Applicants must hold, or be in the final year of, an undergraduate degree. Students typically study the subject in which they wish to complete a PGCE, but degrees from related subjects will also be considered.

Applicants must also hold a GCSE at grade C (level 4) or above in English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold a GCSE in English or mathematics (or a satisfactory equivalent) will be asked to complete a GCSE equivalency test.

International qualifications viewed as comparable to qualifications taken within the UK are accepted for the PGCE. In order for the University of Oxford to formally recognise any overseas qualification the student must present a Statement of Comparability from UK NARIC. Students in this position should contact Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500. As a teacher training applicant a Statement of Comparability can be obtained for free (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT).

Modern Foreign Language applicants who are native speakers of the target language do not need a degree in the main foreign language. Native speakers offering a second language should hold an A level in that additional language or should be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, such as time spent living abroad. We are happy to receive applications from graduates who speak all of the foreign languages we offer.

Other conditions

If your application is successful then you will be made a conditional offer. The conditions of this offer will include:

  • Proof of graduation
  • Evidence of GCSE at grade C (level 4) or above in English and mathematics
  • Completion of an occupational health questionnaire
  • Satisfactory completion of relevant background checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Financial declaration

There may be additional conditions attached to your offer. In order to meet Oxford’s requirements and confirm your unconditional status all of these requirements must also be met in due course.

The Professional Skills Tests for Literacy and Numeracy will no longer be a requirement for those training to teach after 1st April 2020.  All Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers are expected to make an assessment of English and mathematics knowledge of a trainee before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded and are responsible for assuring these skills. The University of Oxford will not, however, require any additional test of English and mathematics knowledge as part of the application or interview process.


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