able to organise some school experience prior to making an application then we recommend you detail and reflect upon this in the Personal Statement section of the UCAS application.

In addition to being offered a place on the PGCE course, all successful applicants are guaranteed a place at one of Oxford’s colleges.The college application process starts once you have accepted an offer to study the PGCE at the University of Oxford. At this point you can either select preferred colleges from a list of available institutions, or you can choose to not state a preference.

Please note:

  1. Skype interviews are only arranged in exceptional circumstances and are strictly at the discretion of the university tutor assessing the application. All interns must complete an interview as part of their PGCE application.
  2. If you are interested in completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course then you should briefly mention this in the Personal Statement section of the UCAS application form. If invited to interview you will then be able to have a tailored conversation with the interviewing panel about your SKE options. For more SKE information please see the Get Into Teaching website.
  3. From the date that you complete your UCAS application (including references) accredited providers have up to 40 working days to: review your application, invite you to any interview and process any offer. The 40 working day time-frame (sometimes called your Reject By Default date) is fixed and individual providers, including Oxford, cannot extend it. The 40 working day period is occasionally extended by UCAS, for example at Christmas and Easter. On the UCAS application form candidates are able to state any dates that they would be unavailable for interview.


We hope that we have answered your questions. If you are still unsure then please contact the PGCE Office on 01865 274020 or email