School of Education
The School of Education at Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s largest and most successful schools of education in one of the world’s premier academic communities. It is an internationally recognised centre for professional development and training and provides high quality postgraduate courses that are tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of home and international students.
Based on a campus overlooking Oxford, you will have access to many of the city’s world class resources. You will be part of a supportive learning community at Harcourt Hill – a site with superb academic, sporting and recreational facilities.
The School’s high quality teaching and intellectual diversity enables you to develop your career according to your interests and ambition.
All our courses are underpinned by leading research and are taught by lecturers with a wide range of recent experience in schools as well as other early years and educational settings.
Training to be a teacher
For trainee teachers we offer a number of routes to gaining Qualified Teacher Status and to QTLS for those teaching or wishing to teach in the post-compulsory and life-long learning sector. Our PGCE Primary course for students wishing to teach children between the ages of 3-11 years was recently graded as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Our PGCE Secondary course is for those who want to teach students aged 11-18 years.
In 2012-13 we are offering a brand NEW course, Physics with maths alongside Science with Chemistry or Physics, maths, English and modern languages. Training bursaries of up to £20,000 are available from the Teaching Agency (TA) and/or the Institute of Physics.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is taught at Masters level and can contribute towards our MA in Education, and other specialist MAs. Our MA and Doctoral programmes provide qualifications for teachers, educational leaders and those in the caring professions. We offer flexible part-time, weekend and twilight courses so that you can fit your study around your family and work commitments and we also offer online modes of study and delivery at school based centres to support the development of professional practice.
Research at the School of Education takes place within a unique inter-disciplinary environment that includes teacher education and educational and childhood studies.
Research takes place in all education sectors and related services and research themes include: Learning identity and culture; Childhood, community and citizenship; and Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
The School of Education is committed to encouraging and supporting the development of a strong research culture and capacity. Our research is reflected in aims to enhance professionals’ understanding and practice by critical research engagement with policy, and research-informed concerns and interests in professional and academic practices.
There is a strong interest in the methodological implications of doing research and this is reflected in the published outputs of staff.
Our research makes important links to teaching at all levels, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, doctoral research and initial teacher training.
In addition to a number of funded projects, we provide opportunities for researchers and research students to meet and discuss their ongoing research. There is overlap between research areas and some individual members of staff research across more than one thematic area.
There is a varied programme of research events involving academic staff, postgraduate and research students, and individuals outside the School of Education with shared interests. An annual Research and Knowledge Transfer Conference provides a forum for staff to present and discuss their research.
Our campus at Harcourt Hill has all the facilities you would expect to find in a modern university.
A state of the art lecture theatre includes multimedia facilities, writing boards, overhead display units, and sound and vision equipment. There is also a specialist education resource centre and well resourced media studio on site.
You will have access not just to the campus library but all Oxford Brookes’ main libraries. An inter-library loan service will enable you to borrow materials from elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
The campus provides a full catering service from breakfast through to dinner. A range of Fairtrade drinks and snacks are available from the Cafe Direct coffee bar.
Harcourt Hill boasts fantastic sports and recreational facilities including a music studio, dance studio, theatre, squash courts, tennis courts, 25 metre swimming pool and 9 hole golf course.