Gain early years experience and knowledge, benefit from our outstanding facilities and well-managed placements, and qualify as an early years teacher with our PGCE Primary Education with Early Years.
Our Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE) Primary Early Years pathway leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), giving you the experience, the opportunity, and the knowledge to work in both Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings and infant/primary school settings.
The EYFS is a unique phase of education which involves learning through play and first-hand experiences both inside and outdoors. This phase leads into Key Stage 1, where children really start to engage with learning to read, applying their mathematical knowledge, and making sense of how the world works.
Choose the early years pathway if you are interested in early learning and early child development. By choosing this pathway, you will experience both the EYFS and Key Stage 1 phases, and will therefore be highly skilled in two curricula. If you are interested in the rewards and challenges of being an early years expert teacher, choose this pathway.
Your tutors are internationally or nationally renowned experts, and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course.
Learning takes place through a series of lectures,, practical seminars and workshops, where interactive and discussion-based techniques will encourage you to engage, reflect and challenge. Sessions may include:
participating in workshop-style sessions with your peers
attending presentations by subject experts
working on tasks in groups
having individual tutorials
visits to schools or other education settings
visits to theatres, museums, galleries or sites of educational interest
writing assignments on aspects of subject teaching and professional studies.
Alongside your University tutors, you will be taught and guided by a team of committed and experienced University-trained school mentors.
The Institute of Education is based on our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30m refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated, world-class education centre.
We have created dedicated spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects such as music, PE, drama, the sciences, ICT, and art, including:
musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio
well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media
studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk screen.
Alongside these fantastic facilities you will also find places to eat and drink as well as plenty of green space.
Placements enable you to develop the skills and knowledge valued and desired by employers. You will build your confidence in the classroom, and gain practical teaching experience. Placements also provide you with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and build your professional network.
You will have plenty of opportunities throughout your PGCE to apply your developing skills to real-life settings. We have strong partnerships with over 300 local schools and are renowned for our relationships with these partner schools.
It is a testament to the strength of our partnerships, and the regard in which our graduates are held, that most schools in Berkshire employ at least one graduate of the Institute of Education.
The Learning Hub
We have an incredible collection of teaching resources housed in the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers, the Learning Hub contains an extensive selection of teaching aids for loan or reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.
The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK.
Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) plus grade C or above in GCSE mathematics, science and English or equivalent.
You will need to demonstrate sufficient understanding of and insight into the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and the processes involved in learning and teaching. In order to show such understanding and insight it may be beneficial to undertake a visit to a maintained primary or Early Years school.
You will be required to undertake a criminal record and occupational health check. You will also need to demonstrate competence in Fundamental English and mathematics by the end of the course. This is a new DfE requirement which replaces the QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy.
What will you study?
The core subjects (English, maths and science)
The Foundation Subjects
Special Educational Needs
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
New international students: £16,045 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our students have excellent employment prospects — in fact, many of our trainee teachers are employed before they graduate. The majority of our graduates go into schools and have rewarding teaching careers.
You could also take your educational skills to the worlds of business, culture, art, healthcare, human resources, adult learning and further varied fields.
Studying with us enables you to progress in your career, with many students successfully pursuing promotion following graduation.