Grad.Cert. Post-compulsory Education

Oxford Brookes University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,010 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,010 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This course is the professional qualification for those who wish to teach in the post-compulsory sector. The full-time course is designed for students who wish to enter the profession; the part-time course is designed for those already employed as teachers and trainers in the post-compulsory sector - this might be in further education, higher education, the health service, adult and community education, the prison service, the armed forces or private training providers.

Currently there are teacher shortages in construction, maths and numeracy, information technology, and health and social care, but students from other disciplines are welcome. The courses and students at further education (FE) colleges are diverse and the key requirements for teachers are enthusiasm and the ability and motivation to teach and assess, across a wide range of courses. The full-time programme is run at our Harcourt Hill campus and the part-time programme is run at Swindon College, and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, as well as our Harcourt Hill campus.

Graduate students on the Harcourt Hill-based courses may elect to study at master's level for part of the course, this gives an exemption of three modules from an MA in Education.

Why Brookes?
We have strong links with local partner colleges offering excellent employment prospects for students.


Course length
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years (in-service)

This course is generic and the major part of the course is based on skills development, with exploration of theories covering learning and teaching, assessment and human interaction.

The emphasis of the course is on the development of skills related to teaching groups and individuals. This includes planning, delivering, and assessing groups, and participation in course teams in terms of working with colleagues and peers. A critical analysis of the wider context is expected. You will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in all your teaching / training roles and be supported through a process of individual learning planning.

You will cover the following aspects of teaching and learning in the post-compulsory sector:

* assessing learners' needs
* planning and preparing teaching and learning programmes for groups and individuals
* developing and using a range of teaching and learning techniques
* managing the learning process
* providing learners with support
* assessing the outcomes of learning and learners' achievements
* reflecting on and evaluating your own performance and planning for future practice
* working within a professional value base and conforming to agreed codes of professional practice.

Students on the full-time course will undertake teaching practice in a post-16 institution. All students will be observed teaching in their setting / institution.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content may change from the details given here


Entry requirements for full-time course (one year)
Post-compulsory teacher training attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants are welcome from any academic discipline that is taught in FE or post-compulsory education and training. Admission is open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional / vocational qualification relevant to the subject you wish to teach. Degrees which may be suitable are: Accountancy, Agricultural Studies, Business, Communication, Construction, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Nursing, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sciences, Sport and Leisure, Tourism. This list is not exhaustive.

We also accept those with relevant vocational qualifications and experience who do not necessarily possess a degree.

Entrants should also possess English/Communication and Mathematics/Numeracy at Level 2, normally GCSE grade A*-C or equivalent.

Students are required to undergo a medical health check and require CRB clearance.

Entry requirements for part-time course (two years)
The part-time course is intended for teachers/lecturers or trainers already working in the post-compulsory sector.

GCSE English and Maths A* - C are also required. Students who do not have this qualification will be required to achieve Communications and Numeracy at Level 2 or GCSE English Language before they are able to graduate.

You will need to be teaching for at least 75 hours during each of the academic years in which you undertake the course (150 hours in total). A degree is not necessary for admission to the course but you are required to have a level 3 qualification which may be a vocational qualification in your subject. The course requires attendance of one day per week for one academic year.

Students are required to undergo a medical health check and require CRB clearance.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 78

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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