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. Your individual case will be reviewed by the Course Director and tailored advice given once a formal offer has been accepted.

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 wait until they have accepted an offer to study on the Oxford PGCE and should then contact Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500, as a teacher training applicant you can obtain the Statement of Comparability for free (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT).

Modern Language applicants who are native speakers of the target language do not need a degree in the main modern language. Native speakers offering a second language should hold an A level (or a satisfactory equivalent) 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 modern 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.


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