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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (October/November 2021). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via The Oxford Internship scheme, as the PGCE programme is known at the University, is a one-year, full-time course of teacher education for graduates, involving a close partnership between the University department and local comprehensive schools. This enables all aspects of the course to be planned, carried out and evaluated jointly and results in a course which integrates work in the University and in school throughout the year. Trainee teachers are known as interns during the PGCE course. At Oxford, interns are prepared to teach in secondary schools (11-19 age range) in one of the following subjects:

  • English
  • geography
  • history
  • mathematics
  • modern languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin)
  • religious education
  • science (biology, chemistry, physics).
The programme has been developed with colleagues from Oxfordshire partnership schools and covers the key professional skills of:
  • lesson planning and preparation
  • assessment, recording and reporting
  • responding to individual learning needs
  • classroom and behaviour management.
This is a full-time course which will involve travel to your placement school, although most partnership schools do lie within the Oxfordshire county boundaries. The greater part of the autumn term (Michaelmas) is made up of 'joint weeks', in which time is spent both in your first placement school and at the Department of Education. The spring term (Hilary) consists primarily of an extended experience at the same school. For the summer term (Trinity), you will move to a second school to provide the opportunity to consolidate and extend your understanding of teaching and learning. There are two interrelated course components: curriculum subject work and the professional development programme. The curriculum tutor leads University seminars and liaises with the school-based mentor to co-ordinate subject related classroom activities. The mentor provides guidance and support and gradually increases an intern's responsibilities. The professional tutor in school co-ordinates school-based activities related to general educational issues and liaises with the general tutor, a member of the University staff, to plan seminars related to broader education issues. University tutors and guest specialists lead the University-based professional development programme components to provide an understanding of whole-school and cross-curricular issues. Experience and reflection underlie the whole course with the emphasis on you as a critical learner, considering a range of perspectives and testing your own ideas within your practice. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own professional development and develop your own philosophy of teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

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PGCE at University of Oxford - UCAS