About the course
Primary Early Years (3-7 years) (X121)
Liverpool Hope University is one of the country's leading providers of Initial Teacher Education. In the most recent National Student Survey 97% of our undergraduate QTS students expressed overall satisfaction with provision, placing us top among the fifty largest providers of teacher training in the UK and 16% above the national average.
The PGCE Early Years course is a postgraduate qualification aimed at high-quality graduates wishing to pursue a career in Early Years teaching. It is an intensive, demanding yet very rewarding programme running from late August to July Tutors are dedicated to individual student support and to working closely with our partners in local schools.
Our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with a rich diversity of experience in many types of schools. We are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained and need both theoretical and practical preparation to be truly outstanding teachers. Our lectures and workshops are engaging and interactive, supporting you in becoming well-informed and reflective professionals who can take independent judgements and are ready to be full members of a school community.
TEF GOLD AWARD (Teaching Excellence Framework)
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK's higher education sector. Based on the evidence available the TEF Panel judged that Liverpool Hope University delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
It is anticipated that candidates will have read the entry requirements and have some understanding of the course for which they have applied.
Candidates are required to undertake core curriculum tests.
At interview applicants take part in a group task and an individual interview. As well as scenario based resilience testing.
Full interview details will be sent out prior to interview.
Notification following interview
Applicants will be able to track the status of their application on line.
Successful applicants will receive notification on UCAS and also receive a confirmation letter
Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification via UCAS and receive a letter with a feedback from interview.
How school placements work
At Liverpool Hope we have strong and long standing partnerships with a wide range of schools across the North West. Our partnership includes over 300 schools encompassing faith based settings, community schools, academies and schools from the private sector. All our partner schools share our vision for creating The Hope Teacher and are skilled at providing you with the practical support to become an outstanding classroom practitioner.
High quality partnership schools are selected for students according to their training requirements. We match placements carefully ensuring students gain a range of experience in different schools and settings building on their prior knowledge and experience. All partner school have experienced, trained mentors who will support this you to succeed.
Post graduate students complete two assessed professional placements during their training. Placements increase in length as you progress through your training preparing you for the real world of teaching. There are additional opportunities for enhanced placement opportunities including early years, special educational needs and international placement experiences.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Preferably a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree, exceptional applicants with a 2:2 may be considered.
GCSE Grade C or above in English, mathematics & science These can be pending but required before enrolment
Relevant experience in a school setting is beneficial for your application, but not essential.
Offers will be subject to a) successful interview, b) Health Check Statement, c) Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally Criminal Records Bureau CRB).
Knowledge of the subject specific curriculum
The ability to articulate views on the principles and practice of education particularly as it relates to teaching of subject specific
The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
A desire to teach and inspire children
The ability to present information and communicate well verbally and in writing.
Strong organisational skills
A good reference
It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must ensure these are passed before the start of the course, please go to the website for details.
Evidence of experiences of the world of work outside of education
Range of interests and skills
Other experiences of working with children, young people and/or adults
About the training provider
Liverpool Hope University has been providing first class training opportunities for aspirational teaching professionals for nearly 175 years. The PGCE course offered is an intensive and challenging yet rewarding programme aimed at high quality graduates who have a real passion for their subject and a desire to inspire the next generation.
If you train to teach with us, you will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled professionals, drawn from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, who bring with them a rich diversity of experience. The tutor teams are dedicated to providing individually tailored support as you work towards becoming an aspirational Hope Teaching Professional.
We have developed strong, long standing partnerships with a wide range of schools across the North West, enabling us to provide you with the best school based training. At Liverpool Hope, we are committed to the idea that teachers are formed not trained, and therefore provide the theoretical and practical support you will need to become an outstanding classroom practitioner. A programme of engaging and interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and conference days supports the school based experience, enabling you to become a critically reflective professional, confident in making well informed, independent judgements.
TEF Gold Award
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s higher education sector. Based on the evidence gathered, TEF awarded Liverpool Hope the gold award in recognition of the consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes delivered for its students.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We endeavour to ensure equality of educational opportunity across our diverse student community. The University will take reasonable steps to ensure that the general need for access and the specific requirements of individuals with additional support needs are addressed. The Learning Support Team works with disabled students in order to minimise any potential disadvantage they may face because of their disability. Find out more about disability support at Hope here (http://www.hope.ac.uk/lifeathope/studentsupport/disabilitysupport/)
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD
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