About the course
Train to enthuse and inspire children aged 5-11 with creative teaching.
Choose a research specialism from a variety of subjects.
Join an innovative, school-led programme and learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education.
Benefit from high quality training through our excellent partnerships with schools and experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes.
Develop your own interests and receive individual support.
Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
Our PGCE Primary Education with QTS programme is a school-based partnership, combining on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.
The PGCE will train you to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. You will receive a high quality training experience and learn the latest approaches and strategies necessary to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).
During the programme you will study a breadth of subjects, including all of the National Curriculum subjects. Through a focus on evidence-based research, you will investigate further one of the following:
- Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning
- Creative Arts
- Modern Languages
- Physical Education
- Special Educational Needs/Disabilities
- Learning Outside The Classroom
This PGCE consists of three main elements.
- Academic and Professional Development – gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will develop the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and classroom management. You will also gain an understanding of the education system, consider the wider professional role of a teacher, and learn how to reflect upon and take responsibility for your professional development.
- Curriculum Subject Knowledge – working with expert tutors, you will acquire essential subject knowledge for the Primary National Curriculum. Exploring a range of teaching methods, including the use of ‘new’ technologies, you will be guided in how to provide children with stimulating, imaginative and effective learning experiences.
- Specialism – you will identify a specific focus of personal interest relevant to current issues, initiatives and discussions within your chosen specialism. You will conduct a literature review and develop proposals for school improvement.
We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.
How school placements work
On the Primary PGCE programme we work with a range of schools predominately in the North West working with just under 700 settings in 2017/18.
Trainees are placed with children aged 5 to 11 years for the majority of their training and usually undertake three discreet placements. The year is patterned to provide an enhancement opportunity outside of the primary curriculum and could be Early Years, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or Key Stage 3 settings for ten days. This is followed by two longer blocks of up to 60 days each, in Key stage 1 and Key Stage two
Trainees develop their approaches to all aspects of the role of the teacher initially working with and teaching small groups, the placements are developmental, and the teaching responsibility increases accordingly. Trainees undertake a range of in school training experiences linked to the requirements of the placement and their own individual training needs.
Trainees are allocated to placements based on a range of criteria including their geographical location, but also in relation to their training needs and requirements.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20 are still to be announced by the Government.
For more details visit our website.
Financial support information for international students can be found here.
You may be eligible for a loan while you study.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.
To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit our website.
Before the programme commences, you must have:
- A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);
- GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language and Mathematics;
- GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology.
You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Details can be found here.
When you apply, you are expected to have:
- A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher
- Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.
If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children.
Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
About the training provider
Edge Hill University is based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester. The institution has been providing higher education since 1885, with a mission to create opportunity from knowledge.
The institution’s significant success in achieving its mission is recognised by a range of awards and high rankings for teaching, student experience, accommodation and more. Edge Hill is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. The University is also one of the select few to have held the coveted UK University of the Year title, awarded by Times Higher Education (2014/15).
Edge Hill University has been at the forefront of initial teacher training for 130 years. Our PGCEs enable graduates to train to teach in early years, primary, secondary or further education.
You can study a broad-based early years or primary PGCE, specialise in primary mathematics or primary physical education, choose from a variety of dedicated routes in secondary subject areas, or prepare for a career in further education or the lifelong learning sector.
If you’re looking to join a PGCE in secondary education but lack the required subject knowledge, we may have a suitable subject knowledge enhancement course for you.
Whichever age range or specialism you choose, your programme will combine expert tuition with significant time in schools and other settings, enabling you to gain extensive practical experience and become increasingly confident in the classroom.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Inclusion Team provide information, guidance and support to applicants and students who have disclosed any of the following: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Mental Health, Sensory Impairment, Mobility difficulties or a medical condition e.g. Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart Condition, Asthma and we work closely with academic and support staff across the University.
Learning Services provides support to students with a specific learning difficulty – SpLD, such as Dyslexia.
We encourage disabled applicants to make contact with us early in the application process to enable us to plan for support you may need right from start of your university course. We provide a friendly and professional service and applicants and students can discuss individual requirements in complete confidence. Our highly experienced team are here to advise about:
- Impact of disability/health condition and potential impact on study
- Support available including 1-1 sessions, group support and study skills sessions
- The benefits of a Student Support Plan
- Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and eligibility
- Reasonable adjustments to support your study
- Exam modifications and alternative assessments
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Support whilst on placement (e.g. access and transport)
- Disclosure and Confidentiality
- Rights and Responsibilities
- PEEPs and Emergency Action Plans
One of our priorities is to ensure safe environment for all students. If you have Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or another serious health condition which may require First Aid, we recommend that you complete our Emergency Action Plan. We can discuss this with you when we see you.
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